Pharmacist working with studentApplications

Application to the Medicinal Chemistry program is done entirely online through The Graduate Office of Admission online application system. Medicinal Chemistry specific questions are included in this application.


The Medicinal Chemistry program welcomes applications from students with pharmacy, chemistry, or biology degrees. Students majoring in other degree programs that encompass chemical, biochemical, or biological fields of study are also encouraged to apply.

  1. A grade point average indicative of a strong undergraduate academic performance is required of all applicants.
  2. Students from non-English speaking countries must submit either a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. See the Graduate School about the preferred performance levels.
  3. Please note that the University of Minnesota's institution code 6874 should be used for the TOEFL submissions.
  4. Please note that the Department of Medicinal Chemistry no longer requires GRE scores.


  • Applications are only accepted for fall term admission. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. You must fulfill all application requirements, including payment of the application fee, before your application is considered complete. Any inquires about the application fee should be directed to the Graduate School.
  • Applications for Fall 2023 must be submitted by Jan 3, 2023.

Student Diversity

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry embraces the University of Minnesota's position that promoting and supporting diversity among the student body is central to the academic mission of the University. A diverse student body enriches graduate education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching and the development of new knowledge.

A diverse mix of students promotes respect for, and opportunities to learn from, others with the broad range of backgrounds and experiences that constitute modern society. Higher education trains the next generation of leaders of academia and society in general, and such opportunities for leadership should be accessible to all members of society.

The Graduate School and Department of Medicinal Chemistry are therefore committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities through recruitment, admission and support programs that promote diversity, foster successful academic experiences and cultivate the leaders of the next generation.

Application Checklist

Complete your application for admission using the Graduate School's online application system.
You will be asked to provide the following:

  1. A statement explaining your interest in Medicinal Chemistry and why the graduate program at the University of Minnesota is a good fit for you.
  2. A brief summary of any prior work or research experience that has influenced your decision to pursue a Medicinal Chemistry PhD.
  3. Resume/CV.
  4. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  5. Three letters of recommendations. You will be asked to provide contact information for your references, and they will be asked to submit their letter electronically through the online application system.
  6. An application fee ($75 domestic, $95 foreign students).

Financial Assistance

Students who have been accepted into the program with the assurance of financial assistance receive such support in the form of either teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or fellowships.

All students on assistantships and fellowships receive a tuition waiver and a comprehensive health care benefits package.  Students do not need to fill out any additional forms when applying to be considered for financial support. 

Students are fully supported throughout the 5 years of their studies as long as satisfactory progress is being made toward a degree.

Recruitment Weekends

Prospective students will be invited to our recruitment weekend to interact with faculty and students, tour facilities, the campus, and the Twin Cities. Generally this occurs the first weekend in March.


Daniel A. Harki, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
2-139 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building
2231 6th Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455