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Pharmacy students

PharmD/MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

From Research and Development to Pharmacy Practice

With a dual degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy, you will dive into specialized pharmaceutical research while preparing to deliver optimal patient care to a diverse patient population. This dual-degree program expands opportunities available to Pharmacy graduates as they pursue careers in clinical-based research, product development, quality assurance, or academia. 

Students in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program specialize their research as they develop their master's thesis in focus areas that include pharmacology/neuropharmacology, medicinal chemistry and drug development, pharmaceutics and drug delivery, pharmacogenomics, biomedical sciences, and pharmacoeconomics and healthcare data analytics.  

Why choose the PharmD/MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences?

When you pursue a graduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences while earning your PharmD, you'll save time and tuition as you prepare to enter the field. On campus PharmD students are eligible to apply for the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) degree program during their first year in the PharmD program. The dual-degree program is designed to maximize the required MSPS and PharmD curricula, and the two programs share 18-24 credits. By taking advantage of summer semesters, the dual-degree program can be accomplished in five years—just one year beyond PharmD degree.

*PharmD Distance Learning students are not eligible for this dual degree program.

What Will You Study?

The curriculum entails a competency-based framework, using integrated content and teaching, problem-based approaches when appropriate, integrated technology, and experiential exposure threaded throughout. It is designed to incrementally develop strong scientific foundations (in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, social and administrative, and clinical sciences) and professional skills.

During the second year of graudate study, students will begin to sequence their elective courses to meet their MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences focus area interests. During pharmacy practice experiences, learners have many opportunities to demonstrate and apply these skills in progressively advanced methods. The Doctor of Pharmacy tablet (or mobile learning technology) program will enable learners to lease tablets and utilize them in every aspect of the learning process, both didactically and experientially.

Courses are taught in the state-of-the-art classrooms and labs of the Center for the Science and Pharmacy, and will prepare you for career opportunities in basic research, the pharmaceutical industry, at genetic testing laboratories, or clinical sites. As a ۰ϲ graduate, you will also possess the skillsets prized by employers: divergent thinking, communication, teamwork, leadership, and an entrepreneurial mindset—essential to careers in discovery and innovation.

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