Program Learning Objectives
The Program Learning Objectives for the Masters program in Pharmaceutical Sciences are available here.
A minimum of 24 core-curriculum courses (see Course Offerings below) and 28 total units are required for graduation, including 594A and 594B (MS thesis). The core curriculum emphasizes drug discovery, drug delivery and molecular pharmacology
Research can be initiated at any point in the program. Students selecting the non-research master’s track may elect and are encouraged to carry out research in their program.
Students may choose between two tracks to complete the Master of Science degree. First, the non-research Master’s track requires that the student conduct a detailed, extensive literature review in an area determined by the student in conjunction with a thesis advisor faculty member. Second, the research track requires that the student carry out a research project during the second year of the program.
On either track, students must submit a thesis to complete their degree requirements, either covering the scientific area selected in the non-research track, or describing their research project and results in the research track. The thesis should be 50-100 pages on average.
Graduate students are expected to possess knowledge in various areas of pharmaceutical sciences. The following are graduate courses offered by the program (some courses are not offered every year):
- PSCI 599 Pharmacogenomics
- PSCI 599 Proteomics
- PSCI 651 Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- PSCI 652L Structure-Activity Relationship & Drug Design
- PSCI 653L Spectrometry in Biomedicine
- PSCI 654L Computing Applications in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- PSCI 655 Immunopharmaceutics
- PSCI 662 Advanced Pharmacokinetics
- PSCI 663 Dosage Form Design & Evaluation
- PSCI 664 Drug Discovery and Design
- PSCI 665 Drug Transport and Delivery
- PSCI 666 Molecular Structural Biology
- PSCI 667 Intracellular Drug Delivery and Targeting
- PSCI 671 Drug Metabolism (Morphology)
The following are graduate courses offered in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology:
- MPTX 500 Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
- MPTX 501 Toxicology of Oxidants and Free Radicals
- MPTX 601 Methods in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
- MPTX 602 Sciences, Research and Ethics
The following are graduate courses offered for the Health Sciences Campus as “campus-wide” general courses:
- INTD 531 Cell Biology
- INTD 561 Biochemistry
- INTD 571 Molecular Genetics
- PHBI 562 Systems and Integrative Physiology
USC Course Catalogue
For Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSCI) and Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology (MPTX) courses, see School of Pharmacy
For Interdepartmental (INTD) and Physiology and Biophysics (PHBI) courses, see Keck School of Medicine.
Schedule of Classes
For course availability for the current year see the Schedule of Classes.