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PHARMACY Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:


Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

36 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

36 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

At least half of degree coursework (19 credits out of 36 total credits) must be completed in courses numbered 700 or higher.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 3 credits of graduate or Pharm.D. coursework from other institutions (so long as the credits are earned post-baccalaureate) toward the M.S. in pharmacy. The coursework should be presented to program administrators in the first semester of enrollment for evaluation. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No coursework taken as a UW–Madison undergraduate may be used to fulfill course requirements in the M.S. degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

No coursework taken as a UW–Madison University Special student may be used to fulfill course requirements in the M.S. degree.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits (fall and spring); 12 credits summer

Program-Specific Courses Required

Completion of a set of core courses is required. A Health System Pharmacy seminar is required each semester. Other required courses include Human Resources Management, Health System Pharmacy Data Analysis and Informatics, Healthcare Operations Management, Managing Technological and Organizational Change, Assessment of Medical Technologies, Advanced Health-System Pharmacy Administration, and Advanced Independent Study (Research). Contact the graduate programs coordinator for the current curriculum or consult the program website.

Further, pharmacy residency requirements are presented at this link.

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement

3.00 GPA required.

Other Grade Requirements

Candidates will be dropped from the program if they receive more than 7 credits of grades at the BC level or lower. This applies to formal courses, seminars, and research credits.

Probation Policy

The status of a student can be one of three options:

1. Good standing (progressing according to standards; any funding guarantee remains in place).

2. Probation (not progressing according to standards but permitted to enroll; loss of funding guarantee; specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status.

3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program).

The UWHC Department of Pharmacy also has a disciplinary procedure/policy for its residents; contact the graduate programs coordinator or the UWHC Department of Pharmacy for details.

Advisor / Committee

Students/residents are regularly reviewed by the UWHC director of pharmacy and the program’s other preceptors.

Assessments and Examinations

A master’s research project is required. Contact the School of Pharmacy graduate programs coordinator or the program for more information.

Time Constraints

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Further, that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.