Graduate Degrees & Programs
Graduate Programs in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Doctor of Pharmacy
The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences offers a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program that prepares students to become advanced pharmacy practitioners who possess the knowledge and skills required to function as authorities on the use of medicines, and who can apply pharmaceutical and biomedical science to the practical problems of drug therapy. Doctor of Pharmacy practitioners are capable of contributing to the interdisciplinary delivery of primary health care and can function as drug therapy information resource specialists. Students also are prepared for specialty professional studies and for graduate study in the pharmaceutical sciences.
Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences offers the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in five areas of emphasis: pharmaceutics, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacy administration and clinical sciences. The program involves an intensive curriculum consisting of didactic courses and thesis research. Successful completion of the MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree requires successful completion of at least 30 semester credit hours with not less than 6 hours of research credit. The research must be compiled into a thesis, which is presented and defended in front of the committee.
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Physician assistants (PAs) are highly trained health professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs can offer comprehensive medical services to their patients, from basic primary care to high tech specialty procedures. Recently, U.S.News and World Report listed a career as a physician assistant as one of the 50 best, with an average annual starting salary for new graduates of approximately $80,000, and expects strong growth over the next decade.