The MSIPS curriculum is highly flexible and offers students a wide variety of graduate-level courses from which to choose. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students tailor their educational and research experience in preparation for the next stage of their academic training or professional career. The program is a residential, full-time, one year master's degree requiring 32 total credit hours (24 credits of coursework, 8 credit capstone).
- Fall semester: 11-13 course credits
- Winter semester: 11-13 course credits
- Spring/Summer semester: 8 capstone credits
Required Coursework (24 credits)
College of Pharmacy – Each of our three academic departments (Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical Pharmacy Translational Sciences) offer foundational courses and a weekly scientific seminar. All students must complete at least 16 credits of coursework offered through the College of Pharmacy academic departments. Students are expected to choose coursework from an APPROVED LIST with offerings from each academic department (13 credits); there is also a required 1-credit ethics course and 2 credits of required seminar & capstone proposal preparation to be taken with your cohort.
U-M Electives – The remaining 8 credits may be from either additional College of Pharmacy coursework or coursework from other University of Michigan departments and colleges such as BioChem, BioMed, BioStats, CancBio, Chem, Epid, Immun, MatSci, MicroBio, Physiol, Stats, etc. Note: Courses that WILL NOT count as U-M Electives are department seminars like CPTS 850 and PS 838, ELI and PharmD courses, early Capstone registration, audited courses, and undergraduate courses not approved for graduate credit.
Capstone Project (8 credits)
Students must complete a capstone project under the guidance of a College of Pharmacy faculty member. The capstone project is done in the final Spring/Summer semesters for 8 credits over 14 weeks, requiring a full-time commitment. Students may work on a research project or complete a literature synthesis. At the end of the summer, the cohort is expected to give a presentation and submit a written report & poster to their faculty advisor.
Past Capstone Project Examples:
- Structure-based de novo design of ALK inhibitor with computational and traditional chemistry methods
- Optimizing the drug development process using relationships between structures and drug-like properties in oral drug candidates
- Nanoparticle-based STING activation for Systemic Cancer Immunotherapy
- Drug-like property optimization of Proteolysis-targeting chimeras (PROTACs) degrader
- Development of mouse models of intracellular lung infections
- High-density Lipoprotein Nanodisc delivering peptide treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
- Facilitators, Barriers, and Targets of Implementing an Area Agency on Aging Pharmacist-led Community Care Transition Initiative
- Impacts of Manufacturing Parameters on Exparel® Quality
- Phase IV single-arm pharmacokinetic study of skeletal muscle area-based paclitaxel infusion in patients with breast cancer
- An exploration of pyridyl containing inhibitors of T. gondii cathepsin L
- Purification and functional testing of platelet aggregating lectins from snake venoms
Below are sample curricula for both even and odd admissions years. Course availability will vary depending on the year of admission. A list of course descriptions for the U-M College of Pharmacy can be found HERE.