Pharmaceutical Sciences (Master of Science)

Program Availability

If you’d like to specialize in pharmacology, toxicology, immunopharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, medicinal chemistry or cell biology, Creighton’s Master of Science in pharmaceutical science program is ideal for you. Through this multidisciplinary program, you can pursue either an MS or the joint (dual track) PharmD/MS in pharmaceutical science.

The program is tailored to meet your needs, based on your background and career objectives. You’ll complete required and elective courses and collaborate with your professors on original research. You’ll be required to submit a thesis based on the outcomes of your research. The program requires 2 years of full-time study.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacists is projected to grow 14% by 2022. Students who complete Creighton’s master-level pharmaceutical science program have mastered key concepts in the discipline of their choosing, such as:

  • Pharmaceutics
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Cell biology

This program will teach you to work independently or in collaboration with others as an investigator.

What You'll Learn

  • How to analyze and interpret data
  • How to design and conduct research in your field of expertise
  • How to communicate scientific information orally and in writing to scientists and non-scientists
  • How to apply analytical and critical thinking in reviewing literature
  • To exhibit professionalism and high ethical standards


Student Organizations

  • Graduate Student Government

    The Graduate Student Government (GSG) considers concerns and interests of graduate students and makes recommendations to the Graduate School administration and the University.

    The GSG also provides a fair and functional rebate system that allocates student rebates to graduate students. Funds may be used for GSG-sponsored events that enhance the graduate school community, or may be dispersed to students to pursue academic endeavors.

  • Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity

    Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity’s goal is to bring together pharmacy students of diverse religious, ethnic, economic and social backgrounds. We host regular social and professional events for the Creighton pharmacy community.

Research Opportunities

The program provides you with the opportunity to conduct hands-on research in the laboratory of a faculty mentor and submit a thesis based on the outcome of the research.

Admissions Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Students who are in the PharmD program must be admitted into the Graduate School in order to participate in the joint PharmD/MS program in pharmaceutical sciences.
  3. An overall GPA of 3.0 and the GRE score are required for all applicants.
  4. The Graduate School requires all students from countries in which English is not the native language to demonstrate competence in English by obtaining either a minimum overall  TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 (no sub score lower than 20) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic version band score of 6.5 (no sub-score lower than 6).

Tuition & Scholarships

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