Message from the Dean of College of Graduate Studies

Welcome to the California Northstate University (CNU). I am delighted that you are interested in our Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MPS) Degree. I warmly welcome you to join us in making scientific breakthroughs that impact human health.


Our MPS, in close proximity with the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Clinical Psychology, and Health Sciences, provides a unique opportunity to obtain cutting-edge research/knowledge in the interdisciplinary fields of pharmaceutical sciences.


All of us at the MPS Program look forward to receiving you into the CNU family – a dynamic learning community. Our fully dedicated MPS faculty and staff strives to help every student to explore your individual career path.  We are committed to bringing your passion for the science out of you during your academic journey. Also, I hope to personally meet you at a future Meet the Dean hour.


I sincerely extend my very best wishes to you as you embark on this exciting chapter in your life.

Pathways & Programs



Catherine Yang, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who.


MPS students winning the first places in Poster Presentation at the CNU Translational Research Symposium 2020.


MPS Ambassadors founded the MPS Organization establishing MPS as a foundation for growth in various career pathways.


Celebrating the Cultural Diversity of our MPS Students, CNU Faculty and Staff with food and games.

The Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MPS) Degree is a 21-months program for students interested in the following research areas:

  • Drug Design and Discovery/Development

  • Pharmacology, Cellular and Molecular Biology

  • Microbiology/Immunology

  • Medicinal Chemistry

  • Pharmaceutics, Drug Delivery, Pharmacokinetics

  • Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacoeconomics and Biostatistics

Graduates of this program can pursue a variety of career opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry field. Graduates are also positioned to work as researchers at universities, government agencies (i.e. NIH, FDA, CDC) agencies, and non-profit organizations. California Northstate University (CNU) is located in the Greater Sacramento Metropolitan Area, and provides unique opportunities for students to network with nearby biomedical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies.

An Unique Path to Medical School

To enhance the education and training of the next generation of physicians and medical doctors with special expertise and experience in pharmaceutical sciences and clinical regulations.
California Northstate University provides a six-year pathway with a Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences followed by progression to CNU College of Medicine.

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Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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