Degree Programs

Master of Science

The Master of Science degree is available with thesis and nonthesis options in pharmacy administration and clinical pharmacy. Thesis work is encouraged at the master's level. A dissertation is required of students working toward a Ph.D. degree.

The Master of Science thesis option consists of at least 24 hours of didactic instruction related to an approved plan of study and successful execution and defense of a thesis describing original research. Students work closely with their major professor and advisory committee to design and carry out thesis research. The nonthesis option requires additional coursework, investigation of special problems, and/or a project-oriented administrative residency. With proper planning and initiative, a typical student can complete the Master of Science degree in two years of full-time study.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of approved classroom study in addition to the Master of Science degree or its equivalent. Students must develop both a major and minor area of program emphasis.

All doctoral candidates must complete a dissertation based on original research, demonstrating the ability to organize and carry out scientific investigation. Dissertation research calls for intensive commitment and effort. Although the timetable for completing the Ph.D. program depends greatly on the candidate's motivation and the nature of the research problem selected, students may complete work on a Ph.D. degree after four to five years of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students entering the program with an advanced degree may complete their Ph.D. work in two to three years of full-time study. Students interested in the College's professional degree program (Pharm.D. degree) which prepare them to practice pharmacy should click this link to request more information.

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