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College of pharmacy and health sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

MSPS Curriculum

The Master's program involves an intensive curriculum consisting of didactic courses and thesis research. Successful completion of the MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree will require at least 30 semester credit hours with not less than 6 hours of research credit. The findings of the research must be compiled into a thesis and defended with an oral presentation and examination by the thesis committee. All students work in conjunction with a Graduate Research Faculty Mentor. Coursework is as follows:

Required core courses for emphasis areas of Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology (total 12 credits)

  • RX780 Current Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences (G)(1)—to be taken two semesters
  • RX781 Seminars in Pharmaceutical Sciences (G)(1)—to be taken two semesters
  • RX782 Ethics in Research (G)(1)
  • RX783 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Research (G)(2)
  • RX784 Experimental Design and Data Analysis (G)(2)
  • RX785 Biopharmaceutical Analysis (G)(3) 

Elective Courses

  • RX786 Advanced Drug Delivery (G)(3)
  • RX787 Industrial Pharmacy: Preformulation and Product Development (G)(3)
  • RX788 Molecular Pharmacology (G)(3) 

Additional elective courses will be included as per the recommendation of the Research and Graduate Review Committee.

A non-pharmacy major student is advised to take Pharmacology for Science Majors. Additionally, deficiencies in curricular background may be addressed by requiring appropriate undergraduate courses as determined by the thesis committee and/or Director of the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program. Additional coursework and/or research credits to fulfill the requirements of the MS degree will be determined by the thesis committee.