Master of Pharmacy in USA

Master of Pharmacy in USA

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Sandeep NepalTue Oct 05 2021

Master of Pharmacy in USA is offered as professional courses and academic courses. Doctor of pharmacy is an example of the former whereas MS in Pharmacy is an example of the latter. 

The course duration varies according to the program. For MS programs students are required to complete 30-35 credits for obtaining the degree. 

The course duration is generally 1-2 years for the MS program whereas, for Doctor of Pharmacy, the course duration is 3-4 years. 

The average salary of the graduates of the pharmacy is $ 173000. The tuition fee ranges from $ 50,000 to $ 70,000 per year depending upon the course.

Common specializations or tracks available for Master of pharmacy in the USA are:

  • Pharmacometrics and System Pharmacology
  • Drug discovery
  • Medical Chemistry
  • Biotechnology and Drug Delivery
  • Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy Research
  • Cannabis Science and Medicine
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Molecular and Systems Toxicology
  • Pharmacology

Why the USA for Master of pharmacy?

  • Availability of a huge selection of specialization track
  • Several scholarships, awards, and funding opportunities
  • Availability of combined MS and residency programs for international students as well
  • Several top universities offering programs in pharmacy
  • Availability of professional programs, course-based, and research-based master programs.

Top universities in the USA for Master of Pharmacy

Many top universities of the USA provide master’s courses in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences as well as Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. The annual tuition fee presented in the following table is only an indicative tuition fee and is dependent upon the number of credits you take in a year. Besides the tuition fee, there are also other fees involved such as student fees, insurance, etc. which must be considered by the students.

QS Rank for 2022

Universities

Program

23

University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

MS in Integrated Pharmaceutical Sciences

65

University of Texas- Austin

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

75

University of Wisconsin- Madison

MS in Pharmacy

100

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Pharmacy Administration and Leadership(MS)

112

University of Southern- California

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

120

Ohio State University

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

163

University of Pittsburgh

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

173

University of Florida

MS in Pharmacy

186

University of Minnesota

MS Pharmaceutics

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

285

University of Illinois- Chicago

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

388

University at Buffalo- Suny

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences / MS in Pharmacometrics and Personalized Pharmacotherapy

414

University of Colorado- Denver

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D)

455

University of Iowa

MS in Pharmacy

751-800

University of Maryland- Baltimore

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

 

University of California- San Francisco

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Master of Pharmacy entry Requirements for international students. 

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

  • A bachelor’s degree of 4 years with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent degree
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 90 or IELTS score of 7
  • GRE scores if not eligible for a waiver

University of California- San Francisco

  • Must have completed a minimum total of 59-semester units or 88 quarter units in courses such as chemistry, biology, physiology, statistics, English, etc.
  • A World Education Service evaluation of the credentials along with course-by-course evaluation
  • GRE or TOEFL not required.

University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution in a relevant science field with a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • TOEFL IBT score of 84 or IELTS score of 6.5 for proof of English language proficiency

University of Minnesota

  • Holds a bachelor’s degree with a GPA score of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score is required for applicants whose native language is not English
  • GRE score is optional

Ohio State University

  • A graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a recognized institution
  • If the academic requirement is not met then a GRE score is required
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL score of 79

University of Iowa

  • Must hold an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0.
  • Demonstration of English language proficiency through a minimum TOEFL score of 81 or IELTS score of 7.0 and no band less than 6.0.
  • GRE is required

University of Illinois- Chicago

  • Applicants of the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for consideration whereas the average GPA of accepted students in 2020 was 3.4. GPA of three areas: cumulative, pre-pharmacy pre-requisites and Science/Math are considered separately.
  • The minimum requirement for proof of English language proficiency is a TOEFL score of overall 80 with at least 21 in writing, 17 in listening, 19 in reading, and 20 in speaking, or IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0 or PTE score of overall 54 with at least 47 in listening, 56 in writing, 51 in reading, and 53 in speaking.

University of Wisconsin- Madison

  • An undergraduate degree from a recognized institution
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 92 or IELTS score of 7.0 for the proof of English language proficiency

University of Texas- Austin

  • A bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • The minimum requirement of a TOEFL score is 79 and on IELTS is 6.5 but the average TOEFL score of the students of master of pharmacy is 100.

University of Pittsburg

  • Must have obtained an undergraduate degree.
  • TOEFL score of at least 100 overall or IELTS score of 7.5
  • GRE score

Tuition fees for Master of Pharmacy in USA

Universities

Annual Tuition Fee

Course Duration

University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

$ 50,136

1 year

University of Texas- Austin

$ 17,312 - $ 19,786

1.5 – 2 years

University of Wisconsin- Madison

$ 45,000

2 years

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

$ 28,844

2 years

University of Southern- California

$39,900

2 years

Ohio State University

$ 37,140

1.5 – 2 years

University of Pittsburgh

$ 29,428

1 year

University of Florida

$ 23,250

1-2 years

University of Minnesota

$ 40,800

2-3 years

$ 40,800(Y1-3) & $61,200 Y4

4 years

University of Illinois- Chicago

$4174 - $ 25,044

3 years

University at Buffalo- Suny

$ 23,100

1.5 to 2 years

University of Colorado- Denver

$ 18,540

2 years

$ 41,265

4 years

University of Iowa

$29,379

1.5 - 2 years

University of Maryland- Baltimore

$ 13,400

1.5 - 2 years

Funding and Scholarships:

Several scholarships are available to the students of pharmacy to attract talented students. These scholarships can be externally funded as well as university-funded. 

Besides the scholarships mentioned below, several universities in the USA also offer graduate teaching assistants (TA) and graduate research assistants (RA) to MS students as well. 

A recipient of TA or RA generally receives a tuition waiver up to certain credit and also receives a stipend.

University

Scholarships

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship (GTIS)

University of Illinois- Chicago

Excellence Scholarships

One-rate Tuition Scholarship

University of Colorado- Denver

Burroughs Welcome Endowment Scholarship

Walmart Pharmacy Scholarship

University of Maryland- Baltimore

April Adams Memorial Scholarship

Marilyn I. Arkin Scholarship Fund

University of Iowa

Opportunity Award

Donor-Endowed Awards

University of Colorado- Denver

Dean's Nonresident Scholarships

Scope/Jobs After Master of Pharmacy in the USA

After completing the master of pharmacy in the USA, graduates may find employment in research facilities, pharmaceutical industries, pharmacies, hospitals, and universities. A pharmacist having a bachelor's degree earns an average of $ 110,000 annually whereas the one with a master's degree earns an average of $ 173,000. The following table represents the average salary of different roles assumed by the graduates of the master of pharmacy.

Role

Average annual salary

Pharmacist

$ 128,000

Pharmacy Manager

$ 169,000

Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor

$ 138,000

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead

$ 240,000

Pharmaceutical Research Scientist

$ 181,000

Pharmaceutical Sales Manager

$ 172,000

Pharmaceutical Researcher

$ 189,000

Clinical Pharmacist

$ 119,000

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

$ 148,000

Optional Practical Training (OPT) after completing a master of pharmacy in the USA

OPT is the temporary employment opportunity available to the F1 student visa holder in the USA. Students can receive 12 months of OPT during or after the completion of the course. Students of STEM field are eligible to receive up to 36 months of OPT whereas other students are eligible for 12 months only. 

Students must choose the appropriate program for a master of pharmacy as the program offered may or may not be qualified as the STEM field. Even though MS in Pharmacy is a field related to science and technology, it is not defined as the STEM field whereas the MS in Pharmaceutical Science is defined as the STEM field. 

Similarly, PharmD is also not qualified as the STEM field.

Residency program for students and graduates of the master of pharmacy

A residency program is a training program usually done after the completion of graduation to obtain practical experience in the field while working under an experienced pharmacy practitioner. 

Several universities provide a combined MS and residency program which allows the student to complete all the credit requirements for the MS program and also the Pharmacy Practice Residency requirements. 

Such combined program saves time of students and helps to start their career early. The residency program is generally of 2 years.

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