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Pharmaceutical Sciences (MS) - Pharm Econ Policy & Outcomes 
Program Description

Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy and Outcomes Track

The growth in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical sectors has created a demand for well-trained scientists who provide technical expertise that evaluates medication therapy and pharmacy services in the context of its benefits, risks, and costs.  The M.S. program provides rigorous scientific training similar to that taking place in the Ph.D. track but with different academic requirements and less extensive research training.  The average time to graduation is less than three years.  Many M.S. graduates pursue pharmaceutical industry or managed care careers, which involve activities such as working at the project development, design, and management level, assisting in product development, and marketing.  The M.S. degree is required for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Pharmaceutical Sciences -

The College of Pharmacy offers a graduate program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy and/or a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Over twenty faculty participate in the program. 

Faculty research interests are in various areas of:

(1) Drug Discovery and Development

(2) Health Pharm Outcomes Research

(3) Pharmaceutics

College of Pharmacy  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Sonya M Flores-Basurto
Graduate Program Coordinator
Sonya M Flores-Basurto
Director of Graduate Studies
Nathan J Cherrington
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

GPA 3.0 or higher
TOEFL 550 paper based or 79 intenet based (international students)
GRE is required, but no minimum requirement
3 letters of recommendation
Statement of purpose
Official Transcripts
Bachelor's degree in pharmacy, chemistry, or the biological sciences or Pharm.D. degree and adequate preparation in mathematics is a prerequisite to admission.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE
Required GRE Subject tests: None
Recommended tests: GRE
Recommended GRE Subject tests: None
Minimum GRE Verbal: 513
Minimum GRE Quantitative: 670
Minumum GRE Written: 4.5
Minimum GMAT: N/A
Minimum MAT: N/A
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

Financial assistance for M.S. students is dependent on the availability of funds.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1st

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1st
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy and Outcomes M.S. Coursework

The Graduate Program track in Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy, and Outcomes requires at least 33 units.  At least half of the units must have letter grades assigned (i.e., A, B, C, etc.).  A 3.0 grade point average must be maintained.  Probation will result if a student's GPA falls below 3.0.

PHSC 513              Health Technology Assessment (3 units)

PHSC 543              Health Services Research Methods (3 units)

PHSC 506              Economic Foundations for Health Sciences (3 units)

EPID 576a             Biostatistics in Public Health (3 units)

EPID 576b             Biostatistics for Research (3 units)

PHSC 621a            Applied Health Technology Assessment (4 units)

Electives                (Approved by major advisor) (6 units)

PHSC 596e            Student Seminar (2 units)

PHSC 910              Thesis (6 units) - Thesis Required


Minor Requirements


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Last revised 22 Dec 2015