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Graduate Committee: Dr. Jered Garrison (Chair & Graduate Program Director); Dr. Aaron Mohs; Dr. Corey Hopkins, Dr. Rongshi Li; and Dr. Ram Mahato.  

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Master of Science program takes generally takes two years to complete, whereas four to five years are usually required to complete the requirements of the Ph.D. degree.  For each student, a course of study involving formal course work and original laboratory research is developed and approved by their Advisory Committee.  Depending upon a student’s background and area of research interest, core courses are taken in subjects such as, medicinal chemistry, spectroscopy, biophysical chemistry, physical pharmacy, innovative drug delivery, polymer therapeutics, quantitative drug delivery, pharmacokinetics, molecular biology, immunology and statistics.  All students are actively involved in weekly seminars and journal clubs.  Students may also take courses offered at the University of Nebraska Omaha and Lincoln campuses.

General Requirements

  •  Completion of coursework
  •  Completion of the comprehensive examination
  •  Completion of a research project consistent with a master's level achievement
  •  Completion and successful defense of a master's thesis (Thesis Option only)

Coursework

Students pursuing the MS degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences must complete the following courses:

Required Courses
PHSC 845QUANTITATIVE PHARMACUETICAL ANALYSIS3
PHSC 885PHYSICAL PHARMACY3
PHSC 910PHARMACOKINETICS AND BIOPHARMACEUTICS3
IPBS 801FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMOLECULES (required only if the student has not taken undergraduate/graduate biochemistry or failed to achieve a grade of B or higher in that course)3
PHSC 960CURRENT TOPICS IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (each Fall and Spring)1
PHSC 970SEMINAR (each Fall and Spring)1
PHSC 899MASTERS THESIS1-9
Electives (minimum of 1 course)
Students will work with their Advisory Committee to determine the appropriate elective courses