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Boldly First!

For more than 100 years, the USC School of Pharmacy has served as a beacon of innovation and excellence in pharmaceutical education, research, and practice, and has long been ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the Top 10 pharmacy schools nationwide, and No. 1 among private schools.

USC is home to the only pharmacy school that spans the entire spectrum of pharmaceutical development and clinical service - from drug discovery to regulatory approaches for safely moving drugs and medical devices to market, from the delivery of care in diverse settings to the evaluation of the impact of care on patient outcomes as well as health care costs. Our clinical faculty members are forging new paths and identifying best practices in a wide variety of care environments.

The school has received major grants from the National Institutes of Health for the development of significant discoveries in cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes, and from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to ensure the safe and optimal use of medications and to develop innovations for enhancing patient outcomes while curtailing costs. The school offers pace-setting master’s degree programs that are equipping working professionals with new skills to excel in the changing marketplace. And our partnership in the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics is yielding evidence-based research that confirms the enduring value of pharmacists’ contributions to collaborative practice.

The USC School of Pharmacy is the only private pharmacy school on a major health sciences campus, putting our students in close proximity to four major hospitals.

Furthermore, USC School of Pharmacy students benefit from an extensive network of affiliates at some 300 sites and more than 400 volunteer faculty and preceptors, many of whom are USC School of Pharmacy alumni. The school also owns and operates four community pharmacies and a specialty pharmacy.

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Degree Options: Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

The School provides a wide range of degree and certificate programs, from the School’s largest - the Doctor of Pharmacy(PharmD) and its numerous joint and dual degree opportunities—to highly regarded masters and doctoral programs. Residency and fellowship opportunities offered through the School also are extensive.

Graduate Programs

Graduates of the USC School of Pharmacy’s multidisciplinary Ph.D. and master’s degree programs are highly sought after by leading institutions in academia, industry, and government. These programs encompass a unique scientific framework from drug discovery, delivery, and development to application of genetics and genomics to experimental and clinical translational research.

Pharmaceutical & Translational Sciences

  • Ph.D. Program
  • MS in Molecular Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Clinical & Experimental Therapeutics

Health Economics

  • Ph.D. in Health Economics
  • MS in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy
  • Progressive MS in Health Economics

Healthcare Decision Analysis

  • MS in Healthcare Decision Analysis
  • MS in Biopharmaceutical Marketing

Regulatory Science

  • Doctorate in Regulatory Science
  • MS in Regulatory Science
  • MS in Management of Drug Development
  • MS in Medical Product Quality

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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

The USC School of Pharmacy established the nation’s first PharmD program in 1950 and remains a pioneer in the innovative education and preparation of tomorrow’s practicing pharmacists.

The largest degree program within the School of Pharmacy, the four-year, full-time PharmD program provides students with:

  • A unique pharmacy practice experience program beginning the first year of study that gives students immediate and progressively challenging clinical experience.
  • An extensive offering of a dual degree, joint degree, and certificate programs.
  • The largest alumni network of pharmacists in the region, which can provide valuable career support to graduates entering the pharmaceutical profession.

Graduates of USC’s PharmD program are highly sought after by employers throughout the United States for a wide range of career opportunities.

Pre-Pharmacy Undergraduate Degree

The USC School of Pharmacy’s undergraduate programs encourage talented students to pursue careers in the field of pharmacy and offer a major in Pharmacology and Drug Development, and a minor in Science and Management of Biomedical Therapeutics. The undergraduate major and minor are designed to better prepare undergraduates focused on pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine and other health-related professions.

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Careers

USC School of Pharmacy graduates are employed in leading pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, and regulatory agencies worldwide. Our most recent graduates work in organizations such as Allergan, Eli Lilly, Biogen, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Stanford University, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, Amgen, Medtronic, Shimadzu Scientific, Harvard University, Merck, Genentech, and Facebook.

Many of our MS degrees are STEM recognized for OPT.

Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

MSc

University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

The Master of Science in Biopharmaceutical Marketing (BPMK) is a 27-unit interdisciplinary graduate program in precision marketing aimed exclusively at careers in the bio ... [+]

Overview

The Master of Science in Biopharmaceutical Marketing (BPMK) is a 27-unit interdisciplinary graduate program in precision marketing aimed exclusively at careers in the biopharmaceutical and payer industries. BPMK is designed to build core knowledge and strategic skills targeting the biotechnology & pharmaceutical industry, managed care payers, consulting and other advanced healthcare-related fields. Students will learn and use the practical tools, required skills and methods to embrace the next wave of healthcare innovation and expanded use of artificial intelligence (AI), to drive markets while improving outcomes and product value.

BPMK represents a first-of-its-kind program to address the incorporation of the full “health economic ecosystem”, to improve and facilitate practical applications of data-driven marketing, leading to improved access, segmentation, and understanding of customers and patients. The result of this deeper analytic based strategic process is a significant reduction in marketplace risk and loss of opportunity, through improved insights and planning efficiency.... [-]

USA Los Angeles
September 2020
Full-time
3 semesters
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University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

The USC School of Pharmacy Master’s program in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics (CXPT) prepares students with foundational coursework in translational sciences, pha ... [+]

Overview

The USC School of Pharmacy Master’s program in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics (CXPT) prepares students with foundational coursework in translational sciences, pharmacology, and clinical development to facilitate their performance at high-level basic, translational, and applied research in the discipline-specific to the graduate’s area of emphasis.

This may include a combination of drug screening, preclinical development, ADME (e.g. absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination) and safety evaluation, and clinical testing.

Students will be given a wide spectrum of basic science and translational science training that will allow them to engage in drug development, optimized combination therapy, and individualize therapeutics (e.g. pharmacogenomics, infectious diseases, and metabolomics).... [-]

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University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

USC Healthcare Decision Analysis is an industry-validated graduate program that directly prepares you for business careers in healthcare, biopharmaceuticals, medical devi ... [+]

Overview

USC Healthcare Decision Analysis is an industry-validated graduate program that directly prepares you for business careers in healthcare, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices & diagnostics, and health insurance.

Our real-world STEM training provides strategic management tools and actionable insights for improving healthcare value, access, reimbursement, and pricing.

The MS in Healthcare Decision Analysis program features an applied curriculum with areas of specialization that directly prepare graduates for analytics-focused healthcare business careers. Each course is constructed in consultation with executives from global healthcare, biopharmaceutical, medical devices & diagnostics, and health insurance companies. Our targeted market research approach offers direct access to career-accelerating tools, tactics, and insights critical for making an immediate impact in advancing value-based healthcare.... [-]

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September 2020
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2 years
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University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

The STEM-designated Medical Product Quality degree is designed for students with a background in biological, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences and biomedical enginee ... [+]

Overview

The STEM-designated Medical Product Quality degree is designed for students with a background in biological, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering. The goal of the program is to train students in the theory behind current and future regulations which impact product quality and to provide real-life practical tools they will use in their industry careers.

Professionals working in quality assurance and quality control are responsible for the testing and oversight required to ensure the safety of healthcare products. Students learn about the regulations and guidelines that ensure the quality of drugs, biologics and medical devices in the US and internationally, and how to apply this knowledge in the ever-expanding field of medical product development and manufacturing. They develop an understanding of the basic principles essential for the interpretation and implementation of quality practices and quality systems.... [-]

USA Los Angeles
January 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

Graduates of the USC School of Pharmacy’s multidisciplinary master’s degree programs are highly sought after by leading institutions in academia, industry, and government ... [+]

Overview

Graduates of the USC School of Pharmacy’s multidisciplinary master’s degree programs are highly sought after by leading institutions in academia, industry, and government. The Master of Science in Molecular Pharmacology & Toxicology program emphasizes research in molecular and neuro-pharmacology, receptor pharmacology, and biochemical and oxidant toxicology.

Admission

Candidates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology or other related disciplines are invited to apply. Applicants must have demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written English and in fundamental scientific areas such as organic and physical chemistry, biochemistry, biology, mathematics, statistics, and computer science.... [-]

USA Los Angeles
September 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

The USC graduate program in Health Economics offers a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy. This MS program is offered jointly with the Department of ... [+]

Overview

The USC graduate program in Health Economics offers a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy. This MS program is offered jointly with the Department of Economics and the USC Price School of Public Policy. Master’s students are trained to use pharmacoeconomics and assessment techniques in practical decision-making environments such as managed-care pharmacies, third-party payers and government agencies.

A distinguishing characteristic of the USC Master’s Program in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy is the degree to which students are actively engaged in publishable research, either as the lead author or as a secondary author in collaboration with a faculty member.... [-]

USA Los Angeles
September 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

Graduates of the USC School of Pharmacy’s multidisciplinary master’s degree programs are highly sought after by leading institutions in academia, industry, and government ... [+]

Overview

Graduates of the USC School of Pharmacy’s multidisciplinary master’s degree programs are highly sought after by leading institutions in academia, industry, and government. The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences emphasizes basic as well as applied research in drug delivery and targeting, utilizing medicinal chemistry, computational chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, immunology, and molecular and cell biology.

Admission

Candidates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology or other related disciplines are invited to apply. Applicants must have demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written English and in fundamental scientific areas such as organic and physical chemistry, biochemistry, biology, mathematics, statistics, and computer science.... [-]

USA Los Angeles
September 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus

Master

University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

The STEM-designated Management of Drug Development program is designed for students with a background in preclinical biological and pharmaceutical science. It aims at pro ... [+]

Overview

The STEM-designated Management of Drug Development program is designed for students with a background in preclinical biological and pharmaceutical science. It aims at producing entry- and mid-level scientists with the knowledge and skills appropriate for professional practice in translational research, with particular emphasis on the area of transition between early-stage preclinical drug discovery and clinical drug development. This area, commonly referred to as the “valley of death,” represents one of the most challenging and important areas in translational research, yet programs designed to train and educate future translational science leaders are lacking.

This program will allow you to design, critically evaluate, and optimize broad drug development strategies from the earliest stages of drug design and discovery to their application in patents and marketing. Depending on your interest, additional courses could focus on strategic, policy and regulatory aspects of drug development.... [-]

USA Los Angeles
December 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus

PhD

University of Southern California School of Pharmacy

The USC School of Pharmacy established the nation’s first Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in 1950 and remains a pioneer in the innovative education and preparation of ... [+]

Overview

The USC School of Pharmacy established the nation’s first Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in 1950 and remains a pioneer in the innovative education and preparation of tomorrow’s practicing pharmacists.

The largest degree program within the School of Pharmacy, the four-year, full-time PharmD program provides students with:

A unique pharmacy practice experience program beginning the first year of study that gives students immediate and progressively challenging clinical experience An extensive offering of a dual degree, joint degree, and certificate programs The largest alumni network of pharmacists in the region, which can provide valuable career support to graduates entering the pharmaceutical profession ... [-]
USA Los Angeles
September 2020
Full-time
8 semesters
Campus
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