Application Requirements

Apply to the Ph.D. Program in Molecular and Medical Pharmacology

To apply for our Ph.D program, prospective students should follow the directions on the UCLA Graduate Programs in Bioscience (GPB) webpage.

Candidates considered for admission must have completed a B.A. or B.S. degree in engineering, physical or life sciences fields and submit the following materials by December 1, 2020:

Materials submitted online through the Graduate Division website:

  1. Application
  2. Personal History Statement
  3. Statement of Purpose
  4. Resume
  5. Minimum of three recommendation letters
  6. TOEFL/IELTS score (international applicants only)
  7. Unofficial transcripts
  8. Fellowship Application (if applying for the Graduate Division fellowships)
  9. Application fee


  • GRE scores taken within the last three years (general test only). The institution code for UCLA is 4837. The Department code for Pharmacology is 0216.

  • Students who wish to apply to our graduate program for the 2021-2022 academic year are not required to take the GRE or submit a GRE score report as part of their application package.  However, students may voluntarily submit GRE test scores and they will be reviewed as part of the holistic application consideration.  The applications with GRE scores will not be given greater weight than those that do not include scores.

Materials submitted by email to the Home Area:

  • Official transcripts

Attention: Emily Fitch

Alternate Ph.D. Entry Programs

We accept students through the following academic programs at UCLA:

Pharmacology vs. Pharmacy

IMPORTANT! If your goal is to be able to dispense drugs as a pharmacist, you want a PHARMACY school, not a Pharmacology program. The following schools in California have Pharmacy programs: