Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Pharmacy/Pharmacogenomics Dual-Degree Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Dual Degree FAQs


What is the purpose of a dual degree?

While dual degrees are common in the pharmacy education landscape, this is the first program to combine the PharmD and an MS in PGx creating a unique and specially trained set of practitioners. 

What is the timeline for the dual degree?

This program will allow students to complete the PharmD degree as well as the MS in PGx degree within the same four year time frame as traditional PharmD students.   

How will students be able to complete both degrees within four years?

Dual degree students will take PGx courses in the summers between their P1 and P2 years and between their P2 and P3 years.  In the P2 spring, P3 fall and spring and P4 fall, dual degree students will take one PGx course per semester. 

As pharmacology and pharmacokinetics are integral to the PharmD curriculum, these two courses (which are required in the MS in PGx degree) will be satisfied by the PharmD curriculum.  Therefore, students must successfully complete the PharmD degree to be awarded the MS in PGx degree. 

See the curriculum below, courses in red are PGx courses and are indicated as on campus or online.  Approximately half of PGx coursework will occur in the online format. 

When do classes for summer semester begin?

Summer semester begins on May 20, 2020 and ends August 11, 2020. Save the date for orientation: May 18-19, 2020. These dates are for the MU pharmacy class of 2023. 

How much will the dual degree cost?

Courses that are taken during the fall or spring semesters are not billed extra.  Courses that are taken during the summer semesters will be billed at the PGx rate of $880/credit hour.  The additional cost for earning the MS as part of the dual degree is approximately $18,000.  For perspective, the non-dual degree MS in PGx tuition costs $29,920.  Dual degree students will be earning the MS degree for approximately 2/3 of what our MS in PGx students pay. 

What will the application process look like?

First-year pharmacy students in the spring semester who are in good academic standing and have not remediated a course will be encouraged to apply. The application will consist of statements on readiness and interest in the program. Students must have a minimum cumulative & science GPA of a 2.7 to be considered for the dual degree program, based on a 4.0 scale. There is no limit to the number of students that may be accepted into the dual degree program. Part of the application process will be the review of applicant’s undergraduate and pharmacy GPA. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to interview applicants. An interview is included in the admissions process.  

What does my admission look like?

All students accepted into the dual degree program will be given conditional admission pending the outcome of the spring semester in which they apply. Students who fail a course or enter into remediation will not be permitted to begin the dual degree program.

What do I need to do to continue in the program?

If dual degree students enter into remediation at any point in the pharmacy curriculum, they will be dismissed from the Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics program. For students who are enrolled in the dual degree program, their main priority is the pharmacy curriculum.

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