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College of Pharmacy

  • Master of Science in Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

State-of-the-art research facilities are available for graduate education. Laboratories are equipped with the latest instrumentation for research in all of the areas of study mentioned on page 519. Research space is located primarily in the Pharmacy Building, but additional space is available in nearby buildings such as the Louise and James Robert Moffett Molecular Biology Building and the Animal Resources Center. Laboratories and offices are outfitted with hardwire and wireless connections for Internet and library access. Additional facilities for collaborative research are available in the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology. Basic laboratory and clinical research facilities are available to pharmacy faculty members in San Antonio on the University of Texas Health Science Center campus and at affiliated institutions. Additional research facilities in Austin include the Life Science Library, which contains about 210,000 volumes of books and journals. Students in both Austin and San Antonio have access to extensive electronic journal holdings through the University Libraries Web site.

Drug Dynamics Institute. The Drug Dynamics Institute is a graduate and postdoctoral research training center where educators, students, scientists, business people, and government officials come together to share common interests in a wide range of biomedical, pharmaceutical, and public health problems. The mission of the institute is the discovery and communication of scientific and technological knowledge in drug development, manufacturing, marketing, and therapy. Projects in pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism, industrial pharmacy and technology, pharmacology and toxicology, and clinical pharmacy are currently under way. Additional information is available online.

Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies. The center combines the skills of experts in clinical pharmacy, pharmacoeconomics, management, and marketing to examine the impact of pharmaceutical products and pharmacy services on patients’ quality of life and health care outcomes. The center’s researchers and graduate students provide research design, data collection, and data analysis expertise to health care providers, the pharmaceutical industry, health care payers, insurers, and health care institutions and organizations. Center personnel also develop, present, and support educational programs to further public understanding of pharmacoeconomics. Additional information is available online.

Center for Molecular and Cellular Toxicology. The University of Texas at Austin has established an interdisciplinary Center for Molecular and Cellular Toxicology (CMCT). The mission of the CMCT is to provide leadership for the expansion of programs in environmental health sciences education and research. The CMCT is supported by the College of Pharmacy and also involves faculty in the College of Natural Sciences and the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Carcinogenesis, located in Smithville, Texas, about forty miles east of Austin.

The CMCT fosters interdisciplinary graduate training programs by providing the mechanism by which students can work with a range of faculty interested in toxicology. This includes facilitating interdisciplinary research collaborations and providing ancillary student and research infrastructure support. The center’s faculty represent a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including pharmacology, toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, neuroscience, nutrition, biochemistry, chemistry, marine biology, and civil and mechanical engineering. Information about CMCT training programs is available online.

Addiction Science Research and Education Center (ASREC). The mission of this center is to communicate the latest findings in addiction science to the public in terms that make the message easy to understand. University researchers in this dynamic area have been trained to communicate the latest findings in the field to a diverse audience, including addiction treatment professionals, medical personnel, social workers, psychologists, law enforcement personnel, teachers, students, and the general public. Additional information about the ASREC is available online.

The Center for Advancement of Research and Education in Infectious Diseases (CARE-ID). The mission of this center is to conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary laboratory-based, translational, and clinical research for infectious diseases; foster clinical and graduate research training in infectious diseases; and enhance the knowledge of healthcare providers and the public about infectious diseases. Researchers include faculty members from UT Austin, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University Health System in San Antonio, and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. The center serves as the training center in infectious disease research for PharmD students, residents, fellows, and graduate students. Additional information is available online.

Additional collaborative research is conducted between pharmacy faculty members and members of research institutes and centers across campus, including the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, the Institute for Neuroscience, and the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research.

Areas of Study

The College of Pharmacy offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science in Pharmacy and the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in pharmacy. Areas of specialization are medicinal chemistry, including synthetic or bioorganic chemistry and structural molecular biology subspecializations; pharmacology and toxicology; pharmaceutics, including physical pharmacy, biopharmaceutics, and industrial pharmacy; pharmacy administration, including pharmacy practice and pharmacoeconomics; and pharmacotherapy. Students pursuing either the Master of Science or the Doctor of Philosophy who hold a PharmD degree from a pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) have opportunities for advanced practice training. They may complete a specialty practice residency while pursuing the graduate degree. More information is available from the graduate adviser.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2006–2007.

  • Creed W. Abell
  • Tami R. Argo
  • Jamie C. Barner
  • Tawny L. Bettinger
  • Shawn B. Bratton
  • Carolyn M. Brown
  • David S. Burgess
  • Henry I. Bussey
  • Alan Brooks Combs
  • Miles Lynn Crismon
  • Maria Croyle
  • Kevin N. Dalby
  • Patrick J. Davis
  • Christine Duvauchelle
  • Carlton K. Erickson
  • Walter Fast
  • Jerry Fineg
  • Christopher R. Frei
  • Rueben A. Gonzales
  • Andrea Gore
  • Jodi L. Grabinski
  • Adron Harris
  • Sean M. Kerwin
  • Jim M. Koeller
  • John G. Kuhn
  • Yui-Wing F. Lam
  • Kenneth A. Lawson
  • Steven W. Leslie
  • Louis C. Littlefield
  • Hung-Wen (Ben) Liu
  • Jason T. McConville
  • James W. McGinity
  • Edward M. Mills
  • Richard A. Morrisett
  • Robert S. Pearlman
  • Karen L. Rascati
  • John H. Richburg
  • Stephen R. Saklad
  • Marvin D. Shepherd
  • Salomon A. Stavchansky
  • Scott A. Strassels
  • Robert L. Talbert
  • Carla L. Van Den Berg
  • Christian P. Whitman
  • Nathan P. Wiederhold
  • Richard E. Wilcox
  • Robert O. Williams III
  • James P. Wilson
  • Zhiwen Zhang

Admission Requirements

The applicant should have a bachelor’s degree or a professional pharmacy degree from an accredited institution in the United States or another country. Students are admitted to the program upon recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee, provided that their undergraduate training includes appropriate work in fields related to the pharmaceutical and health sciences. Applicants without the appropriate background may be required to complete additional coursework after admission. Preference is usually given to students who have a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy or a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from a college accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education. Preference is also given to applicants for the doctoral degree.

Degree Requirements

Pharmacy 196S (Seminar in Pharmacy) is required of all graduate students in pharmacy and is taught every semester in each division. This requirement may be waived for a specific semester by the Graduate Studies Committee for sufficient reason upon petition by the student’s major professor. No more than two semester hours of credit earned in this course are counted toward the number of hours required in master’s degree programs.

Master of Science in Pharmacy. Students apply for candidacy for the degree the semester in which they expect to graduate. Two semesters in the thesis course, Pharmacy 698, are required; students must be enrolled in Pharmacy 698B the semester they graduate.

The Master of Science in Pharmacy with a specialization in pharmacy administration also is offered by a course scheduling option called the Option II Schedule. Pharmacists who are employed full time may choose to pursue this option. Classes are scheduled on selected Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year; at least two calendar years of study are needed to complete the program. Students must prepare a master’s report as part of their course requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy. The student selects a major professor who will supervise the qualifying examinations, act as chair of the dissertation committee, and assist with selection of suitable dissertation committee members. Upon completion of the qualifying examinations, the student meets with the Administrative Subcommittee of the Graduate Studies Committee and the graduate adviser, who then recommends to the graduate dean whether the student should be admitted to doctoral candidacy. After admission to doctoral candidacy, the student must enroll in the dissertation course each fall and spring semester.

A doctoral candidate must designate one area of specialization as a major and must select at least one supporting area outside the College of Pharmacy.

For More Information

Campus address: Pharmacy Building (PHR) 2.222, phone (512) 471-6590, fax (512) 471-8762; campus mail code: A1900

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, College of Pharmacy, 1 University Station A1900, Austin TX 78712



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