The School of Pharmacy offers graduate training at the MS and PhD level to unique, highly motivated individuals. Begin developing your personal story of scientific discovery at the University of Pittsburgh – one of the top ten universities in the country. Picture yourself as a graduate student in the laboratory of one of the School of Pharmacy's outstanding faculty mentors as you synthesize a potential new drug, formulate a delivery system, determine a mechanism of action, or move a discovery from the bench to the bedside.


Graduate training consists of a sequence of required core courses, elective courses, journal clubs, faculty-directed research experience, and an original research project leading to a final thesis or dissertation. Students may select to specialize in clinical or basic research by choosing medicinal chemistry, biochemical pharmacology, pharmaceutics or clinical pharmaceutical science as their area of study. The PhD degree requires a minimum of 72 credits of course and research-based graduate study while the MS degree requires 30. All courses are completed during the first two years of training.