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Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Pharmacogenomics is a fast-growing field that helps medical practitioners prescribe personalized treatment plans to patients based on how they may respond to medications due to their DNA sequence. Pharmacogenomics supports personalized or precision medicine, which explores a patient’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle as a way to craft a treatment plan that will best suit the patient. The goal of this modern approach to medication therapy is to limit adverse effects while optimizing response and beneficial outcomes.

With a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics degree from WNE, you will be ready to make the most of emerging opportunities from basic or industrial research to clinical implementation through a well-rounded program that aligns with your personal career goals.

Why Choose the Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics?

The design of the WNE Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics has purposely integrated all major aspects of this field, from basic genetics to clinical implementation. This results in the program including introductory and advanced medical genetics and pharmacogenomics, pharmacology and pathophysiology, genetic data analysis and laboratory techniques, healthcare outcomes and statistical analysis, research design and application, genetic counseling, and clinician or patient interactions at medical sites.

Having such broad experience will provide graduates with insight into how to study genetic variant effects on patient response, implement the advancing knowledge of pharmacogenomics into clinical practice through collaboration with clinicians and patients, and gain financial support for these services based on improved healthcare outcomes data.

What Will You Study?

The 41-credit MS in Pharmacogenomics program can be completed in three full-time semesters (fall, spring, and summer). Through courses in Genetics and Genetic Counseling, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacogenetics, and others, you’ll be well versed to enter the field of precision medicine.

Courses are taught in the state-of-the-art classrooms and labs of the Center for the Science and Pharmacy, and will prepare you for career opportunities in basic research, the pharmaceutical industry, at genetic testing laboratories, or clinical sites. As a WNE graduate, you will also possess the skillsets prized by employers: divergent thinking, communication, teamwork, leadership, and an entrepreneurial mindset—essential to careers in discovery and innovation. 

Top 5 Reasons to Choose MS in Pharmacogenomics

  1. Earn a unique degree in a growing field—We offer the only degree of this type in New England, which prepares graduates for careers that will revolutionize the delivery of healthcare.

  2. A well-rounded education—Our curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for a wide array of careers in the field of Pharmacogenomics, from basic laboratory research to clinical implementation of personalized healthcare.

  3. Hands-on experience—Our program provides multiple opportunities for students to work with state-of-the-art instrumentation and complete a broad range of laboratory techniques through structured and independent guided courses, so they feel comfortable in the laboratory or the clinic, and confident in their skills and abilities.

  4. Exposure to a clinical environment—Students will work directly with clinical pharmacists and other practitioners at healthcare facilities that utilize genetic testing, which will allow for students to develop skills and expertise necessary for careers in medical institutions.

  5. Individualized Attention–WNE is committed to giving our students the opportunity to develop strong relationships with their peers and professors, as well as receive any necessary support along the way.

Admissions Requirements

Applications must be submitted via PharmGrad.org.
Application deadline for fall, 2022: May 1, 2022

Admissions Application Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree: A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a foreign country.
  • Minimum GPA: An undergraduate GPA of 2.70 is preferred. Candidates with a lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Transcripts: Transcripts from all colleges attended must be submitted to PharmGrad. Students already enrolled at WNE must request their WNE transcript be submitted to PharmGrad to complete their application. Foreign applicants must provide a foreign degree evaluation from one of the following approved agencies: WES, FIS, or ECE.
  • Recommendations: A minimum of two evaluator names must be submitted within your PharmGrad application; at least one recommendation must be from a professor.
  • Essay question: How have your past experiences prepared you for our MSPGx program and how would obtaining this degree from WNE help you reach your career goals?
  • A current résumé or CV must be uploaded to the Documents section within PharmGrad.
  • Qualified candidates may be invited to participate in an interview and complete a writing sample.

English-language test scores are required for all applicants who are non-native English speakers who have resided in a country, where English is the primary language, for less than 10 years, UNLESS the applicant has earned or is degree pending (will have earned by anticipated matriculation date) a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree following three or more years of campus-based post-secondary instruction in the United States.

  • Applicants may use any of the following standardized tests to meet our English language requirement:
    • TOEFL—79 IBT
    • IELTS—6.5
    • PTE Academic—58
    • STEP Eiken—2A
    • iTEP—4
    • Duolingo—110 DET
  • List of countries in which English language testing would be waived because it is the primary language:
    • Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom
  • Qualified candidates may be invited to participate in an interview and/or complete a writing sample.

How are Courses Offered?

Pharmacogenomics courses are offered in person. As a student in the MS in Pharmacogenomics program, you will complete as few as three semesters, including one summer, culminating in both an applied and clinical experiences, for a total of 41 credits.

Faculty

You’ll learn from our experienced faculty who are dedicated to your success. They will guide you through coursework and laboratory and clinical research experiences, and help you align your studies with your career aspirations. The personal attention and support you’ll receive is unparalleled. All members of the full-time Pharmacy faculty have doctoral degrees and wide-ranging expertise. You will also learn from a Certified Genetic Counselor and an expert in the field of genetic data analysis. 

Faculty

Housing

Western New England University offers campus housing for students in our graduate programs as space allows.

Graduate Housing