Sep 20, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Pharmacy Leadership and Administration, MS


College of Pharmacy  > Pharmacy Leadership and Administration, MS

Taking full advantage of the resources of the world’s largest medical center, Texas Medical Center, the 24-month Houston Program with MS in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration offers unique learning, teaching and collaboration opportunities to train the next generation of pharmacy leaders.

The University of Houston College of Pharmacy offers a Master of Science in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration, with PGY1 and PGY2 Health-System Pharmacy Administration (HSPA) residency programs from seven leading Texas Medical Center institutions.

Texas Medical Center institutions with HSPA residencies participating in the Houston Program:

  • Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • Harris Health System
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • The University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center

For more information, please visit the Pharmacy Leadership and Administration website.

Admission Requirements


Applicants must have a PharmD and a license to practice pharmacy in the U.S. Applicants apply for PGY1/PGY2 residency via the PhORCAS application and enroll in ASHP Residency Matching process, then apply to the M.S. Pharmacy Leadership and Administration degree program at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. For all applicants, and especially for applicants from outside of the Houston area, we provide a coordinated interview schedule in order to optimize candidates’ time and learn more about the Houston Program, the Texas Medical Center, and the city of Houston. Letters of recommendation, transcripts, CV, and personal statement are required, but not the Graduate Record Examination.

See the application website for all of the details.

Degree Requirements


Credit hours required for this degree: 36.0

The MS program is offered by the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research (PPTR).  The curriculum focuses on Pharmacy Leadership and Administration in Health-System Pharmacies. The student must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours (Cr Hr) for the MS degree including a major thesis/project. In accordance with the University of Houston guidelines, the department may approve a maximum of 9 Cr Hr of transfer credits from another institution.

Required Coursework


13 Credit Hours

Prescribes Electives


20 Credit Hours

Open Elective


3 Credit Hours

Elective can be selected from any available options for the student.

Suggested Degree Plan


Spring I


Fall II


Spring II


Department/Program Academic Policies


  1. Every graduate student must maintain a ‘B’ average or 3.00 GPA throughout the MS program curriculum. Failure to do so will automatically place the student on probation for the following semester. Once on probation, the student has one semester (Fall or Spring) to improve their grades. If the student is not able to improve their performance and if their GPA is still below 3.00 the student may have to withdraw from the program. Students who have their GPA below 3.00, but have shown dramatic improvement in course grades, may petition for an extension to the MS Program Advisory Committee.
  2. Graduate students are allowed only 2 ‘C’ grades throughout the MS program. Students will be automatically put on probation upon receipt of their second ‘C’ grade and will be withdrawn from the program upon receipt of their third ‘C’ grade.
  3. In addition, the student will be automatically put on probation if they receive a grade below a ‘C’ in any one course. Individuals who receive a grade below ‘C’ have one semester to improve their grades. Students who are on probation and who show dramatic improvement in course grades may petition for an extension to the MS Program Advisory Committee.
  4. Additionally, students receiving a grade below ‘C’ in any core course is required to repeat the course during its next offering. In addition, a student with a D, F, or I as the most recent grade in a graduate level course for a degree plan will not be eligible for graduation.   

Master of Science in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration: Graduate Student Policies and Procedures Handbook