Program Learning Objectives
The Program Learning Objectives for the Masters program in Pharmaceutical Sciences are available here.
A minimum of 24 units in coursework (see Course Offerings below) and 28 total units are required for graduation. All students participate in 12 units or core course curriculum (PSCI 501-503) plus one 4Students in the thesis track take 4 of the units in 594A and 594B (MS thesis). The core curriculum emphasizes drug discovery, drug delivery and molecular pharmacology.
Research can be initiated at any point in the program. Students selecting the non-research master’s track may elect and are encouraged to carry out research in their program.
Students may choose between two tracks to complete the Master of Science degree. First, the research track requires that the student carry out a research project during their program. As noted above, research towards the thesis can be begun at any point, though typically this begins during the first semester. The thesis should be about 50 pages.
Second, the non-research, non-thesis Master’s track requires that the student complete 28 units of coursework. Several options regarding the nature and scope of coursework are available.
USC Course Catalogue
For Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSCI) and Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology (MPTX) courses, see School of Pharmacy
For Interdepartmental (INTD) and Physiology and Biophysics (PHBI) courses, see Keck School of Medicine.
Schedule of Classes
For course availability for the current year see the Schedule of Classes.