Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research-focused programs for students interested in the discovery, development, and health outcomes of pharmaceuticals with career paths in academia, industry, consulting, and government.

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"The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy fosters an environment encouraging students to grow personally and professionally. I love being surrounded by professors and peers who challenge me to be better than I was the day before and support me throughout the process!"

Ann Kate Meagher

Pharmacy Master's Student

About this Program

Do you want to be involved in the development of new medicine? Want to conduct new and exciting research? Then, our graduate programs in pharmaceutical sciences are for you.

At the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, you won't just learn from our team of faculty and researchers. You will work alongside them and help explore the future of health and medicine.

We offer various disciplines, from environmental toxicology to pharmacy administration. Join us and find the right path for you.

Being an Ole Miss Pharmacy graduate student allows you to be part of a diverse community that is comprehensive in scope yet relatively small in size. This provides an excellent opportunity for advanced studies in a supportive and nurturing environment.

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    Program Information

    Program Type

    Master's Program

    Area of Study

    Health and Social Services

    Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology



    2-3 Years


    M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Program Location



    Environmental Toxicology;
    Industrial Pharmacy;
    Medicinal Chemistry;
    Pharmacy Administration

    Required Credit Hours


    Emphases & Program Highlights

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    Environmental Toxicology

    You will participate in research and educational activities seeking to identify and resolve environmental and human health issues.

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    students working with machines

    Industrial Pharmacy

    A non-thesis track program that will prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

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    Medicinal Chemistry

    An interdisciplinary field of chemistry, biology, and pharmaceutical sciences. You will be involved in the development of new therapeutics for diseases.

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    Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

    You will take part in research to identify, understand, and resolve problems in drug delivery through dosage form design.

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    You will research the chemistry and pharmacology of bioactive natural products and their application in disease treatments.

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    Conduct research on how chemical agents, including potential therapeutic candidates, act on biological systems.

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    Pharmacy Administration

    You will study pharmaceutical marketing and management and socio-behavioral sciences and take part in health outcomes research. 

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    Did You Know?

    Top 20

    in the nation for school of pharmacy federal research funding


    graduate students enrolled from 24 countries


    internationally-recognized research centers are housed in the School of Pharmacy and located on the Oxford campus


    full-time faculty members


    publications authored by School of Pharmacy researchers in 2023.


    million dollars in research funding for 2023.

    Where our students go

    • U.S. Food & Drug Administration
    • Abbvie
    • ThermoFisher Scientific
    • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
    • Gilead
    • Acumen
    • Boehringer Ingelheim
    • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
    • Many other organizations and institutions

    Begin Your Journey

    Ready to take the first step? Then, let's get started. Below, you can find all the information you need about applying to our program.

    Have questions? Our staff will be here to guide and assist you.

    All applications must be made via the UM Graduate Schools Online Application Portal.

    We strongly urge you to visit the website of the department to which you are applying, as that site will offer detailed information about the specific program.

    The following materials must be on file in the Graduate School prior to the deadlines in order to be assured consideration.

    1. A completed online application, including the application fee
    2. Official transcripts from all institutions from which a degree was obtained AND from any institution attended for graduate work - junior/community college transcripts are NOT required
    3. If required, official test scores
    4. Letters of recommendation
    5. Department requirements such as statement of purpose, resume, and interview. Please check with the individual department for all requirements.

    Environmental Toxicology

    • ​​Fall:  February 1
    • ​​​​​​​Spring: October 1

    Industrial Pharmacy

    • ​​​Fall: April 1 (rolling)
    • ​​​​​​​Spring: October 1 (rolling)

    Medicinal Chemistry

    • Fall: February 1
    • ​​​​​​​Spring: October 1

    Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

    • ​​​Fall: April 1 (rolling)
    • ​​​​​​​Spring: October 1 (rolling)


    • Fall: February 1
    • ​​​​​​​Spring: October 1


    • Fall: February 1
    • ​​​​​​​Spring: October 1


    Pharmacy Administration

    • ​​Fall: January 10
    Pharmacy Graduate Program Coordinators
    ProgramGraduate Program Coordinator

    Environmental Toxicology

    Dr. Kristine L. Willett


    Industrial Pharmacy

    Dr. Eman Ashour


    Medicinal Chemistry

    Dr. Jing Li 



    Dr. Eman Ashour



    Dr. Cole Stevens



    Dr. James A. Stewart


    Pharmacy Administration

    Dr. Marie Barnard


    Melissa Rodriguez King

    We're Here For You

    Welcome! I am the Program Manager for the School of Pharmacy Graduate Programs and am here to help you with whatever you may need. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can be of any assistance.

    Melissa Rodriguez King

    Program Manager

    Experience Ole Miss Pharmacy

    Want to know more about the School of Pharmacy graduate program's unique experiences and opportunities? Check out the details below!

    The School of Pharmacy prides itself on preparing our students to be leaders in the biomedical and biopharmaceutical world. We provide many professional development opportunities to promote leadership, and our graduates successfully secure leadership positions in academia, industry, and government.

    Other opportunities for leadership development & advocacy include:

    • Serve on School of Pharmacy committees
    • Serve as an officer in a student organization
    • Pursue leadership positions in professional organizations, both locally and nationally
    • Be a teaching assistant and lead discussions with professional pharmacy students
    • Interact with seminar speakers and alums, networking with national and international leaders in the biomedical and biopharmaceutical world.

    Get involved and belong! In addition to the various campus activities such as recreational sports, social clubs, theater and arts, academic clubs, and other extracurricular activities, the School of Pharmacy offers several student organizations and activities for graduate students to join and participate in. We believe your experience, outside of the classroom and inside, is important to your success, professional development, and career readiness.

    American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Student Chapter

    AAPS is a professional and scientific organization that promotes the advancement of the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health.

    BioMolecular Sciences Student Advocates (BSA)

    BSA promotes fellowship, embracing diversity, leadership development, public service projects, and providing an avenue for student-initiated departmental advancement.

    Glycoscience Student Advocates (GSA)

    Glycoscience Student Advocates (GSA) is comprised of graduate and undergraduate students interested in or conducting glycoscience-related research at The University of Mississippi. GSA strives to promote the field of glycoscience by encouraging the research, education, and training of interdisciplinary glycoscience trainees, as well as hosting seminars and knowledgeable speakers during monthly meetings.

    International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Student Chapter

    ISPOR is the leading professional society for health economics and outcomes research. Our student chapter has won the ISPOR Outstanding Chapter award for multiple years.

    Minority Association of Successful Scientists (MASS)

    MASS runs and extends the mission to diversify the biomedical field by providing unique and focused scientific and professional development opportunities.

    Explore! Engage in cutting-edge research and work with internationally recognized faculty!

    The School of Pharmacy is globally recognized for its multidisciplinary research in discovering, developing, and translating innovative solutions to healthcare problems. Key strategic impact areas for the School of Pharmacy include cancer, cardiometabolic disorders, neuroscience and drugs of abuse, infectious diseases, and medication optimization.

    As a graduate student, you will be deeply immersed in research with our faculty. The school’s faculty and scientists maintain active, funded research programs in a variety of biomedical, social administrative, and clinical sciences. Each competes for funding from a variety of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies, foundations, and the pharmaceutical industry.

    Our students and faculty also engage in the community!

    • The faculty and graduate students in the Department of BioMolecularSciences test lead water levels for our local communities.
    • Faculty and graduate students in the Department of Pharmacy Administration work with local Lafayette country high schools to engage in research.
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    My Master's Journey

    “Hello, everyone! My name is Achref Cherif, a Fulbright scholar and master’s student in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi. Ole Miss’s exceptional School of Pharmacy has been my home for the past year and has offered me many opportunities. The faculty is full of diverse professionals who constantly support my academic goals. Through this program, I am taking enriching courses and gaining hands-on experience in the pharmaceutics and drug delivery lab. I also have the privilege of presenting my research this year at the AAPS conference, PHARMSCI 360. The master’s program in Pharmaceutical Sciences has equipped me with practical skills and knowledge that make me confident in my ability to proceed and succeed in a career in the field.”

    Achref Cherif

    Master's Student

    Next Steps

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    Are you ready to take the next step toward building your legacy?