MS Thesis Program

About the Program

The School of Pharmacy offers training at the graduate level to unique, highly motivated individuals. Our mission is to train the next generation of leaders and decision makers seeking to improve the health of the community through outstanding basic and clinical research. Major strengths include highly accomplished, well funded research faculty, multidisciplinary training opportunities, and cutting edge technologies.

New for 2018:

Learn to apply pharmacometrics and computational systems pharmacology techniques to advance preclinical and clinical research. Use computational techniques and models to facilitate development of novel drug candidates that are less likely fail during clinical trials and to provide better understanding of drug mechanisms of action and therapeutic effects at the systems pharmacology level.

Program Tracks

There are six tracks that students may select to specialize their education within the MS Thesis program.


Training consists of a sequence of required core courses, elective courses, journal clubs, faculty-directed research, and an original research project leading to a final thesis.  30 credit hours of coursework are required. See the full curriculum.


The understanding of the various milestones will help assist you towards a successful completion of the program.

Contact Information

Lori M. Altenbaugh
Graduate Program Coordinator
University of Pittsburgh
School of Pharmacy
904 Salk Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261