The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) program in the College of Pharmacy has been recognized as a top national program and “hidden gem” at the MS level, according to an external peer review.
As part of Western University of Health Sciences’ review process, the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IRE) selected a pool of reviewers and oversaw the review process for the MSPS program.
The report also praised the program’s low attrition rate for students and faculty, reflecting an overall supportive environment; excellence and support from administrative staff; solid funding; and research output that is at the highest level achievable in a two-year program.
The MSPS program was established in 2003 to train the next generation of pharmaceutical scientists with a mission statement to “produce scientists who receive extensive training in pharmaceutical sciences with the aim of discovering and advancing scientific knowledge that will lead to improving human health and quality of life.”
Students have a strong science background with an interest in furthering their careers in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry, private or public academic research, or government research. Many students go on to get their PhD or professional degree.
“This program is a hidden gem because it’s well-funded and our graduates have been successful in getting jobs or going to PhD or professional programs,” Wang said. “To date, the program has graduated 55 students with the MSPS degree, and based on a 2014 alumni survey, the average salary was $74,000.”