General Program Information

I am interested in pharmacy research but I do not want to become a pharmacist.  Is this program for me?

You do not need to become a pharmacist to conduct pharmaceutical research.  In addition to enrolling in a Pharm.D. program, graduates have chosen to research, teaching, and other professional level career options.

My ultimate goal is to gain admission to pharmacy school. How does this program help me with that goal?

There are two primary ways by which the MSMHS-COP program can assist you with gaining admission to pharmacy school. First, the courses you will be taking as a student in the MSMHS-COP program are similar in rigor to courses you would be taking as a pharmacy student, thus, doing well in the program can provide evidence for admissions committees that you can do well as a pharmacy student. This can be especially important to those who have lower than desired science GPA's, due primarily to early struggles during their academic careers.

Second, the MSMHS-COP is a research oriented degree program. Mentored one on one by a faculty member, you will conduct pharmacy related research designed to provide an in-depth look at a specific subject. This research experience can prove invaluable during the pharmacy school admissions process as committee's typically look for candidates able to demonstrate an ability to make substantial contributions to the profession.

Historically, what is the rate of acceptance for MSMHS-COP students who choose to apply to the TUC Doctor of Pharmacy program?

Historically, 85% to 95% of MSMHS-COP students who interview for the TUC College of Pharmacy have been accepted.  The acceptance rate for applicants who apply directly to the College of Pharmacy (without having first attended the MSMHS-COP program) averages 55% to 65%. 

I've read that participation in the MSMHS-COP program, with a 3.0 or better GPA, will guarantee me an interview for the TUC Doctor of Pharmacy program. How does that work?

Students who earn and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better are guaranteed an interview for the Doctor of Pharmacy program during the next application cycle, provided they satisfy all Doctor of Pharmacy application requirements, including satisfaction of program pre-requisites and submission of a PharmCAS application for the current cycle.  Dependent upon individual student performance, some students will be encouraged to interview at the start of the Spring semester (between January and the end of March). For some, the interview needs to wait until the end of the Spring semester in order to accumulate a more comprehensive track record. Seats will be held open for these candidates. Students are encouraged to consult with their Program Director and/or Faculty Advisor to determine when they are eligible and should interview. 

If I am accepted, am I required to submit a deposit to reserve my seat in the MSMHS-COP program?

Yes. A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 will be required to reserve a seat in the program. Upon matriculation, this deposit will be applied to the first semester's tuition.

As a student in the MSMHS-COP program, when I interview for the College of Pharmacy, am I guaranteed an acceptance?

No. Acceptance into the College of Pharmacy is not guaranteed, though it is expected that a large percentage of students will be accepted into our pharmacy school or another pharmacy school to which they have applied. Students are encouraged to apply to several different colleges of pharmacy reflecting a broad range of requirements.

Am I required to apply through PharmCAS before I can be considered for this program?

No. Applicants to this program apply through the Pharmacy Graduate Application Service (PharmGRAD).

If I am accepted into the TUC Doctor of Pharmacy program but I do not complete the MSMHS-COP program prior to the point at which I begin pharmacy classes, is it possible to complete the MSMHS-COP program while taking pharmacy classes?

No. The didactic portion (first two years) of the pharmacy curriculum is incredibly challenging. It is important that students are able to focus on doing well in that curriculum.

I noticed that the MSMHS-COP program is research intensive. If I am accepted into the TUC Doctor of Pharmacy program, will I be permitted to continue my research?

Yes. Your initial research project will be completed as part of the program, but it is hoped that you will continue your research as a pharmacy student and, ultimately, as a pharmacist.

What areas of interest are available for research as a MSMHS-COP student?

Faculty members are currently conducting research in a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, Oncology, Neuroscience, Infectious Diseases, and Pharmacogenomics. MSMHS-COP students are able to participate in any research projects currently being conducted by program faculty.

What is the length of the program? Are evening classes available?

The MSMHS-PS program is a full-time, 40 unit Masters level program designed to be completed in one year. Due to the nature of the courses being offered, all coursework is offered during the day only. No evening courses are offered.

When is mandatory orientation? When do classes begin?

MSMHS-PS students will participate in many of the same orientation programs as pharmacy students. Mandatory orientation typically begins during the last week of July or the first week of August, dependent upon the University calendar.  Classes will begin shortly thereafter.  

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

What are the academic prerequisites for this program?

Applicants to the MSMHS-COP program must obtain a Bachelors Degree (or, for foreign educated applicants, the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelors Degree) from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better. Specific prerequisite coursework is not required. Specific details are provided in the admissions requirements section of this website. 

Is there an application deadline?

Deadline information is available here

What is the application process?

Information regarding the application process is available here


What is the accreditation status of the MSMHS-COP program?

Touro University California is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the MSMHS-COP program is encompassed by the University accreditation.

Financial Assistance

Is financial assistance available for this program?

Yes. Financial assistance for accepted students is available up to the budgeted allowance. The actual amount of aid available will vary dependent upon individual need. Students who are applying for financial aid will have their tuition deferred until that aid arrives. In order to finalize registration, these students will be required by the Bursar to obtain documentation from the Financial Aid Office that the application for aid is in process. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

How much is tuition?

Current tuition for this program is approximately $29,000 for the year. 

Who should I contact if I have specific questions regarding financial assistance?

Specific questions regarding financial assistance should be directed to the Financial Aid Office via email ( or via phone (707 638-5280).