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The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree is designed to prepare an individual for responsibilities in professional practice, the pharmaceutical industry and scientific research beyond those possible with the B.S. in Pharmacy degree alone.
Although a single degree is conferred, some specialization is possible in that the curriculum is organized into three distinct options. While applicants must select which program of study (option) they wish to pursue, programs are designed to meet the needs and interests of the individual graduate student.
The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences is granted to the student who satisfactorily completes a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit with a 3.0 or better quality point average. Of the 30 semester hours, a maximum of six semester hours are granted for the thesis research.
Ingeneral, the B.S. in Pharmacy degree from an accredited College of Pharmacy is required for admission, although applicants possessing another baccalaureate degree will be considered if the latter represents adequate preparation. Certain options and graduate courses require undergraduate preparation as prerequisites, and this preparation should be completed as soon as possible upon admission to the Graduate School. The total time required for completion of the graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree will depend upon the preparation of the student entering the Graduate School, and normally a period of two years will be required.
The admission requirements of the Graduate School of the university apply, and the basic requirement is a 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA on all undergraduate work leading to the B.S. in Pharmacy degree. Applicants having less than a 2.7 GPA on all undergraduate work will be considered for admission if other criteria for estimation of potential success in graduate studies are met.
Each student must submit three copies of transcripts, one of which must be official, showing all academic work and degrees granted; three letters of recommendation from college faculty members acquainted with the applicant's character and ability; and scores from the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination.
International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which will be given in their own country by the Educational Testing Service.
All applications must be completed at least one month prior to registration in order to be considered. Normally, however, acceptance will be decided by the third week in May for admission during the following fall semester. Completed applications should, therefore, be received within the first week of April. (International students are encouraged to submit applications one month prior to the stated deadline to allow for delays in international correspondence.) Applications received after April, including those for Summer or Spring Semesters may be held for consideration for the subsequent Fall Semester if existing graduate positions have been filled.
Curriculum and Options M.S. Program in Pharmaceutical Science
The options available to graduate students are: Pharmacology/Toxicology, Administrative Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy.
1. Pharmacology/Toxicology option: Undergraduate courses required: Pharmacology equivalent to PHCL 2600, 2620; Medicinal Chemistry equivalent MBC 3310, 3320, 4300; Mathematics equivalent to MATH 1750, 1760; Chemistry equivalent to CHEM 3710, 3720.
Required courses include: PHCL 5700, 5720, 6700, 6720, 6150, 5900, 6600; BIOL 5610 or PHCL 5140; MBC 6190, CHEM 6310.
Additional course work may be selected from: MBC 5620; PHCL 5600, 5620, 5730, 5750, 5760.
2. Administrative Pharmacy option: Undergraduate courses required: ACCT 4000; ECON 1200; PHPR 3510 and 4520 or equivalents.
Required courses include: MKTG 5410; MGMT 5110; FINA 5310; Educational Research and Measurement 5010 and 6020; PHPR 6520, 6530, 6600 and 6960 or equivalents.
Additional course work may be selected from: PHPR 5990, 6510, 6810, 6820, 6830, 6840; ACCT 6000; ISOM 5220, 6460, 6730; FINA 6130; MGMT 5150, 6020, 6170, 6590; MKTG 5210, 6520; others as approved by adviser.
3. Industrial Pharmacy option: Undergraduate courses required: PHPR 3070, 3080 or CHEM 3710, 3720 and 3730; MBC 3550, 3560; and PHPR 4520, 4550. Courses will be evaluated for students with a B.S. in Pharmacy.
Graduate required courses: CHEM 6300 and 6310; PHCL 6150; BIOL 4660; PHPR 5690, 5700, 5720, 6850, 6600.
Additional course work to be selected from PHPR 5680, 5710, 5990, 6530, 6610, 6620, 6960; CHEM 6720, 6980.
Applicants for the IP and AP options who possess B.S. degrees in Pharmacy from an ACPE accredited institution will be given preference for admission into those options.