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Twin Cities Campus

Social and Administrative Pharmacy M.S.

Pharmaceutical Care and Health
College of Pharmacy
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Contact Information
7-155 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-2973; fax: 612-625-9931)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 30 to 32
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Study within the Social and Administrative Pharmacy Program is tailored carefully to the specific needs and objectives of the student. It is a flexible, interdisciplinary program which utilizes all resources of the University's many outstanding departments in an effort to provide the student with knowledge and experience in areas she/he feels are applicable to the resolution of pharmacy-oriented problems.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Although the majority of students in the program are pharmacists, a pharmacy education is not required. A bachelor's degree or its foreign equivalent from a recognized college of pharmacy and a strong scholastic record are desirable. Individuals from other fields such as economics, engineering, computer science, medicine, psychology, sociology, or public health may be admitted if their undergraduate coursework satisfies the prerequisites for graduate coursework.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must complete a supplementary application form in addition to the University application. The supplementary form along with three letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the University's online application. GRE scores are required and a performance level of 580 (158 for November 1, 2011-June 30, 2012) is preferred on the TOEFL for all international applicants whose native language is not English.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 16 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan B: Plan B requires 24 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:Plan B also requires two papers of publishable quality; one paper must include a research component with an analysis of data.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Required Courses (16 credits)
All MS students must complete the following courses for 16 credits and take all courses for an A-F grade. Students are required to complete SAPH 8100 (1 credit) 2 times.
SAPH 5100 - Pro-Seminar (1.0 cr)
SAPH 8100 - Seminar (1.0 cr)
SAPH 8500 - Pharmacy and Its Environment (3.0 cr)
SAPH 8235 - Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy (3.0 cr)
SAPH 8420 - Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmacy Practice (3.0 cr)
STAT 5021 - Statistical Analysis (4.0 cr)
Outside Coursework (6 credits)
Select at least 6 credits outside the major, in consultation with the advisor.
Plan Options
Plan A
Plan A students must take at least 10 master's thesis credits.
SAPH 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
Plan B
Plan B students must take at least 8 additional course credits, selected in consultation with the advisor, to complete the 30-credit minimum.
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SAPH 5100 - Pro-Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History, foundational frameworks, and key research domains for social and administrative pharmacy through examining landmark literature. Students think critically, reflect on important works, and create a cognitive map of the discipline and their own focus for study.
SAPH 8100 - Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Contemporary issues and research problems in sociobehavioral pharmacy, pharmacoeconomics and policy, and clinical research. prereq: Grad SAPh major or instr consent
SAPH 8500 - Pharmacy and Its Environment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Cultural foundations of pharmacy. Development of present state of pharmacy practice. Role of pharmacist as health practitioner in relation to other health practitioners. Identification of factors (health policy, regulation, economics, research and development, promotion) that affect individual responses to drug therapy. prereq: Grad SAPh major or instr consent
SAPH 8235 - Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Economic analysis of pharmaceutical sector of health care systems. Problems of pricing production and distribution of pharmaceuticals. Domestic or international policy issues relevant to price and access of pharmaceuticals. prereq: Grad SAPh major or instr consent
SAPH 8420 - Social and Behavioral Aspects of Pharmacy Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical development of the profession, its growth and development, emphasizing forces of education, professionalization, attitude modification, and changes occurring as a product of legal and organizational forces in society. prereq: Grad SAPh major or instr consent
STAT 5021 - Statistical Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Intensive introduction to statistical methods for graduate students needing statistics as a research technique. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for: : 3011; College algebra or instr consent; Stat course recommended
SAPH 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]