MS in Clinical and Translational Therapeutics

Translational Pharmacology.

One of a kind pharmacy research training.
The only pharmacy school based program of its kind in the country, our Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Therapeutics provides you with a valuable opportunity to be involved in research and training to combat disease.

The MS in Clinical and Translational Therapeutics will provide PharmD, undergraduate and health care professional students a unique opportunity to train in clinical and translational research.

With 30-credits of practical course offerings, we provide hands-on research training and the experiences necessary for students seeking clinical positions in hospitals, pharmaceutical industry, and regulatory agencies.

The mission of this innovative degree program is to develop a pipeline of future clinical and translational research leaders through cutting edge scientific discoveries focused on therapeutic individualization and optimization to improve patient care.

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MS in Clinical and Translational Therapeutics.

Under the Guidance of Faculty Experts
We offer five innovative concentrations allowing for a highly individualized experience. Multiple therapeutic areas are available with a combination of rotations and a pragmatic focus on research. This unique approach, combined with internationally-renowned faculty, will provide you with an unparalleled opportunity for future leadership and career success. 

  • Clinical Trials
    Clinical trial design and analysis from Phase 1 to 4
  • Pharmacotherapy
    Research to optimize dosing of drugs to improve clinical outcomes in patients
  • Translational Pharmacology
    Simulation and translational in silico modeling
  • Experimental Therapeutics
    Advancing the science of human pharmacology in laboratory
  • Pharmaceutical Outcomes
    Pharmaceutical health services research, pharmacoepidemiology and outcomes research

Career Outlook

There is a critical need for pharmacy and health care professional students to gain advanced training in clinical and translational therapeutics. This has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which has illustrated a critical decline of clinical scientists with training in both patient care and research.

The completion of this MS, combined with the PharmD or other health professional degree, will give you a remarkable advantage when applying for residencies, fellowships or employment in clinical pharmacy or industry.

Our MS builds future clinical and translational leaders. Our alumni have gone on to a diverse array of careers in top ten academic institutions, schools of pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, and regulatory bodies such as the FDA. 

Required Courses

You must satisfactorily complete at least 30 graduate credit hours for the MS degree. Required courses with a grade lower than a B- will not count toward the minimum credits.

CourseCredit Hours
PHM 551: Clinical Research Methods2
PHM 552: Clinical Research Methods 22
PHM 553: Translational Biometry1
PHM 554: Clinical and Translational Therapeutics Seminar1

PHM 535: Clinical and Translational Therapeutics Research Rotation

Students will select one of the following concentration areas to specialize in:
-Experimental Pharmacology
-Clinical Trial Design
-Pharmaceutical Outcomes
-Translational Pharmacology

3 each (15 total)
PHC 615/PHC 616 Research6
Capstone Project:
The final culminating experience includes completion of a research project with approval of the faculty project committee after submission of a written report, presentation of a school-wide seminar and oral defense. Completion of these activities will be the capstone requirement which is assigned as the PHC 615 course for write up of the final research project.

Elective Choices

Total elective courses: 3 credit hours

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Electives

University at Buffalo Electives

Full-time registration is satisfied by ≥ 12 credit hours per semester if you are not supported by an assistantship, or ≥ 9 credit hours/semester if you are supported by an assistantship. Registration for less than these credit hours is permitted after the student has completed his/her departmental preliminary examination. 

You should check with the Graduate School to ensure that your registration complies with university requirements. You should also be aware that different student loan programs, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and health insurance carriers can impose different rules for full-time student registration. 

Course offerings vary each year. Refer to the Class Schedules.


Our highly-focused MS in Clinical and Translational Therapeutics has been specifically designed to be completed in one year for PharmD, health professional and undergraduate students. 

PHM551: Clinical Research Methods 1 (2CR)
PHM535: Research Rotation 1 (3 CR)
PHM535: Research Rotation 2 (3CR)

PHM553: Biometry (1CR)
PHM552: Clinical Research Methods 2 (2CR)
PHM535: Research Rotation 3 (3CR)
PHM535: Research Rotation 4 (3CR)
PHM554: Seminar (1CR)

PHM535: Research Rotation 5 (3CR)
PHC616: Capstone Research Project and School wide Defense of Research (6CR)
(Completion of additional 3 CR electives anytime)

PharmD/MS Students electing to complete P4 elective research rotations (PHM849: Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Rotations - 6CR) focused on their capstone research project will also have the unique opportunity to earn also a Microcredential in the Clinical Research Program.

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