Pharmacy Administration, MS - Curriculum & Duration

The mission of the graduate program in pharmacy administration is to educate you to become a competent and innovative researcher, educator, administrator, and leader in health care services, health economics, and administrative sciences. This training guides you toward a stimulating and successful career with significant contributions to improved health services nationally and internationally.

The master's program supports this mission through the discovery, application, and dissemination of knowledge related to drug use and the health care process for all health professionals and to the public. A theoretical model of the health researcher is that the researcher is the facilitator between mankind and health. The overall departmental goal is to continually improve pharmaceutical and health care services for the public through teaching, research, and service.

Curriculum Outline

You may earn your master's of science degree upon the completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit.  Some students complete the program in three semesters, with most students completing the program in four semesters.

Suggested Prerequisite Courses

The following course equivalents are recommended, but not required, prior to admission to the program.

Course Number Course Name Credits
CS101 Computer Applications 3 credits
EC101 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3 credits
EC201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3 credits
PA316 Accounting theory 3 credits

Core Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
ST710 Biostatistical Methods 3 credits
PA763 Special Topics in Pharmacy 1-4 credits
PA797 Research 1-3 credits
PA840 Health Economics (cross listed as PB840) 3 credits

Elective Courses

Must be approved by program director from the groups below:
BW 700- and WR 700-level biomedical writing courses
HP/HE 700- and 800-level health policy/public health courses
PA/PP 300- and 400-level pharmacy practice or pharmacy administration courses (no more than 6 credits)
PA 700- and 800-level pharmacy administration elective courses
PB 700- and 800-level pharmaceutical and healthcare business courses
ST 700-level statistics courses


William F. McGhan, PharmD, PhD 


Office Location: Griffith Hall, Room 108-J
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495