Best Pharmaceutical Colleges: List of Top Schools

A Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree is required to become a licensed pharmacist in the U.S. Applicants to a pharmaceutical program often have two or three years of pre-pharmacy study at the undergraduate level. Most professional pharmaceutical degree programs take four years to complete. Pharmacists dispense medications prescribed by doctors and other health practitioners and can work in hospitals, clinics and retail pharmacies.

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Top Pharmaceutical Programs

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina (UNC) Eshelman School of Pharmacy offers three degrees for those interested in pharmaceutical study. Students in the 4-year Pharm.D. program complete coursework in pharmaceutical therapy, pharmacy law and immunization, and perform ten months of residency work at the end of their study.

Graduates of a pre-pharmacy or similar program may opt for a Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmacy, which is ideal for those who wish to go into pharmaceutical administration careers; the degree does not qualify graduates to become a pharmacist. A Pharm.D. combined with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program is available for students who wish to pursue pharmaceutical research.

U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC's Eshelman School of Pharmacy the 2nd best pharmacy school in 2008.

Contact Information

  • Address: 103 S. Bldg. Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • Phone Number: (919) 962-2211

2. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota (U of M) has the is the only pharmacy school in the state and offers a Pharm.D., as well as five graduate Ph.D. programs in pharmacy. The University of Minnesota was named the 3rd best school for pharmacy by U.S. News & World Report in 2008.

Students at the school's Twin Cities Pharm.D. program take classes in five areas of pharmaceutical study, including pharmaceutical care and health systems, experimental and clinical pharmacology, medical chemistry and pharmaceutics. Future pharmacists interested in higher levels of administration can combine a Pharm.D. with a Master's of Business Administration (MBA).

A Ph.D. program offers degrees concentrating on pharmaceutics, social and administrative pharmacy, experimental and clinical pharmacy, and medicinal chemistry. Those planning a career in pharmaceutical leadership can pursue an M.S. degree in social and administrative pharmacy or experimental and clinical pharmacy.

Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Church St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Phone Number: (612) 625-5000

Good Schools with a Pharmaceutical Program

College/University Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 51,659 100 Church St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-5000
The University of Texas at Austin 50,995 Austin, TX 78712 (512) 471-3434
University of Florida 50,691 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611 (352) 392-3261
University of Washington - Seattle Campus 45,943 1400 N.E. Campus Pkwy., Seattle, WA 98195 (206) 543-2100
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 41,674 Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 764-1817
University of Wisconsin - Madison 41,654 500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706 (608) 262-1234
University of Arizona 38,767 1401 E. University, Tucson, AZ 85721 (520) 621-2211
Rutgers University - New Brunswick 37,366 83 Somerset St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (732) 932-1766
Virginia Commonwealth University 32,172 910 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23284 (804) 828-0100
University of Kansas 29,242 Lawrence, KS 66045 (785) 864-2700
University of Iowa 28,987 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242 (319) 335-3500
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 28,916 103 S. Bldg. Cb 9100, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (919) 962-2211
University of Illinois at Chicago 26,840 601 S. Morgan, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 996-7000
University of Colorado Denver 23,715 Denver, CO 80217 (303) 556-5600
Oregon State University 21,950 Corvallis, OR 97331 (541) 737-0123
University of Mississippi Main Campus 15,932 Oxford, MS 38677 (662) 915-7211
Mercer University 8,072 1400 Coleman Ave., Macon, GA 31207 (478) 301-2700
University of Maryland - Baltimore 6,382 520 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201 (410) 706-3100
University of Nebraska Medical Center 3,237 987815 Nebraska Medical Ctr., Omaha, NE 68198 (402) 559-3937
Medical University of South Carolina 2,513 179 Ashley Ave., Charleston, SC 29425 (843) 792-2300
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