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Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy

Administrative Unit:School of Pharmacy
College/School: School of Pharmacy
Admitting Plans:M.S., Ph.D.
Degrees Offered:M.S., Ph.D.
Minors and Certificates:Ph.D. Minor


The graduate program in Social and Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy (SAS) provides a rigorous background in a range of disciplines critical to preparing the next generation of health services researchers. The program focuses on scientific and humanistic bases for understanding and influencing interactions involving patients, medicines, caregivers, and health care systems. Further, it addresses the need for pharmacists to fulfill roles of clinical practitioner, drug consultant, and drug distribution system manager, where all are aimed at meeting the needs of diverse patients, providers, and agencies that utilize pharmacy services.

The program's interdisciplinary approach integrates knowledge of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals with knowledge from economics, sociology, psychology, management sciences, communications, education, epidemiology, law, industrial engineering, ethics and history.  The objective is to prepare students to carry out independent, theory-based research leading to new knowledge and understanding of drug use, patient and provider communication and behaviors, health outcomes, health care systems, and the pharmacy profession.  For additional information see Faculty Research Interests on the SAS website.

The SAS graduate program has considerable flexibility and can be tailored to the interests of individual students, allowing specialization in diverse areas of emphasis. Facilitating student support is a high priority; division faculty work to ensure that students have sufficient funding support to be successful. Incoming students are provided with computing and technology resources for their learning and research endeavors. Travel funding allows students to present at national meetings. Often students take advantage of dissertation support grants from the Sonderegger Research Center, housed within the division.

The program maintains uniform admission requirements, M.S. and Ph.D. course and credit requirements, and procedures for monitoring student progress and program quality.  The SAS Graduate Student Handbook provides this information in detail. See also the program brochure.


The online application and all supplemental materials (transcripts, three letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, statement of purpose, resume, School of Pharmacy's financial aids statement) must be received by January 1 for consideration for matriculation in the following fall semester. Applications are not reviewed at any other time during the year.

A professional degree in pharmacy is helpful, but not required, for applicants to the social and administrative sciences program. Academic backgrounds in sociology, business, or economics, for example, are well suited for graduate study in SAS. Those with pharmacy-type work experience or a degree in a related field are invited to inquire about the equivalency of their background for admissions purposes.

For more information: Graduate Programs Coordinator, School of Pharmacy, 777 Highland Avenue, Madison WI 53705-2222; 608-262-1200; 608-262-4257; fax 608-262-5345; gradadmissions@pharmacy.wisc.edu; pharmacy.wisc.edu/sas.