School of Pharmacy

The University of Mississippi

Graduate Programs

Graduate programs offered by the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy:

Doctor of Pharmacy

Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphases in environmental toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacognosy, pharmacology, pharmacy administration and industrial pharmacy.

All of these programs offer opportunities to study with nationally and internationally recognized research scientists. The programs prepare students for teaching and research positions in academia, or administrative and research positions in the pharmaceutical, chemical, agrochemical, food and health care industries, as well as government agencies. If a career in one of these areas is what you’re looking for, a graduate degree from the UM School of Pharmacy may be the right prescription for your future.

The University of Mississippi is recognized as a major research institution and is a part of the R-1: Doctoral Universities (Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education) group. Comprehensive in scope yet relatively small in size, both provide excellent opportunities for advanced studies in a supportive and nurturing environment. Our diverse graduate community includes outstanding faculty and students from around the globe, and their cutting-edge research and scholarship reflect tremendous vitality, impact and significance.

Read more about the school and the individual programs

The School of Pharmacy ranks amongst the top 15 colleges of pharmacy in external research funding (as per the 2016 Institutional Rankings published by American Association of College of Pharmacy). Three of the school’s four academic departments offer a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences: BioMolecular Sciences (emphases in environmental toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacognosy, pharmacology), Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, and Pharmacy Administration.

Each of these programs offers opportunities to study with nationally and internationally recognized research scientists. Taught in a supportive environment, these programs prepare students for teaching and research positions in academia, or administrative and research positions in the pharmaceutical, chemical, agrochemical, food and health care, and government agencies. Our diverse graduate community includes outstanding faculty and students from around the globe, and their cutting-edge research and scholarship reflect tremendous vitality, impact, and significance.


The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is repeatedly one of the top-funded pharmacy schools in the country. The funds enable faculty and students to conduct internationally competitive health-related research in state-of-the-art laboratories.

Research Environment

Our graduate students have opportunities to conduct research under the guidance of scientists within our Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, which comprises three major nationally and internationally renowned entities: the National Center for Natural Products Research, the Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management, the Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology and the nascent Center for Clinical and Translational Science. 

Financial Support

The largest source of funding for graduate students is teaching or research assistantships offered by the pharmacy school’s academic departments and its research institute and centers. Recipients are also awarded tuition and nonresident fee scholarships. In addition, UM’s Graduate School offers dissertation fellowships and summer research assistantships, as well as fellowships to supplement departmental assistantships.

Health Insurance

Recipients of graduate assistantships must have health insurance. Unless a student presents evidence of prior insurance, he or she is automatically enrolled in a university-endorsed group insurance program, and the Graduate School subsidizes half of the premiums for most graduate assistants.

“America’s Oxford”

Oxford, Mississippi is a safe, clean, charming town of about 19,000. It has been listed in The Best 100 Small Towns in America and has been described as a “thriving New South arts mecca” and one of the top six college towns in the nation by USA Today.

Areas of Emphasis

Environmental Toxicology

Environmental toxicology is the multidisciplinary study of various chemical, biological, and physical agents on living organisms. Through research and coursework, students study the effects of environmental contaminants and stressors on the environment, wildlife, and human health, and come to understand the basic and applied research needed to set environmental policy and regulations. The program contributes scientific information that allows economic growth in a climate of high-quality, cost-effective health services and ecologically meaningful environmental stewardship. Research interests of the faculty include quantifying environmental contaminants and assessing their impact on environmental and human health.

Coordinator: Kristine Willett, Ph.D.
Telephone: 662-915-6691

Environmental Toxicology application deadlines:
Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1

Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry applies chemical and biological principles to the study of compounds capable of exerting specific effects on biological systems. Medicinal chemists design, synthesize and characterize compounds for managing or treating disease states. Knowledge of both chemical and biological sciences, as well as biophysical principles, are required to rationally design and discover novel therapeutic agents, and to understand and predict the properties that provide substances with drug-like attributes. Areas of current faculty interest include antimicrobial and anticancer chemotherapy, cardiovascular drugs, CNS-active agents, drugs affecting the endocrine system, toxicological aspects of drug or drug-like molecules in biological systems, computer remodeling, and simulation.

Coordinator: John M. Rimoldi, Ph.D.
Telephone: 662-915-5119

Medicinal Chemistry application deadlines:
Fall: January 15
Spring: October 1


Pharmaceutics is the art and science of delivering the right amount of therapeutic agents to the right places at the right times. Faculty conduct research to identify problems related to drug delivery (e.g., biological barriers, physical and chemical characteristics of molecules) and develop solutions to overcome them. Students come to understand the bio-pharmaceutical principles of drug delivery through coursework and research that expose them to all facets of product research and development, including a variety of cutting-edge technologies. In addition to pre-formulation, formulation, and novel drug-delivery systems, areas of current faculty interest include product R&D, drug metabolism, drug dependence and tolerance, pharmacodynamics, solid-state characterization, and molecular modeling of physical processes.

Coordinator: Michael A. Repka, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Telephone: 662-915-1155

Pharmaceutics application deadlines:
Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1


Pharmacognosy is the study of bioactive natural products found in plants, microbes and animals, from which nearly half of all therapeutic agents have come or were derived. While addressing such challenges as the impact of natural products on humans and the environment, faculty and students conduct research leading to new methods for analyzing drugs, toxins and herbal preparations; new therapeutic agents, pest controls and herbal medicines; and increased understanding of the pharmacology, ecology and biochemistry of molecules produced by nature. Faculty interests include the search for new antimicrobial and anti-cancer drugs, CNS-active agents, molecular probes for studying drug-receptor interactions, polyphenols from fruits, semisynthetic modifications of natural products, and ecological relations of marine organisms.

Coordinator: Marc Slattery, Ph.D.
Telephone: 662-915-1053

Pharmacognosy application deadlines
Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1


Pharmacology is the study of chemical agents of therapeutic value. Through coursework and basic and applied research, students come to understand the underlying causes of various diseases, the mechanisms of action of substances used to manage or treat them, and potential adverse effects of drugs. With a goal of preserving and protecting health and the environment, areas of current faculty interest include research on the effects of drugs on cardiovascular disease, nervous system disorders, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

Coordinator: Ziaeddin Shariat-Madar, Ph.D.
Telephone: 662-915-5150

Pharmacology application deadline:
Fall: February 1

Pharmacy Administration

The pharmacy administration faculty includes experts in the fields of pharmaceutical marketing and management, socio-behavioral sciences, and health outcomes research. Some areas of inquiry include the marketing and economics of pharmaceuticals, patient and provider behaviors in the health care system, the evolving role of pharmacists in delivering quality health care, pharmacy management strategies, health-related quality of life, and outcomes associated with the use of pharmaceuticals. The unifying goal of these topics is to find solutions aimed at improving the use of pharmaceuticals and patient outcomes in a cost-effective manner. Graduates of the program often pursue careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, managed care, and government agencies.

Coordinator: Yi Yang, Ph.D.
Telephone: 662-915-1062

Pharmacy Administration application deadline:
Fall: February 1

Industrial Pharmacy

The M.S. in pharmaceutical sciences with emphasis in Industrial Pharmacy is a non-thesis track program designed to provide fundamental and applied knowledge of industrial pharmacy to prepare B.S. level chemical engineers and scientists (pharmacy, biology and chemistry) for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. All students enrolled in the program will take a core set of courses in the first year. Students will select one of two specialty tracks for year two. The first track is a specialty in regulatory sciences. These students will obtain the knowledge and skills required to pursue a position in regulatory affairs or quality assurance. The second track is a specialty in product development and manufacturing. These students will obtain the knowledge and skills required to pursue a position in formulation development, process development, manufacturing or quality control.  In the second year, students will take electives based on their area of specialty.  All students will take a Special Projects course where they will be assigned small projects with short timelines to prepare them for industry.

Coordinator: Eman Ashour, Ph.D.
Telephone: 662-915-1587

Industrial Pharmacy application deadline:
Fall: April 1

Graduate Program Factsheet (PDF)


You must apply for admission to these graduate programs through the UM Graduate School.

First, go to the Graduate School’s website, which provides tools to assist you in every stage of the application process, from deciding which program to pursue, applying to the university, application deadlines, program requirements, and more.

Also visit the website of the emphasis area to which you are applying, as it will provide detailed information about pursuing a graduate degree in that area, as well as contact information for individuals who can answer questions you may have.

Contact information for graduate programs:

Program Graduate Program Coordinator Application Deadlines
Environmental Toxicology Dr. Kristine L. Willett
Phone: 662-915-6691
Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1
Medicinal Chemistry Dr. John M. Rimoldi
Phone: 662-915-5119
Fall: January 15
Spring: October 1
Pharmaceutics Dr. Michael A. Repka
Phone: 662-915-1155
Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Pharmacognosy Dr. Marc Slattery
Phone: 662-915-1053
Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1
Pharmacology Dr. Ziaeddin Shariat-Madar
Phone: 662-915-5150
Fall: February 1
Spring: N/A
Pharmacy Administration Dr. Yi Yang
Phone: 662-915-1062
Fall: January 15
Spring: N/A
Industrial Pharmacy Dr. Eman Ashour
Phone: 662-915-1587
Fall: April
Spring: N/A