Master of Science in Pharmacy

Master of Science in Pharmacy

Offered by the Graduate School

Other Program Information

The program has an extension program and offsite offering tie-up with the University of San Agustin – Iloilo, Philippines.


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We are a Catholic institution of learning dedicated to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the theoretical and applied fields through quality graduate education that is comprehensive and responsive to the needs of society.

We are committed to the formation of scholars and high-quality professionals who are ethical, competent, compassionate, and committed to the service of their respective professions, the Church, the nation, and the global community.


We envision a Graduate School that stands for excellence and innovation and that is globally recognized for its distinct degree programs and quality research outputs.

Goals and Objectives

The Graduate School commits itself to develop: 

  1. Competent professionals who, inspired by the ideals of St. Antoninus of Florence, promote excellence in the production, advancement, and transmission of specialized knowledge and skills in the sciences, the arts, and community service; 
  2. Scholarly researchers and creative thinkers who, kindled by St. Thomas Aquinas’s ardour for truth, aspire to become fonts of intellectual creativity and, in their quest for quality research, are proficient and critical in assessing and communicating information in various fields that impact the professions, the Church, the nation, and the global community; 
  3. Professional Christian leaders who, touched by St. Dominic de Guzman’s apostolic fire and warmed by Mary’s motherly care, articulate ethics and truth, high level of moral maturity in resolving issues and promoting social justice and compassion for the poor, and care for the environment; 
  4. Globally engaged citizens who, with ardent advocacy for life, promote a deeper understanding of tolerance and justice as well as linguistic, religious, and cultural diversities as a result of the precise evaluation of modern problems and inquiries; 
  5. Committed scholars who, nurtured by the dogmas of Christian faith and values, are dedicated to the pursuit of truth through the promotion of an intellectual culture that values academic rigor and freedom of scientific investigations; and 
  6. Lifelong learners who, empowered by St. Antoninus of Florence’s zeal for learning, are committed to the advancement of a higher culture through a continuous search for intellectual inquiries and new knowledge as well as faithfulness to Catholic intellectual traditions. 
Program Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Pharmacy Program, the graduate will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate updated and in-depth professional and functioning knowledge of a research program and apply them to topics of your choice in the pharmaceutical fields.
  2. Demonstrate skills of critical and creative approaches in the conduct and presentation of documentary requirements of research.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to lead and work independently and collaboratively with others and exercising ethical actions in resolving regulatory and ethical issues.
  4. Demonstrate a high order level of skills in assessing, analyzing, and communicating ideas.
  5. Demonstrate global awareness of pharmaceutical trends and practices.
  6. Demonstrate initiatives and self-direction to advance one’s knowledge and skills in evidence-based research using established sources of advance information in the field.

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Program Curriculum

Pre-Requisite Courses

GS 500 -St. Thomas and Critical Thinking
It is a course on Aristotelian and Symbolic Logic that focuses on the fundamental laws of thought. It provides guiding principles in order to enhance critical and reflective skills that would facilitate correct and responsible judgment and reasoning. It gives an opportunity to be in control of one’s thinking activities. 


GS 501 – Pharmaceutical Research Methods
Introduces the students to the pharmaceutical elements of research including hands-on working knowledge in computers. It focuses on the form and style of thesis writing using the UST template as well as practical approaches in the preparation of a computerized manuscript

Core Courses

Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology
The course prepares the graduate students to have a clear understanding and in-depth consideration of the principles, concepts, and molecular mechanisms to toxicity. The current status of toxicologic principles concerned with public health, drugs, food technology, veterinary medicine, and agriculture will be examined. 


Research Ethics
A study of the guidelines needed for responsible conduct of scientific investigation involving pharmaceutical, biological and natural products to ensure the high ethical standard of research. The focus is on the ethical principles and the promotion of responsible research concerning human and animal subjects which are based on the Nuremberg Code, Helsinki Declaration, Belmont Report, and Animal Welfare Act.

Specialization Courses

Concepts in Clinical Pharmacy
The course deals with the evolution of Clinical Pharmacy as a contemporary practice that expands the role of the pharmacist in direct patient care. 


Clinical Pharmacology
This course will focus on the knowledge of appropriate dispensing, prescribing, and administration of medications in various clinical settings. 


Drug-drug Interactions and Adverse Drug Reactions
The course will focus on relevant, new interpretations, explanations, or information on potential drug/food/herbal supplements and chemical compounds, interactions, and adverse/toxic effects when prescribing two or more drugs for simultaneous use. 


This course will focus on the integration of the pathophysiologic abnormalities of disease states with concepts of drug action and therapy. State-of-the-art pharmacotherapy will be reviewed with pertinent pathophysiology and pharmacology. 


The course deals with the pharmacology, therapeutic use, design, production, and ethical appropriation of immunologic agents, engineered drugs, and biotechnological products aimed at inducing, enhancing, or suppressing an immune response. 


Sterile Preparations and Parenteral Admixtures
The course deals with the therapeutics of clinical conditions requiring parenterally administered drug products and sterile preparations. The course includes the determination of important pharmacokinetic parameters in parenteral therapy, indications for parenteral administration of drugs, institutional and regulatory requirements for quality assurance of injectable and other sterile products as compounded or manufactured. 


Clinical Pharmacokinetics
The course deals with the discipline that describes the time-course of the movement of a drug into, around, and out of the body. It deals with the relationship of the movement of the drug throughout the body, the processes affecting it, and the synthesis of this information to influence clinical decisions. 


Biological Products and Specialties
A study of the chemical, physical and biochemical properties of hormones, vitamins, and other nutritional products relevant to pharmaceutical practice. Consideration of the pharmaceutical aspects of the biological preparation in current clinical use, including the production of bacterial and virus vaccines, toxoids, and analogous products (such as allergenic extracts), serum, plasma, and other blood derivatives for human or veterinary use, other than in vitro and in vivo diagnostic substances. 


Advanced Pharmaceutical Medicinal Chemistry of Natural Products 
The course deals with chemical characterization of naturally occurring medicinal compounds, structuralism, properties, synthesis, reactions, and the correlation between the chemical structure of bioactive constituents and biological activity and its clinical application, and current therapeutic agents. 


Modern Techniques in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
The course deals with the principles underlying modern analytical techniques specifically spectrophotometric, chromatographic, electrometric techniques, and other special methods of pharmaceutical analysis. 


Advanced Phytochemistry
The course deals with the development of microscopic and macroscopic diagnostic features, chromatographic and chemo-profiling studies of natural sources. It also includes pharmacological studies to ascertain the efficacy of herbal extracts/formulations as per their ethnopharmacological claims. Acute, sub-acute, and chronic toxicity studies to ascertain the safety of herbal extracts/formulations. Considerations in herbal formulations and development will also be discussed. 


Advanced Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy
The course deals with a comprehensive view of the taxonomic organization of medicinal plants, ethnopharmacological actions and therapeutic applications of herbal products, molecular definition of modes of actions of phytocomplexes, and the contribution of herbal medicines to the rational basis for modern therapy. 


Advanced Biochemistry (Biomolecules)
The course covers in detail the molecular basis of life, which includes the chemistry of biomolecules, structure-function relationship, transformation of matter and energy, storage of genetic information, accession, and manipulation. 


Isolation of Natural Products and Structural Analysis
The course deals with the general methods of extraction, bioassay-guided fractionation, purification, and structure determination of natural products (plants, animals, microorganisms) for pharmaceutical use and for other purposes. Principles of various analytical techniques and methodologies in drug research and development such as microplate UV-VIS, IR, HPLC, GC-MS, LC-MS, and NMR are applied in studying organic molecules of interest. 


Advanced Pharmaceutical Care Practice
A course which forms a framework with reference to comprehensive pharmaceutical care as a patient-centered practice and the key-roles pharmacists assume in relationship to patient-centered care. This course includes topics which explain both the organizational and social context in which pharmacy is practiced, implementation and development of pharmaceutical care plan, and basic fiscal aspects of pharmacy practice. As part of the course requirement, actual patient chart review, and interpretation to a specific hospital ward is essential for the development of a pharmaceutical care plan. 


Effective Pharmacy Management
A course focused on the many aspects of effective pharmacy management in various settings. This will include practical application of principles, techniques, technology, and standards of practice relevant to pharmacy operation. It traces the flow of how pharmacy interfaces with the total health system operation. 


Social, Behavioral, and Ethical Problems in the Practice of Pharmacy
The course is focused on the current national and international pharmaceutical problems encountered by health professionals in their field of work. It will also involve discussions and the rationale, prevention, management, and solutions of the problems from the legal or regulatory and ethical aspects. 


Regulatory Affairs
This course focuses on the practical applications of government regulations and strategies with special emphasis on the management of the registration process of pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, medical devices, and feed products. 


Critical Analysis of Pharmaceutical Marketing 
Critical Analysis of Pharmaceutical Marketing is a course designed to acquaint students with critical aspects of drug development, marketing, utilization, and evaluative science. The goal of the course is to improve prescribing practices and the outcomes of drug therapy by educating health professionals at all levels of training about the drug development and approval process; making health professionals aware of pharmaceutical industry marketing practices and assisting them in developing the knowledge and skills to evaluate these marketing techniques, and providing examples and strategies for evaluating existing sources of drug information, and far accessing unbiased sources of information about drugs. A case study critical analysis of outcomes of drug therapy is a requirement of this course. 


Advanced Pharmacy Informatics
This course connects data creation and relationship to information, followed by the constitution of knowledge and its use in provisional patient care. This course will focus on two aspects such as the Clinical Trials and Pharmacy Informatics. The Clinical Trials aspect introduces the students to clinical trial design and focuses on randomized controlled trials as the primary method of generating therapeutic evidence. 


Statistical Duality Assurance
Statistical quality assurance is a course that ensures confidence and the proper implementation of quality programs according to good manufacturing practices. The desired characteristics of materials, methods, machines, and personnel are consistently and reliably met through mathematical data evaluation of attributes and variables. 


Advanced Pharmaceutical Duality Central
This (nurse deals with the rationale, principles, and methods of controlling the quality of pharmaceutical raw materials and preparations. It focuses on analytical test methods with corresponding instrumentation, statistical quality central far acceptance sampling during the inspection, in-process, and finished product central as integral parts of a valid evaluation process. 


New Product Development and Formulation 
Introduces the students to the different classes of products developed for human and non-human use. It focuses on the practical application of principles, regulations, and methods in the development of new products. It traces the flow of activities from quality central of active pharmaceutical ingredients, pre-formulation, pharmacological studies (non-clinical), production phase, and clinical studies (phase I to post-marketing phase IV).

Special emphasis is on plant products. It presents analysis and assay methods of the active ingredients from compendial monographs and research journals. It deals with bath descriptive research and experimental methods. 

Summary of Program Requirements
Degree Requirements
Prerequisite Courses
Core Courses
Specialization Courses
Cognate Courses
Written Comprehensive Exams
      Thesis Writing I
      Thesis Writing II
      Thesis Writing III