Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD, MS)

Program Overview

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a Master of Science and a PhD program in pharmaceutical sciences that are designed to educate the next generation of scientists in the use, development and emerging technologies to advance research in the fields of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. These programs prepare graduates for research and active scholarship that will extend the knowledge base of pharmaceutical sciences in the areas of drug target discovery, drug testing and drug delivery. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers in a variety of scientific fields in industry and academic, as well as for healthcare leadership positions. 

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

The final semester of the 1.5 year MS program allows for a research project, internship, and/or elective coursework depending on availability of placements and students’ interests, such as in laboratories, industry or entrepreneurial enterprises. The PhD program is interdisciplinary with strong research and resource capabilities, where students can learn in laboratories and from faculty members in many different areas, particularly those that delve into drug target discovery, drug development, biomarker development, clinical trials, pharmacogenomics, medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutics.

After You Graduate

Graduates of the MS program will be particularly well-suited for the life-sciences sector and technology services organizations. PhD graduates will be prepared for academic, government and industrial research positions. Training in entrepreneurism will also play a critical role in these programs, preparing graduates to address the rapid growth in biomedical and pharmaceutical startup companies and to provide consultation and technical advisory services to law firms, venture capitalists and the financial services industry. Graduates may also find themselves working in government in areas such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Admission Requirements

For more information, visit the Pharmaceutical Sciences website.