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Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy

The Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy program is a flexible master’s program for licensed pharmacists worldwide who would like to advance their practice toward patient-centered pharmacy care.

Program highlights include:

  • 33 semester credit hours completed online
  • No on-campus travel requirements
  • Requires a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and active pharmacist's license
  • Courses begin in Fall (August) 2019

Admissions Requirements​​​


 Frequently Asked Questions


 How fast can I complete the program?

On average, most students complete the program in two years. Every individual’s situation is unique. Depending on the student’s professional and personal life circumstances, the Distance Degrees and Programs office does its best to accommodate and offer flexibility for all our students.​​​


 What is the program cost?

Tuition and fees change every year with new tuition and fees going into effect in the fall semester. To see the current tuition and fees pricing visit the M.S. in Clinical Pharmacy Tuition and Fees website page.​


 Are scholarships and financial aid offered?

Applicants are encouraged to visit the CU Anschutz Financial Aid website to learn about applying for financial aid and campus scholarships.​


 Can I become licensed in the United States after graduating from the M.S. in Clinical Pharmacy Program?

The M.S. in Clinical Pharmacy degree is not a pathway to gain licensure in the United States.​​​


 Can I complete the program and keep my full-time job?

Absolutely! In fact, 99% of our students are employed. We do encourage you to speak with your employer before starting the program.​


 Do I have to complete clinical rotations?

No clinical rotations are required. The M.S. degree provides experience in other ways, such as through portfolio-based assessment of practical experience and a thesis-based project. Students utilize past and present professional experiences in their own workplace setting.​


 Do I have to have a PharmD to apply?

A PharmD is not a requirement however, applicants must have one of the following degrees to apply: A bachelor degree (or equivalent, including MPharm.) in pharmacy from any Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) -accredited program, or other locally-approved / accredited college or university program outside of the United States.​


 What is the maximum and minimum number of courses I can take each semester?

There are no minimum or maximum numbers of courses you must enroll in. You can tailor each semester’s enrollment to accommodate other professional or personal commitments. If you want to complete the program around the average completion time of 2 years, you should plan to enroll in 6-9 credits per semester. To meet full-time requirements for financial aid, you will need 5 credits or more each semester.​​​


 Can I take semesters off during the program?

Most definitely! Remember our program is flexible and caters to working professionals. You are welcome to take a semester off. Keep in mind three or more consecutive semesters off will result in deactivating your student record and you will need to resubmit required documentation in order to reenroll in the program. In addition, all students are required to complete the program within six years. Any time taken off is time included in the required timeframe. It is important to speak with your advisor before taking a break from the program.​


 Is the program open to international applicants?

Absolutely! In order to apply International applicants must have an equivalent U.S. bachelor of science in pharmacy or an MPharm.​


 What is the foundation of the M.S. in Clinical Pharmacy curriculum?

The program is comprised of 33 credit hours online coursework. The program is geared toward working pharmacists (in the US and abroad) with an interest and/or needs-based education that enhances their professional knowledge and skills such that they may effectively provide patient-centered pharmacy care, i.e. “clinical pharmacy.” The curriculum is composed through applied sciences (e.g., Pharmacotherapy), pharmacy practice (e.g., Interprofessional leadership and development) and healthcare systems-based (e.g., Healthcare informatics) courses. It is designed for pharmacists who are bachelor or master degree-prepared, or are current PharmD-prepared pharmacists who are seeking to update their professional knowledge and skills.​


 What is the difference between a PharmD and M.S. in Clinical Pharmacy?

A key difference between the PharmD and the M.S. degree is the amount and type of applied learning required for each program. The US-based PharmD requires 1,740 hours of introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experience to solidify the student’s skills in providing patient-centered care. The M.S. degree does not include rotations but requires students to draw upon current professional experiences by submitting portfolio-based assessments and the completion of a thesis.​


 What are the goals of the program?

The goal of the M.S. in Clinical Pharmacy program is to provide its graduates with the knowledge and skills that enable them to more effectively perform patient-centered pharmacy care. Students will meet fourteen Ability-Based Outcomes (ABOs) before graduating. These broad-based outcomes address the foundational science, patient care, and personal and professional skills needed to conduct patient-centered pharmacy care.​