Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Questions

Students need to meet a minimum GPA of 3.0. GRE scores are required, however, there is no set minimum. If a student has a GPA of 3.8 or higher, the GRE will be waived.
No, we will also consider the MCAT, PCAT, and DAT.

We advise students to begin one of our graduate certificate programs to see if the field of nanotechnology is a good fit. Grades earned within a graduate certificate program of a “B” or better may be transferred into a Graduate Degree Program, with approval from the Program Director. *Up to 12 credit hours may be transferrable.

Check out the list of Graduate Certificates offered at the College of Pharmacy: https://health.usf.edu/pharmacy/graduate-programs/graduate-certificate-programs

Yes, to set up an appointment with the Graduate Programs Recruiter visit https://health.usf.edu/pharmacy/prerequisites/advisor-appointments 

Appointments can be conducted in-person or by phone.

Program Specific Questions

The MSPN program is designed to train students in the skills they will need to understand the burgeoning technological advances in science at the nanoscale level. In addition, teaching students how new nanomaterials and processes can be applied to drug delivery, diagnosis, treatment monitoring, tissue regeneration, personalized medicine, and more.
Depending on the track/concentration pursued, this program may be completed within 1 year and offers students the flexibility of completing it 100% online or face to face. 
Online courses are not self-paced. Online courses require students to view lectures and complete assignments throughout the semester. 

General Track - Provides a foundation in pharmaceutical sciences and nanotechnology for students planning to enter a professional program.

Entrepreneurship Track- Provides the opportunity to complete an internship in the field for students seeking work in industry. Prior research experience is preferred

Research Track- Provides students an opportunity to do original research, ideal for those wishing to enter academia or pursue advanced degrees.

Biomedical Engineering Concentration- Provides a foundation in pharmaceutical sciences and nanotechnology from an engineering perspective, ideal for those wishing to work in academia, industry, or pursue advanced degrees.

Drug Discovery, Development, Delivery & Manufacturing (D4M) Concentration - Provides students an opportunity to do original research in D4M areas, ideal for those wishing to work in academia, industry, or pursue advanced degrees.

At this time, only the Research Track and D4M Concentration requires written completion and presentation of an original thesis. All other tracks and concentrations complete and present an e-portfolio in lieu of a thesis.
Students can go on to pursue their PhD in a variety of fields such as Biomedical Sciences or Engineering or may pursue a professional program such as Medical School, Pharmacy School, Dental School, or even Veterinary School.  
Students can enter the public health service sector, perform federal research, become a faculty member, work with biomedical devices, or enter the pharmaceutical industry. 
Students will complete courses within the following topics: Nanomaterials in Medicine, Risk Management, Scientific Writing, Nanoscale Drug Delivery Systems, Pharmacogenomics, Regenerative Medicine, and Pharmacy Practice Management.
Biotechnology revolves around biology, whereas nanotechnology is at the nanoscale and provides a greater understanding of the most advanced technology. By combining the interest of the two fields, also known as nanobio, the two content areas overlap and can provide a student with a better understanding and research foundation for gene technology at the nanoscale level.
Some examples include but are not limited to stain repelling fabric, nanofilms for water resistant cell phones, increased battery capacity, antibacterial bandages, improving sunscreen, and even in concrete. 
Graduate Assistantships are not appointed to students within their first semester of study. In addition, GA ships are available based on Department funds, resources, and availability of faculty and research projects.
Yes, completing the master’s degree program can enhance your academic credentials when applying to a professional program. Students who complete the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology will be guaranteed an interview for the USF College of Pharmacy PharmD program. 
We encourage students to seek out their own internship placement, however, the College can assist and place students if needed. If a student secures their own internship, site approval will be needed from the Program Director. 
The College has affiliation agreements with a variety of local industries in and surrounding the Tampa Bay area. If a student wishes to pursue their internship out of State, prior approval will be needed from the Program Director. 
Internships are assigned for 1 academic semester. The Fall & Spring terms are 15 weeks and the Summer is 10 weeks. 
Companies such as CoreRx and Catalent Pharma Solutions have hired our recent graduates. 
Within the Research Track, students must select a major professor and committee for their master thesis requirement. In order to accomplish this, we encourage students to shadow in a variety of labs to find their interest. Some research areas include; genetic engineering, magnetic nanomaterials, nanomedicine and drug resistance bacteria, cancer therapy, neurological and neurodegenerative diseases, drug development and discovery, pharmacogenomics, and many more. 

We encourage students to visit the College website: https://health.usf.edu/pharmacy/graduate-programs.

In addition, please visit the Center for Research & Education in Nanobioengineering website to find faculty members with associated research interests: https://health.usf.edu/medicine/nanomed.

Students who obtain their MS in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology in conjunction with their PharmD degree become more competitive when seeking employment post-graduation. The M.S. degree will provide students a solid foundation, at the nano level, of how drugs interact, work, and target a variety of diseases in the human body. Students will learn about personalized medicine and be able to apply these concepts in the real world. In addition, students who complete the M.S. degree can obtain research experience and learn basic concepts in the lab or pharmaceutical industry. 
Yes. The College offers a limited number of merit based scholarships to newly admitted students only. All students who are accepted for the program will receive an email with more details. The scholarship award may be granted for 1 academic term, in the amount of $1,000.