Program Admissions | MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Applicants need to complete 62 credits of prerequisite coursework in addition to the following requirements for consideration for the MS program:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: At the time of applying, students must have or expect to earn a bachelor’s degree prior to start of the program. Students pursuing an approved Pacific University School of Pharmacy Bridge Program are eligible to apply for the MS program.
  • Resume/CV
  • Essay: Students will submit a one-page essay detailing their research interests and professional aspirations.
  • Transcripts:Arrange for all U.S. transcripts to be sent directly to our Graduate Admissions office (Foreign credits will need to be sent as a WES evaluation)
  • Completed MS Application Form: Students must submit this application to be considered for the joint degree program.

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Prerequisite Courses

Conversion of hours | All quarter hours must be converted to semester hours. Quarter hours divided by 1.5 = semester hours. Example: 12 quarter hours = 8 semester hours

Biological Sciences | Minimum 19 semester credits

General Biology with labs | 8 semester credits

  • Year-long series of general biology with labs intended for science majors.

Microbiology (lab not required) | 3 semester credits

Anatomy and Physiology with labs | 8 semester credits

  • Prefer: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology; yearlong series; courses taken at the same institution preferred. Combined A&P courses accepted.

Recommended additional courses | Molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, immunology

Chemistry | Minimum 16 semester credits

General Chemistry with labs | 8 semester credits

  • Yearlong series of general chemistry with labs intended for science majors.

Organic Chemistry with labs | 8 semester credits

Recommended additional course | Biochemistry

Physics | 3 semester credits

General or upper-level Physics with lab

Calculus | 3 semester credits
2.67 semester credits acceptable
English | 6 semester credits

English Composition | 3 semester credits

Other English | 3 semester credits

  • May include composition, literature, creative writing, poetry, etc.
Speech | 3 semester credits
2.67 semester credits acceptable

May include speech, communication, debate

Psychology | 3 semester credits
2.67 semester credits acceptable

General or Abnormal Psychology

Economics | 3 semester credits
2.67 semester credits acceptable

Microeconomics or Macroeconomics

Social/Behavioral Sciences | 3 semester credits
2.67 semester credits acceptable

May include anthropology, geography, government, history, human development, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology

Humanities/Fine Arts | 3 semester credits
2.67 semester credits acceptable

May include foreign language, drama, geography, history, religion, philosophy, literature, performance arts, visual arts

FAQs

Is the GRE required?  No.  There is good evidence that GRE scores do not correlate to success in graduate programs.  Here's an interesting article about this topic for your consideration: https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2019/05/wave-graduate-programs-drop-g....  

Do prospective students need to contact faculty mentors with whom they’re interested in working prior to submitting their MS application? We certainly encourage students to contact principal investigators prior to applying.  That way applicants get a better idea of who they'd be working with and more detail on their potential projects.  However, this is not required.

Do you offer waivers or paid assistantships to cover tuition costs?  Unfortunately, we do not offer any tuition waivers or assistantships at this point; however, it is something we are currently working on developing.

Is the MSPS program STEM Extension eligible?  Yes F-1 applicants are eligible for two years of work without needing a work visa.

 

Contact Us

Brendan Stamper, PhD | Program Director
503-352-7287 | stamperb@pacificu.edu