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On behalf of the College of Pharmacy Office of Graduate Programs, I would like to welcome you to explore the opportunities available in graduate studies at the College.

The USF College of Pharmacy (COP) was established in 2010 to offer the Pharm D program. COP founded its Office of Graduate Programs in 2013 with the mission to create graduate level education programs in pharmacy producing global pharmacy leaders, one scholar at a time. The vision for graduate education at COP included developing cutting-edge research training and education including both didactic (on-line and in-class) in several areas of Pharmacy, creating a diverse learning environment for students and faculty and creating advanced learning opportunities using the emerging technologies.

Consistent with USF's mission, the strategic goals of OGP include i) to enhance domestic and international recruitment, enrollment, and retention of graduate students that reflects diversity, ii) to strive to enhance the academic experience of and the quality of life for graduate students, iii) to pursue research funding and conduct and publish research that leads to opportunities for graduate student success, iv) to partner with the other USF Colleges and SUS institutions to develop creative initiatives that promote graduate student research, and v) to serve as a leader in promoting interdisciplinary graduate programs. OGP plans to develop initiatives for Graduate Certificate, Master's of Pharmacy and PhD programs in addition to dual degree programs at the COP.

The First Certificate program is planned to be offered in 2014. The first degree program planned to be launched is a Master's degree in Pharmacy focusing on nanomedicine, which is expected to commence in 2015.

Any prospective students may inquire by writing or emailing to the Staff in Graduate Program:

Shyam S. Mohapatra, PhD, MBA
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

Certificate Programs


Summer Start – April 27, 2015
Fall Start – Aug. 10, 2015
Spring Start – Dec. 14, 2015 (due to holiday break)


Admission Requirements

Application Process

Future Graduate Certificate Programs (Pending Approval)

The School of Graduate studies at the College of Pharmacy is in the process of creating additional Graduate Certificate Programs to enrich PharmD education. Our focus derives from each of the four pillars (educational thrust areas) at the College of Pharmacy. These Graduate certificates include:

  • Personalized Pharmacy (should be available spring, 2016)
  • Geriatric Pharmacy Practice (should be available spring, 2016)

Contact Information
Shyam S. Mohapatra, PhD MBA

Norma Bedell, MA

MS in Biomedical Engineering - Approved and Available now!
Concentration in Pharmacy (Jointly with College of Pharmacy)

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.B.E.) Degree

Biomedical Engineering is a highly interdisciplinary program that combines engineering and the medical sciences. The student works with an advisor to develop a customized and unique graduate program that draws on courses from engineering, medicine, public health, and the life sciences. Current active areas of research include: biomechanics, biomaterials, medical imaging, neuroengineering, tissue engineering, sensors, cellular-level drug delivery, and rehabilitation engineering. In addition to USF Health, participating institutions include the James Haley Veterans Administration Hospital, Florida Orthopedics Institute, and Tampa General Hospital. For more information, please contact the BME Program Advisor. This degree offers students a great opportunity to stand out from their peers with this tailored degree.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher;
  • GRE with preferred minimum scores of Quantitative >75% and Analytical Writing 4 or >;
  • An undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Engineering, or in Science with pre-requisites listed below;
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • CV
  • Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must demonstrate proficiency in English. See the Admissions Policy section of the Graduate Catalog for approved ways of demonstrating proficiency

Notes: Exceptionally qualified students with bachelor’s degrees in the Life and Physical Sciences may be admitted into the BME M.S. Program. Such students will typically have to complete a series of pre-requisite engineering and calculus courses before formal admission into the program. Pre-requisite courses will not count towards the degree requirements


Total Minimum Program Hours: 30 credit hours
Both the thesis and non-thesis options are available at the M.S. level.

Core Requirements – 15 hours there are five (5) required courses:

Basic Medical Physiology or BME 6931 (3) Engineering Physiology (3)
Basic Medical Anatomy (3)
Biostatistics II (3)
Biomedical Engineering I (3)
Biomedical Engineering II (3)

Students may either opt for the Concentration in Pharmacy or follow the general track completing 15 hours of electives as noted:

Concentration in Pharmacy – 15 hours currently there are five (5) required courses:

PHA 6146- Introduction to Nanotechnology (Online) (3)
PHA 6119- Micro-Nano Drug Delivery systems (Online) (3)
PHA 6336- Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (online) (3)

Nanomaterials, BioMEMs & Nanodevices (Online) (3)
Introduction to personalized medicine (Online) (3)

Thesis Option – 6 hours

Thesis option students can count 6 hours of thesis research towards the elective requirements.


Admissions Information

Contact Information
College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering Department (ECH)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB118
Tampa, FL 33620
Program Director or Coordinator:
Robert Frisina
Phone: 813-974-4013

Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology
(Pending Approval)

The Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology is designed to train students in the skills they will need to understand the burgeoning technological advances in science at the nanoscale and how new nanomaterials and processes can be applied to drug delivery, diagnosis, treatment monitoring, tissue regeneration, personalized medicine and more. Nanopharmacy and nanomedicine is a unique interdisciplinary science that integrates the knowledge of natural sciences and engineering with Pharmacy and medicine to develop nanopharmaceuticals.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below

  • Bachelor’s degree in the biomedical, biological or chemical sciences from a regionally accredited institution or have completed all the traditional pre-med requirements at a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and an appropriate Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or PCAT or DAT score.
  • Minimum 3.00 overall GPA
  • GRE Required. GRE may be substituted by minimum MCAT score of 20 or PCAT score of 65% DAT score of 1
  • A language proficiency test (for International students). International applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 213 (computer-based), 550 (paper-based), or 79 (internet-based), which may be waived
  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of reference
  • A resume
  • Interview (optional)


Total Minimum Hours – 32 credit hours
Core Requirements – 14 credit hours
Non-thesis – 18 credit hours (including electives)
Thesis – 18 credit hours (8 Thesis; 10 electives)
Electives – 10-18 credit hours (depending on thesis/non-Thesis Option)

Core Requirements (All tracks) - 14 hours
PHA 6146 Introduction to Nanotechnology (Online) (3)
PHA 6119 Micro-Nano Drug Delivery systems (Online) (3)
PHA 6336 Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (online) (3)
Nanomaterials, BioMEMs & Nanodevices (Online) (3)

Scientific Writing (Online) (1)
Ethics (Online) (1)

Non-Thesis Option – 18 hours

  • General Track
    In addition to the core requirements, students complete 18 hours of electives, and submit written document based on a systematic review of a selected topic as assigned by the major professor.
  • Entrepreneurship Track
    In addition to the core requirements, students complete the following courses/internship, and 8 hours of electives.
    Invention, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (3)
    Electives (9)
    Internship (6)
    Internship is in a matched industry, institute or center, as approved by the major advisor

Thesis Option – 18 hours

  • Research Track In addition to the core requirements, students complete a thesis and 10 hours of electives
    Electives (10)
    Thesis (8)
    [Thesis: submission of a written document on a specific project-based on experimental data for approval, part of which may be included in a manuscript.]

Electives – 10-18 hours

Students take a minimum of 10-18 hours of electives depending on if in the thesis/non-thesis option.

Examples of Electives are as follows.

Introduction to personalized medicine (Online) (3)
Pharmacogenomics- Current and Future Prospects (Online) (3)
Pharmacy Practice Management (Online) (3)
Invention, Innovations & Entrepreneurship (3)
Geriatric Pharmacy (Online) [PHA6143] (3)
Nanoformulations and Nanopharmaceutics (Online) (3)
Seminar (Online) (1)
Special Topics (Online) (1-6 CR)

PhD in Pharmacy
(In Development)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in the College of Pharmacy (COP) will aim to educate the next generation of PhDs in fundamental aspects of pharmacy through didactic 30% online and 70% in-class courses and directed cutting-edge research in three thrust areas: translational nanomedicine, basic and clinical pharmacogenomics as well as industrial pharmacy. These thrusts are in keeping with the recent advances in cell-, genomic-, and nano-technologies, which are expected to revolutionize health care in the 21st century – enabling us to gain new insights into diagnostics as well as therapy, and contributing to the development of new generations of pharmaceutical products and services.