How to Apply

Why PBS?

Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences: Basic Science with Real World Applications

The graduate program in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences (PBS) offers a rigorous interdisciplinary training environment including research opportunities in the areas of Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Toxicology, and Biochemistry, with a focus on translational drug discovery.  Our graduates are uniquely equipped for careers at the interface of biology and chemistry, and are prepared to apply this information and technology to deliver the next generation of novel therapies.

Recent graduates of our program currently hold research positions in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and government labs, as well as teaching and non-traditional regulatory positions.  The department is housed in the UGA College of Pharmacy, which recently expanded into a new state-of-the-art research and teaching facility.  PBS faculty are actively involved in interdisciplinary biomedical science initiatives that span the University of Georgia research community, including the Center for Drug Discovery, the UGA Cancer Center, and the Neurosciences program.

The University of Georgia is the flagship institution in Georgia’s University System. Founded in 1785, UGA is America’s first state-chartered university. UGA has established a national reputation for rigorous academics. The university has generated 21 Rhodes scholars and is home to the Peabody Award and the Delta Prize for Global Understanding. In 2010, UGA, through collaboration with Georgia Health Sciences University, accepted the first class of medical students at the Athens campus. This partnership promises to initiate even more opportunities for biomedical research, with great potential for patient-oriented clinical medicine.

Degrees Offered

The Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences offers an undergraduate BS degree program and Master’s and Doctoral graduate degree programs.  Students apply to the BS program at the end of their second year of undergraduate studies.  Deadlines and criteria for admissions and assistantship eligibility differ between the two graduate programs.  See the links below for application procedures, deadlines, and admission criteria.

PhD Application Requirements and Deadlines

Admissions to the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences graduate program is managed through the Integrated Life Sciences program ). Instructions for submitting your application  can be found at their website. The application deadline is December 1st.

MS Application Requirements and Deadlines

Applicants to the PBS Master’s Program must submit  a complete application via the UGA Graduate School’s website.  The application deadline for domestic students is July 1 for Fall admission and November 15 for Spring admission.  More information for domestic applicants can be found here.  The application deadline for international students is April 15 for Fall admission and October 15 for Spring admission. More information for international applicants can be found here.

Additionally, prospective MS students must identify a PBS faculty member to serve as major professor prior to admission. Students should contact faculty members directly to inquire, and notify the PBS graduate admissions office ( when a faculty mentor is identified.  MS students are not eligible for departmental teaching assistantships.