The Duquesne University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences is one of the most highly regarded schools of pharmaceutical science in the nation. Dedicated to world-class education and research, our mission is to educate and mentor students who advance the profession of pharmacy and pharmaceutical research to improve the health outcomes of patients and their communities.

We offer rigorous academic programs and a positive, supportive educational community where students receive personalized attention and professional mentorship from our internationally acclaimed faculty.

Innovative Multidisciplinary Programs

Through our multidisciplinary approach to interactive teaching and research, students of the graduate school are exceptionally well-prepared for rewarding careers in which they will have a measurable impact on the lives of others. Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, engineering, pharmacy, allied health sciences, social/behavioral sciences or business, we offer advanced education, research and degree programs in four areas of the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy administration.

Our graduates compete successfully for positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, as well as in government and academia, serving vital leadership roles in all areas.

Leading The Nation In Research

Our graduate programs in the pharmaceutical sciences offer a blend of excellence in teaching and laboratory-driven investigation on an exciting urban campus environment at the heart of Pittsburgh, one of the nation's leading medical and research hubs. The graduate school shares in Duquesne University's comprehensive academic, cultural and technological resources, featuring state-of-the-art classrooms and research laboratories, a fully-equipped manufacturing laboratory/pilot plant and the Center for Pharmaceutical Technology.

The graduate school currently ranks third in the nation among private pharmacy schools for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding, providing a wide range of research opportunities for our students. Graduate school faculty conduct research in such critical areas as:

  • Developing novel anticancer agents
  • Examining the neurological deficiencies associated with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases
  • Evaluating the potential of natural products in the treatment of diseases
  • Examining the role of neurotransmitters involved in commonly abused drugs and neurologic disorders
  • Analyzing the cost-effectiveness of various drug regimens

M.S. Programs

M.S. programs require a minimum of 30 post baccalaureate semester hours; 24 credits of course work, including 2 credits of seminar, and 6 credits of thesis research. The M.S. in Pharmacy Administration, thesis option requires 27 credits of course work, including 2 credits of seminar and 9 credits of thesis research; non-thesis option 33 credits of course work, including 2 credits of seminar. In conjunction with the Graduate School of Business Administration, the department offers an M.B.A./M.S. in Industrial Pharmacy, an 85 credit, non thesis program, requiring concurrent graduate-level enrollment in both the Graduate School of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Fifty-seven credits in core business administration course work and 28 credits of course work in the pharmaceutical sciences are required.Pharmaceutical Administration within the Division of Clinical, Social, and Administrative Sciences offers thesis-track and non-thesis-track M.S. degree programs. The thesis track is recommended for students with an intention of entering a Ph.D. program or seeking a research-oriented career. A highly qualified, full-time faculty teaches a variety of courses such as, marketing/customer service, health economics, research methods, health care financial management, and medication errors. Students may take approved courses in business, health management systems, and education and in the College of Liberal Arts to fulfill degree requirements.
M.S. programs require a minimum of 30 post baccalaureate semester hours; 24 credits of course work, including 2 credits of seminar, and 6 credits of thesis research. The M.S. in Pharmacy Administration, thesis option requires 27 credits of course work, including 2 credits of seminar and 9 credits of thesis research; non-thesis option 33 credits of course work, including 2 credits of seminar. In conjunction with the Graduate School of Business Administration, the department offers an M.B.A./M.S. in Industrial Pharmacy, an 85 credit, non thesis program, requiring concurrent graduate-level enrollment in both the Graduate School of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Fifty-seven credits in core business administration course work and 28 credits of course work in the pharmaceutical sciences are required.
M.S. programs require a minimum of 30 post baccalaureate semester hours; 24 credits of course work, including 2 credits of seminar, and 6 credits of thesis research. The M.S. in Pharmacy Administration, thesis option requires 27 credits of course work, including 2 credits of seminar and 9 credits of thesis research; non-thesis option 33 credits of course work, including 2 credits of seminar. In conjunction with the Graduate School of Business Administration, the department offers an M.B.A./M.S. in Industrial Pharmacy, an 85 credit, non thesis program, requiring concurrent graduate-level enrollment in both the Graduate School of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Fifty-seven credits in core business administration course work and 28 credits of course work in the pharmaceutical sciences are required.
Pharmaceutical Administration within the Division of Clinical, Social, and Administrative Sciences offers thesis-track and non-thesis-track M.S. degree programs. The thesis track is recommended for students with an intention of entering a Ph.D. program or seeking a research-oriented career. A highly qualified, full-time faculty teaches a variety of courses such as, marketing/customer service, health economics, research methods, health care financial management, and medication errors. Students may take approved courses in business, health management systems, and education and in the College of Liberal Arts to fulfill degree requirements.

Ph.D. Programs

Ph.D. programs require a minimum of 60 post-baccalaureate semester hours; 48 credits of course work, including 4 credits of seminar, and 12 credits of dissertation research. All graduate programs are designed for individuals who have earned an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, engineering, pharmacy, allied health sciences, the social and behavioral sciences or business.
Ph.D. programs require a minimum of 60 post-baccalaureate semester hours; 48 credits of course work, including 4 credits of seminar, and 12 credits of dissertation research. All graduate programs are designed for individuals who have earned an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, engineering, pharmacy, allied health sciences, the social and behavioral sciences or business.
Ph.D. programs require a minimum of 60 post-baccalaureate semester hours; 48 credits of course work, including 4 credits of seminar, and 12 credits of dissertation research. All graduate programs are designed for individuals who have earned an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, engineering, pharmacy, allied health sciences, the social and behavioral sciences or business.

Conduct Research With Faculty

 
 
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Medicinal Chemistry

The Medicinal Chemistry faculty at Duquesne's School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences focus on drug design for a variety of disease states using the latest technological advancements.

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Pharmaceutics

Faculty in the pharmaceutics discipline at Duquesne's School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences focus on optimizing drug delivery and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

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Pharmacology

The faculty in Duquesne's School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences pharmacology group study disease states and the effectiveness of different drugs.

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Pharmacy Administration

Pharmacy Administration faculty members in Duquesne's School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences aim to improve pharmacy education and better serve the public.

 

The Duquesne Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences is a fostering and collaborative environment that allows you to harness your inner potential. The faculty, staff, and peers at Duquesne were instrumental in helping me achieve my academic goals.

Manisha Chandwani, Ph.D. Ph.D.'22 (Pharmacology)

Application Process

The Duquesne University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences invites applicants holding a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, biology, pharmacy, health sciences, social/behavioral sciences, depending on the proposed field of study, to apply for admission. The Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences accepts students to start in the Fall or Spring semesters.

Fall Application Deadline: December 1st

Spring Application Deadline: October 1st

To ensure sufficient time for evaluation and processing, applicants must apply by the deadline of the preferred starting semester.

All applicants whose native language or primary language of instruction is not English are required to submit their TOEFL or IELTS scores to the Graduate School Office. International students who are applying for a teaching assistantship will be required to take the TSE during the mandated Science Orientation at the time of admission.

A complete application to the Graduate School consists of the form you have filled out online and the following additional materials.

  • Completed Application
  • Official Undergraduate/Graduate Transcripts
    Transcript Credential Evaluation Service Report*
  • Three (3) Letters Of Recommendation
  • Official GRE Scores (Institution Code: 2196, Department Code: 0613)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Official TOEFL Score Report (Institution Code: 2196)*
  • Affidavit Of Support (Required Upon Admission)

*International and/or non-English Speaking Applicants

For additional questions, please contact Sherri Nichol, Administrative Assistant, Graduate School Of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Graduate Student Profile

Annual enrollment in the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences is approximately 65 students from domestic (30%) and international (70%) origin.

Recent graduates of the M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs are employed in the pharmaceutical industry, academia and with regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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