Pharmaceutical Sciences Master of Science

About us

The Master of Science specializing in Health-System Pharmacy Administration & Leadership is offered to students completing the degree with residency (full-time) or as a working professional (part-time).

The program educates and trains pharmacists to conceptualize, plan, coordinate and evaluate pharmaceutical care in organized health care settings.

The Ohio State University has been a leader in establishing the tradition of Health-System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership across the country. Beginning in 1959, this program has had more than 400 graduates, many of whom are nationally recognized leaders in pharmacy management. Our graduates include past ASHP presidents, Harvey A.K. Whitney recipients; and more than 50 current directors of pharmacy across the country.

It is not just the long-standing tradition that sets our program apart; it is also the thriving alumni community active in the Latiolais Leadership Program, which bears the motto "Enthusiasm for Excellence.” This group, consisting of past graduates, strives to address contemporary issues and provide effective strategies for improvement in Health-System Pharmacy leadership.

Program Options: 

Working Professional (part-time)

  • 100% online learning with the majority being asynchronous allowing for maximum flexibility with demanding schedule of a working professional.
  • Coursework typically completed part-time between three to five years.
  • Approximately 50% of coursework will be paired with students in Combined MS/HSPA-L and Residency track allowing for cross-learning and networking.
  • Coursework and associated assignments/projects are designed to help advance the practice site resulting in lots of hands-on learning through completion of practice-based projects.

Combined MS/HSPA-L and Residency (full-time)

  • A combination of residential (in-person) and online learning.
  • Students are part of a cohort of approximately 10-12 residents per year from four residency programs in Central Ohio.
  • A mix of residential and online coursework provides an opportunity to connect with working professionals and has greater flexibility with balancing schedules between practice-site and academic responsibilities.
  • Curriculum distributed between PGY1 and PGY2 years with most of the didactic coursework completed during the PGY1 year.

Through this degree program students learn to:

  • Conceptualize, plan, coordinate and evaluate pharmaceutical care in organized health care settings.
  • Employ managerial and financial skills to maintain and improve health system pharmacies.
  • Design pharmacy services that meet the needs of the changing health care system.
  • Convey concepts and ideas clearly and succinctly via verbal or written communication.
  • Relay ideas that are well researched and objectively stated.
  • Collect and interpret data useful to improving health system pharmacy services (data-driven decision making).
  • Establish a vision for health-system pharmacy based on current and historical philosophies of pharmacy practice.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

International graduates of this major are approved by the Department of Homeland Security for three (3) years of work permission in the United States after graduation. Visit the Office of International Affairs website for more information.