Graduate Programs

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For those interested in applying to the Harrison School of Pharmacy graduate program, follow the appropriate link below for the curricular option of interest:

The Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. At the time students make application for admission they will select one of four curricular options:

  1. Medicinal Chemistry
  2. Pharmaceutics
  3. Pharmacology
  4. Health Outcomes Research and Policy

The Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacology options are designed for students interested in the drug discovery or development processes, and are offered by the Department of Drug Discovery and Development. Most students interested in pursuing these options will identify a potential mentor and be admitted directly into the mentor’s lab.

Areas of interest include neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, cancer, diabetes and other metabolic diseases, synthetic organic chemistry, forensic analytical chemistry, and drug delivery, disposition and formulation.

The Health Outcomes Research and Policy option is designed for students interested in the study of social and behavioral aspects of pharmacy, research to maximize medication-related outcomes, and comparative effectiveness research, and is offered by the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy. Areas of research interest include innovation adoption, comparative effectiveness, healthcare informatics, motivational interviewing, pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety, and socio-behavioral pharmacy.

For students currently enrolled in HSOP's Pharm.D. program, a dual-degree option exists that allows students to concurrently work toward a Ph.D. following the P1 year.

For more information, contact graduate program student services at

Financial Aid

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to students pursuing a graduate degree in pharmaceutical sciences. These assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. Students will complete a Graduate Assistantship Interest Form at the time of application. Students with a qualifying assistantship will automatically receive a full graduate tuition waiver.

Research Infastructure

Auburn University offers a diverse, interdisciplinary environment for pursuing graduate study. Graduate students in the Harrison School of Pharmacy utilize shared research infrastructure in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Auburn University Research Park.

These resources include supercomputing and e-data storage services; confocal, electron, and atomic force microscopes; mass spectrometry; research NMR; clinical and research MRI; DNA sequencing; peptide synthesis; transgenic mice; small animal imaging; and research animal care facilities. Our graduate students pursue collaborative research projects with investigators in virtually every academic unit at Auburn, including agriculture, business, engineering, human sciences, liberal arts, nursing, veterinary medicine, and sciences and mathematics. These studies are supported by approximately $125 million in extramural grants and contracts annually.

Cultural and Lifestyle Opportunities

Auburn University offers a wealth of cultural and entertainment events, including live music, theater, museums, and college sports. Auburn, Ala., home of Auburn University, features a low cost of living, assorted housing options, outstanding public schools, and a wide array of dining and shopping opportunities.

Auburn University graduate students also benefit from close proximity to diverse shopping, dining, cultural, entertainment, and professional sports experiences in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Montgomery. Finally, Auburn University graduate students have easy access to a variety of outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, rock climbing, caving, hunting, fishing, boating, and kayaking.

Last Updated: September 6, 2019