One of the oldest and best-regarded pharmacy schools in the country, the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy has a 125-year track record of preparing pharmacists, scientists, and healthcare professionals to make lasting contributions in our profession. Students across all of our academic offerings, from PharmD and graduate degrees to postgraduate and continuing education programs, benefit from the broad resources of Rutgers, a major research university and a powerhouse academic health center.
Professional Degree Program: Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
The PharmD program at Rutgers leads to a doctor of pharmacy degree, the professional degree required to become a newly licensed pharmacist. Combining rigorous academics with intensive professional practice experiences, the six-year curriculum is grounded in the basic and clinical sciences with an emphasis on collaborative, patient-centered care. Students graduate fully prepared for the pharmacy licensure examination and are strongly positioned to pursue any of pharmacy’s exciting professional pathways.
Ours is one of the few 0-6 PharmD programs in the country, allowing students to enroll directly from high school. Students may also transfer into the program from other schools or with other earned degrees. See our admissions catalog here.
Dual-Degree Options for PharmD Students
Innovative dual-degree programs allow our students to begin study toward a second advanced degree while completing the PharmD degree, with most programs potentially accelerating the time to completion of both degrees. Only currently enrolled PharmD students at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy are eligible for admission to our dual-degree options for PharmD students.
PharmD + Doctor of Medicine (MD)
PharmD + Master of Public Health (MPH)
PharmD + Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Graduates of the PharmD/MBA dual-degree program earn a PharmD from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and an MBA from Rutgers Business School (RBS). Qualified students begin work on the MBA while enrolled in our PharmD program, applying in the fourth professional year for admission with advanced standing to RBS.
PharmD + Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Graduate study at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy brings together talented young scholars with world-class faculty mentors, in an exciting, collaborative research community. Our graduate students study under the umbrella of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, a division encompassing eight schools and numerous research centers, institutes, and clinics. Research teams led by our multidisciplinary faculty have access to collaborative partnerships and sophisticated laboratory facilities and resources, here at the pharmacy school and across Rutgers.
Medicinal Chemistry (MS and PhD)
Pharmaceutical Science (MS and PhD)
Toxicology (MS and PhD)
Health Outcomes, Policy and Economics (MS)
Postgraduate Professional Programs
Our postgraduate professional pharmacy programs include both residencies, for pharmacists interested in advanced clinical positions, and fellowships, for pharmacists aspiring to specialized industry careers. These nationally competitive positions are open to candidates holding a PharmD, whether the degree is from Rutgers or another institution.
Postgraduate pharmacy residencies
Postgraduate pharmacy residencies directed by Rutgers are available in hospitals and other healthcare settings, primarily in New Jersey, and are preceptored by clinical faculty of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.
Postgraduate fellowships in industry, including with 20 of the world’s largest pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies, are available through the Rutgers Institute for Pharmaceutical Industry Fellows, the preeminent program of its kind in the country.
More than 1,500 pharmacists and other professionals each year choose Rutgers as their partner for continuing education in pharmacy. Offered throughout the year, our programs connect participants with experts who share unique insights in pharmacy and related fields. The annual Roy A. Bowers Conference, for example, has a 70-year track record of bringing together healthcare providers and payers as well as industry, government, and academic partners to discuss cutting-edge trends and specialized healthcare fields.
Our programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, with the accreditation including special recognition for innovation in teaching and learning methods.