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Administrative Unit:School of Pharmacy
College/School: School of Pharmacy
Admitting Plans:M.S.
Degrees Offered:M.S.


The Pharmacy master's program is a two-year, combined pharmacy administrative residency (ASHP Accredited PGY1 and PGY2) and academic degree program, which culminates in a master of science degree, emphasizing health system pharmacy management and leadership. Applicants to the Pharmacy M.S. program must be eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in the State of Wisconsin. The program is designed to provide the resident/student with a solid academic foundation and experience in the administration of exemplary pharmaceutical services across an integrated health system.

The primary objective of the program is to develop health system pharmacy administrators who are trained and prepared to immediately assume administrative leadership positions within large, integrated health care delivery systems at the level of managers and assistant directors, and eventually as directors of pharmacy. These positions include oversight of pharmacy operations, clinical programs, medication safety, new business development, supply chain, and so on. Residents complete patient care and management rotations in the first year of the program, and advanced administrative and elective rotations in the second year (chosen from a variety of settings, as desired by the resident). The curriculum's flexibility allows for specialization in administrative areas that best complement the student's career goals. Resident activities are varied in scope, depending on each individual's background and areas of interest. 

A detailed program overview (including a description of rotations; program strengths; resident competency objectives; projects; presentation and teaching opportunities) is available at this link.


Applicants should submit through the standard Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS). For details on the requirements of this application process, including supplemental information required by PhORCAS, see Residencies, Fellowships and Internships on the UW Health website. Included in these instructions are the procedures one must take to apply to the UW Graduate School.  Applications must be received by January 3 for fall admission; the residency begins July 1 or in the prior week. Applications are not reviewed at any other time during the year. Applicants to the M.S. program must be eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in Wisconsin due to the program's pharmacy residency requirements.

For more information:
1. Steve Rough, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP, Director of Pharmacy, UW Hospital and Clinics Department of Pharmacy; 608-263-1282; srough@uwhealth.org
2. For application questions, Jenny Lendborg, Administrative Supervisor, UW Hospital and Clinics; 608-890-7644; jlendborg@uwhealth.org
3. Graduate Programs Coordinator, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 777 Highland Avenue, Madison WI 53705-2222; 608-262-4257; fax 608-262-5345; gradadmissions@pharmacy.wisc.edu