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.
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
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
Bachelor's degree in pharmacy, chemistry, or the biological sciences or Pharm.D. degree and adequate preparation in mathematics is a prerequisite to admission.
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
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
TOTAL REQUIRED: 33