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Pharmacy Administration, Master of Science

30-33 Credits
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Queens Campus


It is an exciting time to pursue a graduate degree in pharmacy administration. Changes in population demographics, increased reliance on pharmaceutical products and services, healthcare policy reforms, changing roles of informed consumers in the treatment process, and cost containment pressures in current economic times are influencing the health care system. These changes present challenges and opportunities for professionals in the area of pharmacy administration.

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Pharmacy Administration is an applied field which adopts and adapts principles and theories from different areas of psychology, medical sociology, marketing, and economics to address the health care problems at both the individual patient and population level. There is a need for researchers who can study the social, psychosocial, political, legal, marketing, and economic factors that influence the appropriate and efficient use of pharmaceuticals and diverse health care services. Individuals with talent and advanced training in regulatory affairs, pharmaceutical marketing, consumer behavior, health care management, pharmacoeconomics, health economics and outcomes research, and pharmacoepidemiology are actively sought by academia and the healthcare industry. Our program goal at St John’s University is to provide individuals the required knowledge and skills in the above mentioned areas.

Our mission is to provide our pharmacy and graduate students with the knowledge and skills they need to advance scholarship that is practice focused, patient-centered, and outcomes-oriented.

The program of Pharmacy Administration, at St John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences produces graduates who:

  • Demonstrate adequate competencies in pharmaceutical marketing, consumer behavior, healthcare finance, pharmaceutical promotion, pharmacoeconomics, and regulatory affairs.
  • Demonstrate research skills in the areas of marketing pharmaceutical marketing, consumer behavior, healthcare finance, pharmaceutical promotion, pharmacoeconomics, and regulatory affairs through peer reviewed publications and presentations.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities internally and externally.
  • Are qualified to work in different areas of pharmaceutical industry, academia, government organizations, and other healthcare organizations.
  • Able to compete successfully for admission into Ph.D. programs in other prestigious universities across the country.

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Pharmacy Administration and Public Health faculty.

Dr. Wenchen Wu, R.Ph., MBA, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacy Administration
Chair, Department of Pharmacy Administration and Public Health
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

St. Albert Hall, Room 167
Tel: 718-990-6640
[email protected]

Mon. - Thurs., 8:30 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.
Fri., 8:30 a.m. –  3 p.m.


Students are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and provide two letters of recommendation.  International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Program Requirements

An overall 3.0 grade point average or better and above average grades in the sciences are required. Other requirements depend on the particular program chosen by the student.

Two options are offered the Master of Science degree in Pharmacy Administration (with focus on Pharmaceutical Marketing)

Thesis Option (Plan A)
Requires 24 semester hours of course work (exclusive of prerequisites) and a thesis project for which a minimum of six semester hours of credit are required. Students that are accepted under the thesis option are permitted to take more than 24 semester hours of course work subject to approval of their mentor. The thesis option trains students in conducting original research in any one of the areas of pharmacy administration and write manuscripts for publication by graduation. (This option is not available for Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance)

Non-thesis Option (Plan B)
Requires additional course work in lieu of the thesis (a total of 33 semester hours of course work, exclusive of prerequisites).  Students are typically required to complete the degree program option (thesis or non-thesis) for which they have been accepted (This option is for students in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance and for students in Pharmaceutical Marketing).

Degree Requirements

Residency*One Year
Time Limit on CreditFive Years
Minimum Credit in Semester Hours: Thesis Option30 (24 Course work; 6 Thesis Research)
Minimum Credit in Semester Hours: Non-Thesis Option33 (Course work)
Comprehensive Examination**Required
Graduate Record ExaminationRequired

* Residency for the Master of Science degree requires completing six credits per semester for two consecutive semesters.
 ** Comprehensive Examination is for Plan B degree option, only.

For other details on the admission requirements see our Admission and Aid.


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