Graduate Programs Overview

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What We Offer

The college offers graduate degrees – Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – leading to jobs in industry, academia and government. Students study in one of four research tracks, which are described briefly below.

The college also offers a dual PharmD/PhD degree program for those already admitted to the PharmD program.

For more information about the tracks or the dual degree program, see the introductory information below and visit the Graduate Program Research Tracks pages and the Dual Degree Program page.

Research Tracks

Students seeking a graduate degree from the UA College of Pharmacy may choose to study one of the four research tracks, which are briefly described below. Click on the title of each track for more information.

1. Pharmacology & Toxicology This track teaches students to determine mechanisms of action for pharmaceuticals and identify adverse effects of chemicals such as drugs, industrial chemicals and environmental pollutants. The college is admitting only students seeking PhDs; we currently are not accepting applications for MS degrees.

In the pharmaceutical sciences:
2. Drug Discovery & Development This track teaches the researcher to use cutting-edge technology to create new agents for specific biological targets. The college is admitting only students seeking PhDs at this time.

3. Pharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics This track trains future scientists to create formulations to optimally control the bioavailability of pharmaceuticals. The college is admitting only students seeking PhDs at this time. We are currently not accepting applications for Pharmacokinetics.

4. Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy & Outcomes This track trains the student to critically analyze the impact and outcomes of pharmaceutical products and services within healthcare systems. The college is admitting students seeking either an MS or a PhD degree.

About Our Students

There are approximately 75-80 students total in all the graduate tracks at any given point in time. These numbers fluctuate with the size of the faculty and available funding.

Most MS students complete their degree in 2.5 years (five semesters). Most PhD students finish in about five years.

Contact the graduate affairs coordinator

Originally posted: July 30, 2014
Last updated: February 17, 2017
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