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Learn Pharmacogenomics to Become a Leader in Your Career

Interested in learning the most cutting-edge developments in pharmacy and genomics so you can advance in your career?

Our graduate certificate in pharmacogenomics gives you the tools you need to start applying this new field of knowledge to your work, whether you’re a genetic counselor, a pharmacist or someone else who works in health care . Pharmacogenomics (PGx) is the study of how medications react to an individual’s unique genome. By getting a certificate in it, you can put yourself at the forefront of this new approach to pharmaceutical treatment.

This convenient certificate program is earned entirely online and in just two or three semesters. Flexibility doesn’t mean lower quality, though – our excellence in teaching and strong reputation in genome studies will set you up for success.


  • 13 total credit hours
  • Year to Completion
  • Tuition: Learn more
  • Fall Session: Aug. 26, 2024
  • Locations:100 Percent Online
  • Accreditation: HLC of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools





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Fall Session

Aug. 26, 2024

Learning Environment

100 Percent Online


Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Why Choose Manchester for Pharmacogenomics?

Our Pharmacogenomics Program is among the first in the nation, making us a leader in the field. With this graduate certificate, we make that expertise available to a broader range of students and professionals.

A flexible online program

This certificate is completed 100 percent online. Classes are offered year-round, and you’ll have the flexibility to decide how many classes to take at once.

Our half-semester online structure, in which each class is taught over just seven weeks, means that even if you only take one class at a time, you could complete your certificate in just a year.

A Leading Program

We are the most popular school for genomic studies for a reason. Our expertise is supported by professors who conduct innovative research in the field and who understand how to apply that research to real-world problems.

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The option to earn your MS

All courses taken as part of this certificate can be applied to an MS in Pharmacogenomics at any point in the future. If the subject interests you, you can return to learn more either online or on-site.

Hear From Faculty and Students in our PGx Program

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Manchester University Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics Program

Portrait of Ann Savariar, PGx Instructor

The MU PGx Program was very valuable, both in the classroom and in the lab. My research experience there opened up new doors for me and inspired me to pursue a Ph.D. in pharmacology."

Catherine Demery-Poulos '21,
Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics

What Can You Do With Your Graduate Certificate in Pharmacogenomics?

Getting a certificate in pharmacogenomics is a smart investment in your career. With the additional knowledge this certificate offers, genetic counselors can help patients find their best-fit medications. Pharmacists can use their knowledge of genomics to help patients create medication plans that work for their unique health situations.

Our PGx graduates also frequently find employment as medical science liaisons at some of the most innovative companies researching PGx applications.

Flexible to fit around your personal life and professional life! You can complete this program without ever leaving your home, in as little as one year.

Our pharmacogenomics graduates have an 89 percent success rate of either finding work or pursuing advanced degrees shortly after graduation.

Our pharmacogenomics graduates have an 89 percent success rate of either finding work or pursuing advanced degrees shortly after graduation.

Career outlook for pharmacogenomics students

Pharmacogenomics is a new field that promises rapid growth. Genetic counseling of all kinds is already growing quickly, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting the field will grow by 16 percent by 2031 – three times faster than average.

How much do pharmacogenomics graduates make?

Developing niche expertise in PGx positions you for lucrative new opportunities in your career. Sometimes, simply having a specialized knowledge base can help you negotiate a higher salary.

In addition, the two fields that PGx combines are already lucrative. Pharmacists are among the highest-paid health care professionals, with a median national salary of $132,750, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, genetic counselors earn an average of $89,990.

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Explore Classes for the Pharmacogenomics Graduate Certificate

This 12-credit certificate gives you a strong foundation in all pharmacogenomics principles.

The curriculum starts with three required courses, totaling eight credits, that introduce you to PGx and how to apply it.

You’ll then take a minimum of four credits in electives to study the specific ways you can apply PGx in your career. Continue advancing your expertise in applied PGx or expand your knowledge base with electives like pharmacokinetics or bioinformatics.

Pharmacogenomics Accreditation and Recognition

Manchester University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is the first program of its kind in the nation. 

Get Started on Your Graduate Certificate in Pharmacogenomics

Take the next step toward earning your graduate certificate. We have the resources to help you get started.

Admissions Requirements

General requirements to be considered for the online Pharmacogenomics Program include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a science or science-related field; a master’s degree in a science or science-related field; or a relevant professional degree (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.). This degree must be equivalent to one conferred by a U.S. accredited institution.
  • A preferred minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A preferred minimum science GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

  • International students can find admissions requirements here.

Application Process

Applications for the graduate certificate in pharmacogenomics are accepted from August 18 to July 15 every year.

On August 18, the application becomes available on the Pharmacy Graduate Application Service (PharmGRAD). The application deadline for a spring semester start date is December 15. While the graduate application deadline for a fall semester start date is typically July 1, it is extended to July 15 for online students.

Application materials should be submitted through PharmGRAD. A complete application includes a personal statement, a resume/CV and a report of all institution(s) previously attended. Please request transcripts from all previous institutions be sent directly to PharmGRAD.

Applicants who studied outside the U.S. will be required to order a course-by-course foreign credit evaluation report from World Education Services (WES). This should also be sent directly to PharmGRAD.

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