A few years ago, U.S. News and World Report ranked the best pharmaceutical science programs in the country. They are all schools that emphasize a balanced, complete education for their students. They also have high job placement rates for their graduates. The pharmacy field is expected to continue growing in the coming years, making pharmaceutical sciences a popular major for students thinking about their job prospects after graduation. Receiving your degree from a top-notch school will help you stand out from the competition. Here are the top three schools identified by U.S. News and World Report.
Making the top of their list was the San Francisco campus of the University of California, a school dedicated to the task of preserving and improving human life. Founded in 1872, this was the first pharmaceutical school in the West. They now offer a PhD program for students who want to follow a research oriented career path or a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) for students who prefer working as a clinician. UCSF has a strong research program, receiving more federal funding for chemical research and development than any other university in the country. They have also received more National Institutes of Health research funding every year since 1979 than any other pharmacy school in the country.
Coming in second on the list is UNC Chapel Hill. Established in 1897, Chapel Hill’s pharmacy program is one of the oldest in the nation. The pharmacy school is dedicated to progressive pharmaceutical care and is a recognized leader in research, education, and practice. The accomplished faculty and rigorous academics prepare their 550 students and 100 graduate students for a PhD, M.S., or PharmD. The pharmacy school uses 75,000 square feet of research space. And like UCSF, Chapel Hill’s prestigious standing can be measured by the research funds they receive. In 2009 they received almost $25 million in research funds, acknowledgement that their state of the art equipment and interdisciplinary collaboration are producing intellectual results that benefit their students.
Located on two campuses in the Twin Cities and Duluth, the pharmacy school is the only such program in the state of Minnesota. They have many cutting edge departments that lead the field in research and teaching, including Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Pharmaceutical Science. These departments are staffed by leading experts in their field and emphasize the interchange between research and practice. Like the other programs, they offer PharmD and PhD degrees, preparing their students for work in clinics and research facilities.
UC San Francisco, UNC Chapel Hill, and the University of Minnesota may have topped the U.S. News and World Report survey, but there are many other fine pharmaceutical science programs out there. The same report singled out seven other top pharmaceutical science programs at the University of Texas at Austin, Ohio State University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Washington, Purdue University, and the University of Arizona. Attending any of these schools will give a boast in the post-university job search.