Social and Administrative Pharmacy Graduate Program

The widespread use and dependency on drugs and drug products in today's society, coupled with an increased utilization and application of pharmaceutical services, has created a need for individuals who can study the social, psychosocial, political, legal, historic, and economic factors that impinge upon the use, non-use and abuse of drugs.

A number of critical factors shaping the health policies in the United States and around the world emphasize the need for increased research concerning the role of pharmaceuticals and the pharmacy practitioner in new and old systems of health care. In order to accomplish this goal, the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy offers a graduate program in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.

PhD and Master Degree Programs

Study within the Social and Administrative Pharmacy program is tailored carefully to the specific needs and objectives of the student. It is a flexible, interdisciplinary program which utilizes all resources of the University's many outstanding departments in an effort to provide the student with knowledge and experience in areas she/he feels is applicable to the resolution of pharmacy-oriented problems. The wealth of academic resources located at the University of Minnesota, Academic Health Center, and the Twin Cities allows the student to maximize his/her own educational experiences.

Progress Towards Degree

Students in the masters and doctoral programs are expected to maintain at least a B average in the program. Students are expected to maintain adequate progress toward a degree and their self-assessment of progress will be reviewed annually by the student's advisor. In the doctoral program, successful completion of two written preliminary exams is required. One written exam addresses research design and methodological concerns relevant to clinical, practice and policy research that is applicable to the students' specified track. The second written preliminary examination covers foundation and theoretical material specific to the students' specified track.


Graduate students enrolled in other University of Minnesota graduate programs can earn a minor in Social, Administrative, and Clinical Pharmacy. Each PhD minor program must consist of a minimum of 12 semester credits (6 semester credits for M.S.) in program courses and include a written exam. The minor is created through consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Jon Schommer.

Students within the program cannot minor in the track in which they are not enrolled. However, with the support of the advisor, a related field or supporting program could be developed. If a track-based related field or supporting program is accepted, the students' final examination committee must meet the graduate school's requirement that at least one Examination Committee member comes from outside the program.