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SIUE School of Pharmacy adds Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences


From Illinois Business Journal news services

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy is introducing a master’s program in pharmaceutical sciences to begin fall 2016. It will be the only school in Illinois and metro St. Louis area to offer the degree.

“We have developed a strong Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) program because of our internationally recognized faculty with their many years of academic and pharmaceutical industry experience, ensuring the overall quality of our department,” said Mike Crider, PhD, chair of the SOP’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. “As a result, our research program has advanced rapidly, receiving several federal grants along with infrastructure additions and improvements.

“Offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences capitalizes on the expertise and infrastructure we have within the SOP in order to provide students with an excellent range of career options. A number of our faculty hold adjunct appointments in the departments of chemistry and biology, and direct master’s thesis research with students from these programs.”

“While pharmacists work to manage patient care with emphasis on therapies using existing drugs, pharmaceutical scientists work to discover and develop new drugs,” said School of Pharmacy Dean Gireesh Gupchup, PhD. “The pharmaceutical sciences not only determine the detailed biological mechanism of disease, but also develop the molecular interventions that can provide the treatment or cure.”

Students of the new program may choose a concentration in the areas of medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics.

“Drug discovery is, by its very nature, a multidisciplinary undertaking,” said Bill Neumann, PhD, graduate program director and associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences. “By studying the pharmaceutical sciences, students concentrate on their chosen discipline in the laboratory, but receive exposure to a number of other important areas in both the classroom and by participation in research.”

According to data gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Department of Labor indicates a continued growth rate for medical scientists of eight percent between the years 2014-2024.

For further information about the master’s in pharmaceutical sciences program at SIUE, contact Neumann at or (618) 650-5088.

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