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The SIUE School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy follows a 2+4 model. This means that applicants to our program are admitted to the four-year professional degree program after they have completed at least 2 years of college. These first two years can be completed at SIUE. View the list of pre-pharmacy courses.

The SIUE School of Pharmacy continues to rank above state and national averages AND #1 out of all schools in Illinois and Missouri on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX)!  A complete list of pass rates for all schools of pharmacy can be found here.  View all our Academic Statistics.

Freshmen who enter SIUE directly from high school may be considered for the Conditional Entry Program

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We encourage you to visit SIUE early in your decision making process. Community college and university students are especially encouraged to make individual appointments with the Office of Professional and Student Affairs. Schedule a campus visit, then contact the SIUE School of Pharmacy at (618) 650‑5150 for an individual appointment to discuss the School's admissions process.

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The SIUE School of Pharmacy Office of Professional and Student Affairs (OPSA) is committed to providing accurate and timely information to interested prospective students. If you have questions about the SIUE School of Pharmacy, email us or call (618) 650‑5150. We can answer your questions about all aspects of pharmacy education.

New Program Expands Students’ Academic and Career Options

Graduate student Michael Cusack is building on his background in biochemistry and organic chemistry to hone his skills for the pharmaceutical sciences field. To ensure his education matches what the industry is seeking, Cusack, of Olympia, Wash., chose the new Master of Science in pharmaceutical sciences program in the School of Pharmacy.

“With the program’s size and the positive communication I have had with faculty, I am confident I will get a great education at SIUE,” Cusack said.

Since its founding, the School has recruited internationally recognized faculty to ensure overall quality. The research program, as a result, has advanced rapidly with numerous federal grants, infrastructure additions and improvements. The master’s in pharmaceutical sciences capitalizes on that expertise and infrastructure to offer students an excellent range of career options. SIUE is the only school in Illinois and the metro St. Louis area to offer this degree.

While pharmacists manage patient care with therapies using existing drugs, pharmaceutical scientists work to discover and develop new drugs. The pharmaceutical sciences not only determine the detailed biological mechanism of disease, but also develop the molecular interventions that can provide the treatment or cure.

“By studying the pharmaceutical sciences, students concentrate on their chosen discipline in the laboratory, and receive exposure to a number of other important areas in both the classroom and by participation in research,” said Dr. Bill Neumann, graduate program director and associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences.

Students will have the tools necessary to pursue careers in research engaging in the discovery and development of new drugs, or to pursue doctoral degrees in health sciences, and medical and drug discovery research. Additionally, students will be prepared for other science- and technology-related positions relevant to the pharmaceutical industry.

“On the basis of my prior work with graduate students at other institutions, master’s in pharmaceutical sciences graduates have found highly attractive research positions in the pharmaceutical industry,” said Dr. Mike Crider, chair of the pharmaceutical sciences department. “We expect the same to happen with students in our program.”

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