- Core Courses
Core Courses (required of all grad students) - Total of 13 credits
Biopharmaceutics and Drug Disposition: PK/DM/PG (3 credits)
Pharmaceutical Design, Delivery, and Targeting (PDDT)
a) Physical-Chemical Concepts in PDDT (3 credits)
b) Biological-Molecular Concepts in PDDT (3 credits)
Biostatistics or Statistics course (3 credits)
Pharmaceutical Sciences 838
Seminar in Pharmaceutics (Credits: 1)
This course is required every semester. (Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm)
Please be sure to review the seminar schedule for weekly updates.
- Restricted Electives
Students select 6 credit hours course from following non-PSTP and PSTP courses.
Biochemistry 550 (3 credits)
Cell and Developmental Biology 530 (3 credits)
Human Genetics 541 (3 credits)
Physiology 510 (4 credits)
Chemistry 520 (3 credits)
Chemistry 463 (3 credits)
PSTP required courses (both tracks):
Pharmacology 601 (3 credits)
Medicinal Chemistry 534 (3 credits)
Pharm 604 (1 credit)
Choose one course from Pharmacology 502 (2 credits), or Med Chem 740 (1 credit)
PSTP required courses (Medical School Tracks):
Pharmacology 614 (2 credits)
Choose one course from Pharmacology 612 (2 credits), Pharmacology 615 (2 credits), Pharmacology 616 (2 credits), or Pharmacology 617 (2 credits)
PSTP required courses (Pharmacy Tracks):
Choose one course from Medicinal Chemistry 532 (3 credits), or Medicinal Chemistry 533 (3 credits)
- Elective Courses
Elective Courses (11 credits required)
At least 6 credits must be chosen from courses outside the PharmSci department.
Students are also expected to present a minimum of two seminars to the faculty and students prior to graduation. The first seminar should be given soon after advancing to Candidacy. The second seminar should be given within one year of the dissertation defense. Additional seminar presentations are encouraged but not required.
- Research Rotation
During their first fall semester, graduate students are advised to visit each faculty member in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department to discuss possibly research rotations. Students will then take 3 research rotation during the winter term (January-March). The duration, scheduling and learning objectives of each research rotation will be decided upon by the student and advisor
- Advancement to Candidacy
PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION AND ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY
Preliminary committees should have at least three regular members of the Graduate Faculty, including at least two members of the Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty (with the student’s research advisor serving as Chair). While the presence of an outside member is desirable, it is not required.
Preliminary examinations, which consist of a written research proposal and oral presentation, should take place by the end of the second academic year of study. The proposal should contain the specific aims or goals of the research project, appropriate background information to support these objectives, and future studies in sufficient detail to convince the committee that the student is ready to pursue his/her research project. The research proposal should be distributed to committee members at least 7 days prior to the oral presentation.
Presentation of a student’s experimental data is discouraged at the preliminary examination. The primary objective is to evaluate whether or not the student can critically think and present a well-developed research proposal. The student’s experimental data should be presented at a subsequent time during the “Research Update Meetings”.
The “Course Work Requirement” form should be completed and distributed to all members of the preliminary committee prior to examination. This form should also be given to Patrina Hardy (2002 Pharmacy) who will submit your information online for your “Recommendation for Candidacy”.
Students will have two chances to pass the preliminary examination.
RESEARCH UPDATE MEETINGS
Research updates, which include an oral presentation and a written report and/or copy of presentation materials, will be held after the preliminary examination on a yearly basis. This is the time at which the student is evaluated with respect to his/her progress toward completing the research project and dissertation. Research update meetings should include the Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty members and an outside member who can serve on the Dissertation Committee.* The written report and/or copy of presentation materials should be distributed to committee members at least 7 days prior to the oral presentation.
A written evaluation (less than one page) will be provided to the student by his/her research committee, and a copy placed in the departmental file, within one week of the research update meeting. The written evaluation will also indicate the following consensus opinion of the committee: Pass, Pass w/Conditions, No Pass.
- Academic Standing and Discipline for Graduate Students
A student whose cumulative GPA falls below a B (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) in a given term or half term will be placed on academic probation for the following term or half term of enrollment. During the probationary term, the student will not be awarded a graduate degree or certificate and cannot transfer credit to a Rackham master’s program, be advanced to candidacy, or be allowed to change his or her program (i.e., dual degree, degree level, etc.). Upon the recommendation of the graduate chair, and with the consent of the Graduate School, a student may be given an opportunity to correct the scholastic and/or academic deficiency. Graduate programs may also require students to achieve minimum grades in the overall program of study and/or in particular courses.
In this regard, the Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty has adopted the following policy:
- When a student’s overall GPA falls below 3.00, the student is no longer in good standing and will be placed on academic probation. The student will then have one semester to make up the deficiency and will be eligible for financial support.
- If a student’s overall GPA falls below 3.00 for a second time, the student will be asked to leave the program.
- If a student’s semester GPA falls below 3.00, the student’s overall academic performance will be reviewed by the faculty and he/she may be placed on academic probation.
- Any student who is not making satisfactory progress in his/her coursework, or who has failed to demonstrate satisfactory progress in his/her research, may be asked to leave the program.
- Financial support is a privilege and will be determined for each student, regardless of performance, on a case by case basis.
- Other Academic Requirements
Medicinal Chemistry 660: Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship in Pharmaceutical Sciences (RCRS)
This course is REQUIRED for the ALL graduate students entering the College of Pharmacy (this includes Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacy) and is designed to satisfy the requirement of many government and national funding agencies for a standard course in the responsible conduct of research and scholarship in the biomedical sciences. The course has also been designed to bring the entire research community of the College of Pharmacy together to foster a better understanding of the contribution of each discipline in the overall bench to bedside efforts of drug discovery and patient care.
Third Year Seminar
Third year students present a public seminar to faculty and other students on their research project, encompassing background, goals, progress to date, and plans for the future.
Annual Dissertation Committee Meetings
A dissertation committee must be formed within 2 months of admission to candidacy. The committee meets annually at the third year seminar and during the fall term of the candidate's fourth and subsequent years. The role of the committee is to monitor progress and help students keep on track for timely completion of their PhD.
The dissertation defense includes a public seminar presentation, normally given during the regularly scheduled Pharmaceutical Sciences seminar program.