The Drug Discovery and Development Track of the Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences offers well-funded research opportunities, and the strong multidisciplinary nature of the program provides students with a highly interactive approach to research and education in Drug Discovery and Development.
Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Drug Discovery and Development Track of the Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences does not admit students with the expressed interest in pursuing the M.S. degree. For a variety of reasons, students admitted to the Ph.D. Program may complete an M.S. degree (non-thesis option) alongside or in lieu of a Ph.D. degree. These reasons may range from unsatisfactory academic performance in the Ph.D. program to a desire to make a course correction in career path. The overall expectations for these students are similar to those for students in the Drug Discovery and Development Ph.D. program.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Drug Discovery and Development Track of the Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutical sciences. Students in this program must take courses in the major area as well as one of the several possible minor areas of study.
The objective of the Drug Discovery and Development Track is to impart advanced scientific knowledge in the drug discovery and design phases of pharmaceutical development, and to provide training opportunities in conducting state-of-the-art approaches in basic research in pharmaceutical sciences, and closely related sub-disciplines, in order to prepare the students for careers in independent research or related careers in academia, industry or government. The average time to graduation is less than five years.
Drug Discovery and Development Option in Biological Chemistry Program
Students in the College of Pharmacy’s Drug Discovery and Development Track have the option of participating in the Biological Chemistry Program at the University of Arizona.
Many of the most exciting research opportunities today are at the interface of biology and chemistry. The Biological Chemistry Program offers an opportunity for the interdisciplinary study of molecules in living systems that integrates the traditional disciplines of chemistry and biology.
The Biological Chemistry Program consists of faculty and students from three departments that have joined together to provide this graduate education. The cross-discipline structure allows for students to explore interests that may not be confined to one graduate program.
The Biological Chemistry Program is supported by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health. Visit the Biological Chemistry Program website for information about the program’s requirements, faculty, and application process (http://www.biochem.arizona.edu/bcp/Intro.html).