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Join the Growing Field of Pharmacogenomics With a Convenient Online Degree

Often, finding the most effective medications for patients requires a frustrating process of trial and error. The emerging field of pharmacogenomics (PGx) is set to change that.

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how an individual’s genome impacts their response to medication. It combines the expertise of a pharmacist with that of a genetic counselor to usher in a new era of medicine.

Earning a degree in this new science promises to open opportunities to exciting new career pathways. At Manchester University, you can earn a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics completely online—letting you maintain your current career while you take courses to advance it.

This innovative online pharmacogenomics degree gives you the flexibility you need as well as the robust curriculum of the school ranked most popular for genome studies by College Factual.


  • 31 total credit hours
  • Years to Completion
  • Tuition: Learn more
  • Fall Session: Aug. 26, 2024
  • Locations: MU Fort Wayne
  • Accreditation: HLC of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools





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Fall Session

Aug. 26, 2024

Learning Environment

Manchester University Fort Wayne


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

Why Choose Manchester University for Pharmacogenomics?

Our on-site Pharmacogenomics Program was the first of its kind in the nation. This online version of the program soon followed so we could offer it to students in any location.

A flexible learning experience

This degree is designed to be completed part-time so you can fit it around a full-time job or other obligations. This makes it the perfect opportunity for professionals who wish to advance their careers by learning the latest scientific advancements in their field.

Expert faculty

Our pharmacogenomics degree is taught by expert faculty who are conducting innovative research in the PGx field and applying their research to real-world problems.

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Small class sizes

Despite being online, we’re dedicated to keeping the cohort for this program small. Student-to-faculty ratios are capped at 24:1, and are typically around 15:1.

Access to state-of-the-art equipment

Just because you’re learning online doesn’t mean you can’t have opportunities for hands-on experience. We offer a one-week intensive laboratory experience that allows you to study on-site, meet fellow students and use advanced, professional-grade genomic lab equipment.

Hear From Faculty and Students of 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 Master’s Degree in Pharmacogenomics?

A Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics is an excellent way to advance your current career. Pharmacists who earn this degree can command higher earnings with their genomics expertise, while genetic counselors can advance due to their ability to help patients navigate their pharmaceutical needs.

Many graduates of our online Pharmacogenomics Program also launch new careers as medical science liaisons or other roles in companies researching PGx applications.

A pharmacogenomics degree also prepares you to pursue a Ph.D. or an advanced professional degree.

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

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 majors

Pharmacogenomics is a new field that’s expected to grow rapidly. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has found that genetic counselor jobs are expected to grow by 16 percent by 2032, much faster than average.

How much do pharmacogenomics graduates make?

The specialized expertise of pharmacogenomics graduates puts them in a position to negotiate for higher earnings in their careers.

The BLS reports that genetic counselors make an average of $89,990, while a median pharmacist salary is $128,570. The additional expertise of a pharmacogenomics degree may make you eligible for higher earnings.

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Explore Classes for the Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics

Our pharmacogenomics curriculum is designed to give you a thorough, advanced understanding of this new field. Courses include foundational examinations of pharmacogenomics, pharmacology and genetics, as well as advanced scientific disciplines like bioinformatics, pharmacokinetics, and advanced molecular biology.

You’ll also take courses that help you apply your learnings in your career, including multiple applied pharmacogenomics courses.

All online courses are offered in seven-week sessions. Two sessions make up a semester, and online students typically take a total of six to eight credits a semester.

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. 

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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 minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale is preferred.
  • A minimum science GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale is preferred.

Application Process

Applications for the online MS in pharmacogenomics are accepted from August 18 to July 15 every year. The graduate 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 graduate students.

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

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