School of Pharmacy
The University of Mississippi

About SOP

Faser HallFounded in 1908, the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is the state’s top rated pharmacy school. Through its education, research and service missions, the school aims to improve the health of our state citizens as well as the nation and the world.

The school is comprised of four academic departments (BioMolecular Sciences, Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, Pharmacy Administration, and Pharmacy Practice). Graduate degrees are offered by three departments. Students of the Pharm.D. program spend their first two years studying at the school’s Oxford campus, and the third and fourth years in coursework and rotations at the school’s campus at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. The Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, or RIPS, is also housed within the School of Pharmacy. RIPS was established to discover and disseminate knowledge of natural drug products, develop and commercialize new products, improve public health and stimulate the economy.

Within RIPS are the National Center for Natural Products Research, National Center for Cannabis Research and EducationPii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology, Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management, and the Center for Clinical and Translation Science. The NCNPR is the nation’s only university research center devoted to improving human health and agricultural productivity through the discovery, development and commercialization of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals derived from plants, marine organisms and other natural products. The NCCRE fosters and conducts scientific research, data analysis, education and training on the health effects of cannabis. The Pii Center is devoted to research related to hot-melt extrusion and other pharmaceutical processing technologies. CPMM advances research, teaching and service in the areas of medication use and health outcomes, management of health care organizations, and the marketing and utilization of cost-saving and appropriate medications in all segments of the health care industry. CCTS was established in 2017 to facilitate clinical research and is based on both the Oxford campus and at UMMC.

Continuing education opportunities are offered through the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development. Live CE programs are available to pharmacists at various locations throughout the state.

Click here to read the History of Pharmacy Education at the University of Mississippi


Dean and RIPS Executive Director Donna Strum, R.Ph, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Outcomes Assessment and Learning Advancement
Alicia S. Bouldin, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Academic Affairs
Kris Harrell, Pharm.D.
Associate Dean
Research and Graduate Programs
Soumyajit Majumdar, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Clinical Affairs
Leigh Ann Ross, Pharm.D.
Associate Dean
Administration and Financial Operations
Barbara Neyses, MBA
Assistant Dean of Student Services – Oxford Vacant
Assistant Dean of Student Services – Jackson Katie S. McClendon, Pharm.D.

Admissions Information

2019 P1 Pharmacy Class
Number 111
Mississippi Residents 86 (77%)
Female 76 (63%)
Racial/Ethnic Minority 25.2%
Average GPA 3.23 – on required pre-pharmacy courses
Average PCAT Score 409.9


2019 Early Entry Class
Number 80
Mississippi Residents 60%
Female 64%
Racial/Ethnic Minority 22.5%
Average GPA 3.90 – weighted
Average Composite ACT 28.5



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