Graduate Program

Core Courses and Research Requirements for Thesis-Based M.S. and Ph.D.

All students entering the graduate studies programs at the School of Pharmacy will work with an advisor throughout their didactic education and during the completion of their research-based theses.

First-year students will take Survey of Pharmaceutical Sciences and at least two different labs to determine their research paths of study before choosing an advisor.

Master’s Students

Master’s-level students in the thesis-based Pharmaceutical Sciences Program (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics or Pharmacodynamics) must complete 30 graduate credits of required core courses and approved electives within a time frame of five years. Coursework is chosen with the help of an advisor.

In addition, M.S. students are responsible for completing six research credits with a faculty member and writing and defending a research-based thesis.

Doctoral Students

Within seven years, doctoral students in the Pharmaceutical Sciences (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics or Pharmacodynamics) must complete 40 graduate credits beyond their bachelor’s degrees and 16 beyond their master’s degrees.

Didactic courses, which are largely replaced with research and lab work as the program progresses, consist of core requirements, electives and additional approved courses that each student chooses with the help of his or her advisor.

In addition, Ph.D. students are responsible for writing and defending a research-based dissertation before the Dissertation Examining Committee and fulfilling a residency requirement of one year of full-time study at the School of Pharmacy.

Links for Non-Thesis Master’s Students

The MS Program in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs (QA/RA) and Pharmaceutics Non-Thesis Master’s Degrees are also offered through the Graduate Program; they have unique curricula and degree requirements tailored to pharmaceutical professionals taking classes part time.

Core Courses for Thesis-Based M.S. and Ph.D.

Semester

Course Title

Course #

Semester Hours

Every Spring

Intro to Biostatistics

5002

3 s.h.

Every Fall

Pharmaceutical Analysis

8002

3 s.h.

Every Spring

Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences

8051

1-2 s.h.

Every Fall

Survey of Pharmaceutical Sciences

8121

1 s.h.

Every Spring

Pharmacokinetics

8127

3 s.h.

Every Fall

Principles of Drug Discovery

8128

3 s.h.

Every even-year Fall

Bioethics in Research

8129

2 s.h.

Every odd-year Spring

Pharmacogenomics

8403

2 s.h.

Every Fall

Biochemistry (PharmD Med Chem 1 course)

P151

5 s.h.

total:

23-24* s.h.

*M.S. to take 1 s.h.; Ph.D. to take 2 s.h.

Concentration-specific required courses

Course Title

Course #

Credits

Physical Pharmacy

8006

3

Principles of Pharmacokinetics

8008

3

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing I

8003

3

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing II

8004

3

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

8005

3

Applied Biopharmaceutics

8007

3

Advanced Drug and Gene Delivery Systems

8584

3

Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences

8000

1-3

Advanced Medicinal Chemistry I

8009

3

Advanced Medicinal Chemistry II

8011

3

Organic Mechanisms

4201

3

Organic Syntheses

5205

3

Physical Methods in Organic Chemistry 

5201

3

Organometallic Chemistry

 

 

Heterocyclic Chemistry

 

 

Introduction to Toxicology

8111

3

Pharmacology I

P164

4

Principles of Physiology

5851

3

Abuses of Drugs and Chemicals

8464

3

Cellular Pharmacology

9703

4

*Advisors can recommend specific courses for their students. Please refer to the appropriate department and/or instructor for specific course offerings. 

Approved Elective Courses

Department

Course Title

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Physical Pharmacy II

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Modified Release Dosage Forms

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Drug Dosage Forms

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Advanced PK Modeling I

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Advanced PK Modeling II

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Abuses of Drugs and Chemicals

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Radioisotope Methodology

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Metabolism of Drugs and Chemicals

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Introduction to Toxicology

Chemistry

Advanced Instrumental Methods

Chemistry

Chemical Kinetics

Chemistry

Special Topics in Organic Chemistry

Chemistry

Chemistry of Natural Products

Chemistry

Statistical Thermodynamics

Molecular Biology and Genetics (Medical School)

Molecular Genetics

Pharmacology

Molecular Biological Receptors

Pharmacology

Neuropharmacology

Molecular Biology and Genetics (Medical School)

Molecular Biology of Signal Transduction

Computer & Information Sciences

Bioinformatics (Machine learning)

   

Additional courses may be taken with approval from an advisor and TUSP's Office of Graduate Studies.

Course Descriptions