Curriculum

Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences has two course of study track options: 1) a thesis-based track; and 2) a capstone track.

Thesis/Course Track

Core Courses (29 credits)

  • MPS 501 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences I (3 cr)
  • MPS 511 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences II (3 cr)
  • MPS 502 Techniques in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Theory and Practice (2 cr)
  • MPS 512 Principal of FDA Regulatory Affairs and Drug Discovery (3 cr)
  • MPS 513 Biostatistics & Research Methods (3 cr)
  • MPS 514 Clinical Biochemistry (3 cr)
  • MPS 515 medical immunology (3 cr)
  • MPS 518 Advances in drug delivery (3 cr)
  • MPS 506 Research and Thesis-I (3 cr)
  • MPS 516 Research and Thesis-II (3 cr)

Elective Courses (2 credits)
A minimum of 2 credits are required.

Capstone/Course Track

Core Courses (25 credits)

  • MPS 501 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences I (3 cr)
  • MPS 511 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences II (3 cr)
  • MPS 502 Techniques in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Theory and Practice (2 cr)
  • MPS 512 Principal of FDA Regulatory Affairs
Program Learning Outcomes and Drug Discovery (3 cr)
  • MPS 513 Biostatistics & Research Methods (3 cr)

PLO 1: Foundational Knowledge in Pharmaceutical

  • MPS 514 Clinical Biochemistry (3 cr)
  • MPS 515¬† medical immunology¬† (3 cr)
  • MPS 518 Advances in drug delivery (3 cr)
  • MPS 507 Capstone Paper-I (3 cr)
  • MPS 516 Capstone Paper-II (3 cr)

Elective Courses (2 credits)
A minimum of 2 credits are required.

Elective Course Options (Subject to Change)
  • MPS 601 Advanced Topics in Drug Design (2 cr)
  • MPS 602 Advanced Topics in Phytochemistry (2 cr)
  • MPS 603 Advanced Topics in Immunology (2 cr)
  • MPS 604 Journal Seminar (2 cr)

MPS to MD (2+4)-Combined Programs

The 2+4 MPS+MD (Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences + Doctor of Medicine) combined program (aka pathway) at California Northstate University is designed to offer a unique opportunity (pathway) for students to enter into medical school. This combined program will significantly increase the chances to enter into medical school, receiving competitive clinical residencies and pursue career opportunities in advanced medicine. For this MPS-MD combined program, the students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in the MPS program and required MCAT score to be matriculated into the MD program.

PharmD/MPS Combined Program

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy students in their P1 or P2 year with a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 are eligible to apply for the PharmD/Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MPS) combined degree program (aka pathway), which runs concurrently with the pharmacy program. While the MPS degree alone takes a minimum of 21-months to complete, current pharmacy students may opt to complete the PharmD/MPS combined degree program requirements within the four-year time frame of the PharmD program. This combined program will increase your chances of receiving clinical residencies. Also, students completing the PharmD/MPS combined degree may be better-situated to pursue career opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry field, regulatory affairs, academia, and other clinical research areas.