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Graduate Programs

Thinking about a career in biomedical research? Learn about graduate programs in the College of Pharmacy.

Welcome to the College of Pharmacy, home of four PhD and three MS programs. 

We are a scientific community of 52 tenured and tenure track faculty members, 11 research and 112 clinical faculty, 115 graduate students, and 30 postdocs. In addition to traditional departmental degrees, we offer PharmD/PhD joint degree program, with 8 students enrolled at this time.

We are pleased that you are considering College of Pharmacy for your graduate studies and invite you to explore links to individual programs for more information. Interested applicants should contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the department of interest for requirements and application details.  Download the Graduate Programs Brochure.


The College's Graduate Programs

PhD in Biopharmaceutical Sciences

Director of Graduate Studies:
Richard Gemeinhart, PhD

Research in the biopharmaceutical sciences involves pharmaceutics (drug delivery), pharmacodynamics (drug action), pharmacokinetics (drug absorption and distribution properties) and pharmacogenomics (study of genetic factors that influence individual response to drug therapy).

PhD in Medicinal Chemistry

Director of Graduate Studies:
Douglas D. Thomas, PhD

Research in medicinal chemistry is focused on the discovery and development of biologically active agents with potential therapeutic application. Our program offers concentrations in analytical and chemical toxicology, biomedicinal chemistry, computational medicinal chemistry, structural biology and synthetic medicinal chemistry.

PhD in Pharmacognosy

Director of Graduate Studies:
Jimmy Orjala, PhD

Research in pharmacognosy includes  the study of the chemistry, biochemistry, biology, taxonomy, and ethnobiology of natural products from plant, marine and other life origins. Individual tracks include natural products drug discovery, medical ethnobotany, biochemical and molecular toxicology, and biotechnology.

PhD in Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology track

Coordinator of Graduate Track:
Michael Federle, PhD

Research focus is on mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, discovery and design of antimicrobial and antiviral drugs, bacterial communication and its impact on human health, discovery of novel antibiotic classes from marine organisms, role of small RNAs in disease, cancer research, and molecular mechanisms of psychiatric disorders.

PhD in Pharmacy (Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy)

Director of Graduate Studies: 
Simon Pickard, PhD

Research in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy combines statistics and research design with theoretical frameworks from decision and information sciences, economics, epidemiology, communication, public health and education.  

MS in Forensic Science

Director of Graduate Studies: 
A. Karl Larsen, PhD

This stand-alone, professional master's degree program provides broad knowledge of basic forensic science laboratory disciplines: biology/biochemistry, chemistry and trace (materials) evidence analysis; drug identification and toxicology; and pattern evidence (documents, fingerprints, firearms and tool marks).

MS in Forensic Toxicology

Director of Graduate Studies: 
A. Karl Larsen, PhD

This stand-alone, professional master's degree program encompasses a broad knowledge of the basic areas of the laboratory disciplines utilized in the analysis of body fluids which will be used to assist in cases which will end up in court, with emphasis on the integration of analytical and interpretative skills.

MS in Comparative Effectiveness Research

Director of Graduate Studies: 
Dan Touchette, PharmD

This online master's degree program provides individuals already working in a pharmaceutical or medical product company, government agency, or in a health care provider organization with the skills and knowledge relevant to conducting comparative effectiveness research (CER) for application in the pharmaceutical and health care industries. CER is the “conduct and synthesis of research comparing the benefits and harms of different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions in real world settings".