Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy (MS)

School of Pharmacy

Location: Boston, Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring

Advance your knowledge and training in pharmaceutical economics and policy and pharmacy administration.

Academic Excellence with a Deep Industry Focus

This strategic STEM-designated program focuses on pharmaceutical economics and policy, global drug policy, pharmacoeconomics, outcomes research, health epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, and pharmacy management. Designed to fit your life, it gives you the choice to study in-person at our Boston campus or online and to begin your studies in the fall or spring semester. The Boston-based program offers both a thesis and a non-thesis option. The online program is an asynchronous non-thesis course of study and is intended primarily for part-time students.

Your Learning Experience

The program is designed to be completed in two years, whether you study at the Boston campus or online. This program is STEM-designated, qualifying international students for an additional two years of OPT work in the United States.

First-Year Experience

  • study comparative pharmaceutical healthcare systems and regression analysis
  • learn about health epidemiology and quantitative methods in PEP
  • begin a graduate seminar in pharmaceutical economics and policy

Second-Year Experience

  • pursue recommended electives in a variety of subjects, including law, health policy, pharmaceutical economics, and statistics
  • explore market-access pricing and reimbursement
  • complete a capstone in data analysis and presentation capabilities

Online program

The requirements for the online program are identical to those for the in-person program except in the following areas:

  • Enroll in just two courses per term if you need to fit the program around a heavy work and family schedule.
  • Take courses during the summer term so you will be able to complete the program in two calendar years.
  • An additional three-credit elective serves as a substitute for the three credits given for the thesis or the seminar requirement in the non-thesis option.

*Domestic students and international students not residing in the U.S. are eligible for the online program.

A Global Hub for Healthcare Innovation

Hear why the Boston campus of MCPHS is one of the best places in the world to study pharmaceutical sciences.
Longwood Medical Area

A Strategic Base for Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

Work at the frontier of drug analysis, regulation, and safety.

MCPHS: A healthcare think tank

Learning health sciences at a university dedicated to the advancement of healthcare means that you are surrounded by peers who share your commitment to making a healthier world.

MCPHS experience

$85k average salary

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Students Publish with Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor

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Other MCPHS Programs in Regulatory Affairs and PEP

We offer these additional opportunities for graduate study at the master’s, doctoral, and certificate levels for students interested in drug development and regulation as well as pharmaceutical economics and policy.

Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy

Choose full- or part-time study or whether to start in the fall, spring, or summer semester. The program takes place both on the MCPHS Boston campus and online.

Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs

Start in the fall, spring, or summer semester. The program takes place both on the MCPHS Boston campus and online.

Graduate Certificate in Health Policy

Start in the fall, spring, or summer semester. The program takes place both on the MCPHS Boston campus and online.

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

Start in the fall or spring. The program takes place on the MCPHS Boston campus.

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