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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:Doctoral 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, medications, pharmacists, other caregivers, and health care systems. Further, it evaluates the need for pharmacists to fulfill various roles, such as clinical practitioner, drug consultant, and drug distribution system manager, in order to meet the needs of diverse patients, providers, and organizations 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 overall objective of the program is to prepare students to carry out independent, theory-based research leading to new knowledge and understanding of medication use and safety, patient and provider communication and behaviors, patient 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 their research findings at national meetings. Students often 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. A dual PharmD–M.S. degree program in SAS was recently approved.  The dual degree program is an opportunity for professional pharmacy students to pursue an M.S. degree in SAS while completing requirements for their professional pharmacy degree.  See this link for more information about this dual degree's specifics.


The online application and all supplemental materials (official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, statement of purpose for attending graduate school, resume/CV, 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 SAS graduate program. Academic backgrounds in public health, sociology, engineering, 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, University of Wisconsin-Madison 777 Highland Avenue, Madison WI 53705-2222; 608-262-4257; fax 608-262-5345; gradadmissions@pharmacy.wisc.edu; pharmacy.wisc.edu/sas.