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Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD Application Instructions

Research Experience

Applicants must enter each research experience in the following areas: academic year (undergraduate), summer internships, and post-undergraduate. Do not enter experiences associated with a class, for example an organic chemistry lab course. Be as accurate as possible. If you are unsure where to place an experience, use your best judgement. If you have more than one type of a particular level experience, for example two summer internships, applicants must click the Add Research Experience button to add the additional summer internship experience or any other additional research experiences.

Supplemental Items

Required supplemental items are applied to an application AFTER application submission. Log into your account and scroll down to see the supplemental items and status of those items. All required supplemental items must be received before an application is considered complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Letters of Reference

Applicants should selected referees who can address the applicant’s aptitude for research, desire for a career in research and science, and suitability for the academic program. At least one of the recommendations should be from a research mentor. Letters submitted outside our online recommendation system are strongly discouraged.


Applicants are required to upload a resume/CV as a required supplemental item. Since we conduct many admissions interviews via Skype, please include a picture of yourself on the document for identity verification purposes for the interview. There is no standard format for the Resume/CV, however applicants should include paid research positions, research presentations, and publications.

Financial Documents (International Applicants ONLY)

Applicants may be required to provide proof of ability to pay tuition/fees and living expenses as a required supplemental item to the application. Failure to provide the documentation will render your application incomplete and incomplete applications are not reviewed. These documents include:

  • Bank Statement from an account belonging to the applicant showing a minimum of $33,561. The document must be in English. Amounts must be in USD or equivalent available balance.
  • If the applicant has a financial sponsor, we also require a bank statement from an account belonging to the sponsor as well as a letter from the sponsor or Financial Affidavit stating their intent to financially support the applicant. The sponsor’s bank statement must be in English and show an available balance in USD or equivalent at the same minimum amounts as stated above. The sponsor letter accepting financial responsibility must be signed and an electronic signature is not valid.
  • Applicants with a spouse and/or children must provide proof of an additional $7,500 USD for the spouse and for each child.
  • Applicants with scholarships awarded by their home countries, such as Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission, must still submit the required financial documents. We are unable to accept the SACM or other provisional financial guarantee as proof of funding until a TTUHSC admission letter is processed. In order to meet the admission requirement you will need to show proof of personal funding.

Misc. Information

Research Assistantships

Most Pharmaceutical Sciences Ph.D. students receive a Research Assistantship in the amount of $25,000 per year. Students awarded an RA must complete a job application and successfully pass a criminal background check. Research Assistants are 50% employees of TTUHSC and are paid monthly on the first of each month. The monthly salary amount is $2,083.33 BEFORE taxes and other deductions are subtracted by payroll. 


Students with a Research Assistantship are eligible for Texas resident tuition rates and some fee waivers.  More information is available on the Student Business Services website

Tuition and fees are set by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents each year, generally in the summer prior to the new academic year. Expect to pay approximately $1,000 each semester, but this amount does not include opt in fees such as Medical Services and Student Recreation Center. After a student completes required coursework and enters full-time research, tuition/fees drop to around $500 each semester. Costs provided are estimates only and may not represent the true cost of tuition/fees. Applicants should consult the Student Business Services website to determine exact tuition/fees cost.

Health Insurance

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents requires all students to have health insurance, and are required to provide proof of health insurance each year. Students who have failed to carry insurance and have suffered illness or injury resulting in high medical bills have often been financially unable to continue their education. Unlike free medical care in some countries, medical care in the U.S. is very expensive.

To calculate benefit enrollment costs, Research Assistants should look at the information listed under part-time employees, graduate students/teaching assistants, post-doctoral and adjunct faculty.