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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 Program

Pharmacy Update and Practice Management (PUPM)


The Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Update and Practice Management (PUPM) is a one- to two-year online postgraduate course designed for PharmD students, pharmacy interns or registered pharmacists. This course provides a clear extension and continuation of the cross-disciplinary, integrated approach to learning and teaching undertaken in the PharmD and Master of Pharmacy programs offered at the College of Pharmacy. It is for pharmacists who wish to develop exceptional clinical skills relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice. This program provides intern or established pharmacists with an opportunity to build upon their existing study to fast-track the completion of a Graduate Certificate in Future Pharmacy and Management. To graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Future Pharmacy and Management, interns will also need to complete two extra elective units of study within five years of first enrolment. For registered pharmacists, who wish to update their pharmacy practice knowledge, the track consists of two compulsory units of study plus two elective subjects.

The proposed coursework that comprises this graduate certificate is designed to augment the students’ foundation of knowledge in the field of translational and clinical pharmacy management. Students who successfully complete the certificate will have achieved the following competencies:

  1. Understanding the advances in nanomedicine and drug delivery as they apply to diagnosis of disease and development of pharmaceutics.
  2. Recognizing the prevalence of genetic variations for human diseases.
  3. Identifying optimal pharmacogenetic and pharmacogenomics approaches in clinical pharmacy.
  4. Becoming acquainted with the current status of pharmacogenomics at global level and its future prospects.
  5. Developing the knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities needed to provide and evaluate comprehensive pharmacy benefits and services for patients in organized healthcare and ambulatory settings.
  6. Understanding medication systems management, manpower and fiscal resources stewardship, and technology assessment.
  7. Understanding drug resource management including appropriate, safe, efficient and economical medication use systems, drug information and therapy management.
  8. Understand pharmacy data management, performance improvement, and effective inter-professional communications and leadership.
  9. Understanding health information systems built around and upon the manager's role in the application in clinical settings of automated solutions to problems and concerns in today's health care service industry.
  10. Understanding problems and issues deriving from movements and trends in the management of human resources caused by changing laws, union activities, and the demands of our culture.

Prospective Students

The content of the various courses that comprise the Graduate Certificate in Future Pharmacy and Management have been created to address the needs of students facing the changes in pharmacy care delivery that are occurring based upon the increasing incidence of obesity and the aging of the general patient population. This graduate certificate program will be designed to attract the following prospective participants:

  1. Students currently enrolled in a Pharm-D.
  2. Registered Pharmacists and other Post-baccalaureate healthcare professionals seeking enhanced training in pharmaceutical sciences and those planning to enter MS or PhD programs.
  3. Pharmacy Interns.

The online delivery mode of the courses will enable geographically distant students or those currently engaged in full-time employment convenient access to the selected courses and the program.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree in the sciences or its equivalent from an accredited college.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • An advanced degree, current enrollment in a biomedical sciences degree program for MD, DO, PhD, PharmD (or equivalent) or extensive clinical experience.
  • GRE and PCAT scores can also be used to demonstrate qualitative and quantitative skills. GRE is NOT required for admission to Graduate Certificate Program

Course duration and mode of study

The Graduate Certificate in Future Pharmacy and Management is designed to introduce and familiarize the participant with the major topics that are part of an advanced pharmaceutical sciences/pharmacy practice and management curriculum. This will be accomplished by completing four advanced lecture and discussion courses that are necessary to introduce the recent updates in translational pharmacy such as nano-enabled drug delivery and pharmacogenomics and to provide a solid foundation for the development of more advanced and specialized pharmacy skills that are critical in a healthcare career. The four component courses hosted by the College of Pharmacy on the Tampa campus, will be delivered in distance education formats and will make extensive use of the Canvas course management environment.

The Graduate Certificate will be offered as a one year full-time or a two year part-time program. Students will be required to accumulate 12 credit hours.

The certificate comprises three required courses together with the selection of one of two possible electives. The courses focus on developing expertise in all the major updates in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy practice and pharmacy management. The certificate courses are:

Requirements-12 Credit Hours

Required Courses

PHA 6116 – Micro and Nano Drug Delivery Systems (3)
PHA 6132 – Translational Pharmacogenomics (3)
PHA 6775 – Pharmacy Practice Management (3)


GMS 6183 – Clinical Research Methods (3)
PHA 6788 – Introduction to Personalized Medicine (3)
PHA 6140 – Introduction to Nanotechnology (3)
PHA 6331 – Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (3)

Course location/delivery: This program is offered 100% online.

Credit towards graduate degree: Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied towards a graduate degree with program approval.

Transfer credit: None.

Standardized tests: GRE testing is not required for admission to the certificate program.

Application process: Please visit to fill out an application. In addition to the application forms please submit:

  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • A 250-word statement of interest describing your objectives in pursuing this course of study
  • A phone interview (optional).

Registration process: First, consult with the certificate program advisor and obtain an electronic course permit if necessary. Then go to, the link to OASIS, USF’s online registration system. Follow instructions given online.

Tuition and fees: Tuition is currently set at a fixed rate of per credit hour for both in-state and out-of-state students.

Financial aid: Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 813-974-4700 for exceptions and the names of private lenders.

Time limit: Courses must be completed within three years.

Contact information:
Shyam S. Mohapatra, PhD MBA

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 the PharmD education directed at each of the four pillars (educational thrust areas) at the College of Pharmacy. For further information on these programs please contact:

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 integrated 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 – 15 credit hours
Non-thesis – 17 credit hours (including electives)
Thesis – 17 credit hours (8 Thesis; 9 electives)
Electives – 8-17 credit hours (depending on thesis/non-Thesis Option)

Core Requirements (All tracks) - 15 hours

Introduction to Nanotechnology (Online) [PHA 6140] (3)
Micro-Nano Drug Delivery systems (Online) [PHA 6116] (3)
Nanomaterials, BioMEMs & Nanodevices (Online) [PHA 6118] (3)
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (online) [PHA6331] (3)
Scientific Writing (Online) (2)
Ethics (Online) (1)

Non-Thesis Option – 17 hours

  • General Track
    In addition to the core requirements, students complete 17 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 [PHA 6117] (3)
    Electives 8
    Internship [PHA 6000] (6)
    Internship is in a matched industry, institute or center, as approved by the major advisor

Thesis Option – 17 hours

  • Research Track
    In addition to the core requirements, students complete a thesis and 9 hours of electives
    Electives (9)
    Thesis [PHA 6971] (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 – 8-17 hours
Students take a minimum of 8-17 hours of electives depending on if in the thesis/non-thesis option. Examples of Electives are as follows.

Introduction to personalized medicine (Online) [PHA 6788] (3)
Pharmacogenomics- Current and Future Prospects (Online) [PHA 6132] (3)
Pharmacy Practice Management (Online) [PHA6775] (3)
Invention, Innovations & Entrepreneurship [PHA6117] (3)
Geriatric Pharmacy (Online) [PHA6143] (3)
Nanoformulations and Nanopharmaceutics (Online) [PHA6XXX] (3)
Seminar (Online) [PHA6XXX] (1)
Special Topics (Online) [PHA6XXX] (2)

PhD in Pharmacy
(Pending Approval)

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.

MS in Biomedical Engineering
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 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.


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 Currently there are five (5) required courses:
Basic Medical Physiology or BME 6931 (3) Engineering Physiology [GMS 6440] (3)
Basic Medical Anatomy [GMS 6605] (3)
Biostatistics II [PHC 6051] (3)
Biomedical Engineering I [BME 6000] (3)
Biomedical Engineering II [BME 6931] (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:

Introduction to Nanotechnology (Online) [PHA 6140] (3)
Micro-Nano Drug Delivery systems (Online) [PHA 6116] (3)
Nanomaterials, BioMEMs & Nanodevices (Online) [PHA 6118] (3)
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine(online) [PHA6331] (3)
Introduction to personalized medicine (Online) [PHA 6788] (3)

Thesis Option – 6 hours

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