What Are the Top Pharmaceutical Science Schools?

Read on to learn about schools that could help you prepare for a rewarding career in pharmaceutical science through specialized research facilities or programs dedicated to drug development. Get information about schools' accreditation and program options. Schools offering Alcohol & Drug Studies degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top School for Pharmaceutical Science?

You should look for schools accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) that have high North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) pass rates for PharmD graduates. Maybe you'd like to specialize or take a dual degree program. Corporate and government support of pure science research facilities could help you develop effective medicines.

What Are Three Top Pharmaceutical Science Schools?

University of California in San Francisco

UCSF had the third-ranked pharmacy school in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 evaluation (usnews.com). You could earn a PharmD with a choice of pharmaceutical care, health science and policy research or pharmaceutical sciences pathways through the School of Pharmacy. The 4-year PharmD program admits fewer than 10% of approximately 1,500 annual applicants, and 60%-70% of graduates pursue advanced degrees. UCSF hosts the Program for Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy Studies and the Center for Drug Development Science. These degrees are available:

  • PharmD
  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenetics
  • Joint PharmD/Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenetics
  • Joint PharmD/Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Research

University of Kentucky in Lexington

UK's College of Pharmacy tied for sixth in the US News & World Report's 2016 pharmacy rankings. The college reported that graduates achieved a 100% pass rate on the NAPLEX in nine of the ten years previous to 2011, and that all received at least one job offer. In 2012 and 2013, the NAPLEX pass rate was 99%. A $120 million Biological Pharmaceutical Complex opened in 2010. The College also hosts the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice. These degrees are offered:

  • PharmD
  • M.S. in Pharmaceutical Science
  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science
  • PharmD/Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • PharmD/Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • PharmD/Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • PharmD/M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies

University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill

UNC was ranked first in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 ranking of pharmacy schools. The Eshelman School of Pharmacy's Office of Economic Development and International Partnerships supports economic and intellectual property development with pharmaceutical and biotechnical companies in the U.S. and abroad. Eshelman hosts the Institute for Pharmacogenetics and Individualized Therapy and the Center for Educational Excellence in Pharmacy. These programs are possible:

  • PharmD
  • PharmD/MBA
  • PharmD/MPH
  • M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ten Top Pharmaceutical Science Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
University of Minnesota 4-year, Public Minneapolis, MN$18,500
University of Texas-Austin 4-year, Public Austin, TX$12,000
University of Wisconsin-Madison 4-year, Public Madison, WI$12,000
Ohio State University 4-year, Public Columbus, OH$12,000
Purdue University 4-year, PublicWest Lafayette, IN$10,000
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 4-year, Public Ann Arbor, MI$23,000
University of Arizona 4-year, Public Tucson, AZ$13,000
University of Southern California 4-year, Private Los Angeles, CA$45,000
University of Utah 4-year, Public Salt Lake City, UT$8,000
University of Washington 4-year, Public Seattle, WA$16,500

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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