Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Sciences (PharmD / Master of Science)

Pharmacy students who wish to gain specialized knowledge in a focus area can complete a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) in conjunction with the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). As a student in the PharmD/MSPS dual degree program, you can tailor this multidisciplinary program to your own individual background and career objectives. You will complete a series of required and elective courses, across areas including biomedical sciences, medical microbiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, social and administrative pharmacy. In addition, you conduct an original research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor, and submit a thesis based on the outcome of that research.

This program prepares pharmacists for careers in pharmaceutical education, research, industry and related areas of specialized practice. Students are required to present their research findings in professional conferences as well as publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

Completing this dual degree also helps with securing competitive residencies and fellowships. Students who love challenges and finding solutions to research problems will enjoy this program and succeed. Extra tuition is not needed for this dual degree program.


Most of our graduates pursue further education to earn a PhD in the specialized area of their interest. The remaining find employment in the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals and community pharmacies. The table below shows outcomes data for students of the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Entering Year# Students AdmittedGrad YearSemesterTime Taken (Years)Withdrawn or dismissedLeave of AbsenceEmploymentFurther Education# Grads

What You'll Learn

  1. Graduates will master the key concepts in the discipline of their interest within pharmaceutical sciences.
  2. The graduate will be able to work independently or in collaboration with others in his or her area of expertise as an investigator.
  3. The student will be prepared for progression towards a higher degree or a career in science through classroom learning, seminars, mentored research, and a thesis to progress towards becoming an independent scientist.
  4. Graduates will address global perspectives of their research work.
  5. The graduate will develop problem solving skills and critical thinking ability and apply these in developing the experimental design for obtaining the specific aims of his or her thesis research.
  6. Students are expected to review the literature critically and provide a scientifically valid reflection. 
  7. The graduate will demonstrate honesty, integrity, and ethical understanding in their research work.
  8. The graduate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal oral communication and writing skills.
  9. Students will disseminate their works in peers reviewed journals and/or national/international conferences
  10. The graduate will develop a habit of staying abreast of latest professional developments
  11. Graduates will demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with peers, supervisor, and others.


Choose an emphasis in one of the following areas:

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacology
  • Social and Administrative Pharmacy

View the course requirements for each area of emphasis.

View details on the plan of study and requirements for students in the MSPS/PharmD dual degree program.


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Student Organizations

  • Graduate Student Government

    The Graduate Student Government (GSG) considers concerns and interests of graduate students and makes recommendations to the Graduate School administration and the University.

    The GSG also provides a fair and functional rebate system that allocates student rebates to graduate students. Funds may be used for GSG-sponsored events that enhance the graduate school community, or may be dispersed to students to pursue academic endeavors.

Research Opportunities

Research with a faculty member is a part of the dual degree program. Learn more about research in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for the dual degree program:

  1. A bachelor’s degree* or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Apply for and enroll in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Creighton University.
  3. Students who are in the PharmD program must be admitted into the Graduate School in order to participate in the joint Pharm.D./M.S. program in pharmaceutical sciences (see Graduate School admission requirements).
  4. ​An overall GPA of 3.0 and the GRE score are required for all applicants.
  5. The Graduate School requires all students from countries in which English is not the native language to demonstrate competence in English by obtaining either a minimum overall  TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 (no sub score lower than 20) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic version band score of 6.5 (no sub-score lower than 6).


*The following specific additional requirements must be met by a Pharm D student (without a BS degree) applying for admission to Pharm D/MPS dual program:

  1. Complete two years of Pharm D curriculum with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  2. A letter of support from a graduate faculty willing to mentor the applicant and supervise his/her graduate thesis research.
  3. A letter of support from the academic advisor evaluating applicant’s ability for taking additional courses needed for MPS degree. 
  4. A letter from applicant describing the research interest and plan for success.

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