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Pharmacognosy, MS, PhD - Career Outcomes

By mastering the science behind the medicinal benefits of our natural world, you’re poised for a rewarding career in a $100 billion-plus industry. USciences offers one of the only advanced pharmacognosy degree programs in the country—so you’ll have the firm grounding in chemistry and specialized knowledge needed to make your mark in this future-facing field.

Make a Natural Connection to a Thriving Future

Your advanced degree from USciences can lead you to a variety of compelling opportunities, including:

  • Research and development for novel therapeutics
  • Drug discovery and drug design
  • Testing or labeling for nutritional supplements
  • Government regulations
  • International trade, markets, or policy

Your advanced degree in pharmacognosy also opens doors for management, lead scientist positions, and entrepreneurial enterprises.

As with other areas of biotechnology research, chemistry, and pharmaceutical manufacturing, the annual mean wage can reach up to $110,000. Demand for many specializations is expected to remain strong, particularly in light of an aging population that may need more and better treatments.

USciences gives you a head start in making prosperous career contacts through our professional connections to leading corporations and government institutions, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USciences graduates quickly find work with premier employers, including:


  • AstraZeneca
  • Consumer Laboratory Com
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Merck

Colleges and Universities

  • Drexel University School of Medicine
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Delaware

Research Laboratories

  • ISI
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Institutes of Health

Contacts to Help You Learn More

The USciences contact for our unique pharmacognosy program is James R. McKee, in the McNeil Graduate Study and Research Center, Room 201, 600 South 43rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495; 215-596-8847;

You can also contact our Office of Career Services at 215-596-8735.


John W. Tomsho, PhD
Program Director

Office Location:

Griffith Hall, Room 310A


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495