PhD & MS

Our graduate degree programs consistently rank among the top programs in the nation and around the world. Our faculty ranks #3 nationally for federal grant funding among U.S. schools of pharmacy; the faculty also ranks highly for research and publications by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Our graduate students participate directly in faculty research, including NIH and private grant projects, and benefit from strong mentorship. The UW School of Pharmacy is uniquely co-located with the other Schools of Health Sciences—Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Dentistry, and Social Work—all of which are “Top 10” schools. This proximity, and the collaborative culture at UW, creates a dynamic environment for graduate students. Our numerous external partner organizations in Seattle also present graduate students with unique opportunities at the forefront of life-changing research, addressing some of the biggest problems in biomedical and population health. Upon graduation, our PhD and MS graduates are consistently sought after for competitive positions in the biomedical industry, academia, and government.


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PhD in Medicinal Chemistry

Research in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry encompasses questions of drug metabolism and disposition, drug design and delivery, and disease mechanism. Broadly speaking, we seek to understand how drugs and toxins interact with their targets and with detoxifying enzymes and transporters, as well as to understand the chemical and biochemical bases of cardiovascular, degenerative, developmental and infectious diseases.

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PhD or MS Program in Pharmaceutics

At the University of Washington, research in the Department of Pharmaceutics encompasses studies on the fundamental aspects of drug absorption, disposition, and drug delivery to optimize drug efficacy and minimize drug toxicity. More broadly, our research is targeted towards translational and precision medicine where individualization of drug dosing regimens can be achieved.

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PhD in Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy

The Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute faculty, post-doctoral fellows and students conduct analyses of the comparative effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of healthcare interventions to estimate value propositions and improve decision making by patients, clinicians, and policy makers.

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PharmD-MBA Concurrent Degree

The partnership of UWSOP and the UWB creates a transformative educational opportunity for our PharmD students to earn their MBA with just one additional year of study. Students may choose a Leadership or Technology track for their MBA.

With UW Bothell’s top-ranked educational value and the world-renowned faculty at UW School of Pharmacy, this program offers a new approach to health care leadership training.

As a UW PharmD-MBA graduate, you will be prepared to meet high level health care challenges now and in the future.

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PharmD/MS program in Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy

The concurrent degree program allows students enrolled in the School of Pharmacy’s professional program to pursue a PharmD and M.S. degree, and to complete both degrees within a 5-year period. Students will complete extensive graduate coursework in 4 quarters. The program offers efficient and specialized training through research experience, and classroom training. Students will apply formally to the program in Autumn of their fourth (and) last year of the PharmD program.

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MS in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs (BRAMS)

The University of Washington’s Master of Science in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs trains professionals to effectively manage the process of bringing new medical products to market. In this two-year program, abbreviated as BRAMS, you’ll develop expertise in the regulations governing medical product development and learn how to lead every step of the regulatory process.

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Other Programs

The UW School of Pharmacy’s other programs aim to develop practical skills, check out our dynamic offerings to enhance your learning in the areas of science, pharmacy and teaching. More information is available by selecting the links below.