M.S. & Ph.D. Programs

Duquesne University's 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.

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy

  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacology

Master of Science

  • 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 in 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