M.S. in Pharmacy Administration

M.S. in Pharmacy Administration

Students will develop problem-recognition and problem-solving skills in order to facilitate positive change in various pharmacy practice settings. Graduates with the M.S. in Pharmacy Administration will have knowledge and skills needed to advance to managerial and supervisory roles in health-system pharmacy, corporate- independent pharmacy practice, and other areas within the profession. Students may pursue careers or further education in:

  • Hospital pharmacy administration
  • Corporate (chain) pharmacy administration
  • Pharmacy benefits management administration
  • Academic pharmacy administration (Ph.D.)
  • Academia / teaching and research

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Pharmacy Leadership Institute

Program Mission

The mission of the Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration degree program is to prepare students to become lifelong learners and leaders in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, chain and independent pharmacy practice management, consulting, business, non-profit research organizations and government/regulatory agencies.  The program is designed to prepare students to advance into senior leadership roles within organizations by demonstrating mastery of a broad didactic foundation in social and administrative pharmacy gained through advanced coursework and practical experiences.  The program is designed to accommodate working practitioners and be completed within two years.  Students will complete both didactic coursework as well as mentored practical experiences intended to prepare them for successful career advancement.  Key areas of content focus with the program include operations, finance, supply chain, human resources, strategy, and organizational behavior.  The program flexibility provides for students to progress at their own pace while maintaining full-time employment.    

Program Goals And Objectives

To Develop:
  1. An understanding of the theories, principles, and nature of leadership and the qualities that compose an effective pharmacy leader. Each participant will develop a personal definition of leadership.
  2. Advanced knowledge and skills relevant to operational assessment and improvement, including assembling organizational vision, mission, and values; understanding elements of strategic planning; assembling effective teams; conducting effective meetings; problem-solving and decision-making; and change management.
  3. Advanced knowledge and skills relevant to human resources management, including interviewing and hiring; staff morale and motivation; staffing and scheduling; delegation; conducting effective feedback and appraisals; relevant laws and regulations; employee assistance programs; conflict resolution; inclusivity and diversity; and developing a healthy organizational culture.
  4. Self-management skills, including time management; stress management; personal branding and imaging; and emotional intelligence.
  5. Knowledge and skills of pharmacy technology, including developing goals; assessing available technology; and applying technology to achieve established goals.
  6. Basic communication knowledge and skills, including verbal (one-on-one interactions and group presentations); written (emails, reports, policies and procedures, and proposals); listening; and body language.
  7. An understanding of integrated healthcare systems, including management/leadership of those systems; and identifying, analyzing, and evaluating healthcare trends, population health trends, and public policy.
  8. Knowledge and skills to lead and manage bosses, peers, and staff members to achieve more efficient and effective performance and outcomes.
  9. Strategies to improve the overall quality of patient care, including clinical program assessment and development; patient education and counseling; and strategies to reduce the potential for medication errors and adverse events.
  10. Knowledge and skills in other traditional areas of pharmacy practice, including procurement and supply chain, marketing; physical plant design and maintenance; financial management; and drug utilization and pharmacoeconomics.

Degree Requirements

M.S. in Pharmacy Administration

Student must complete a total of 33 credits for the degree:
  • 27 Core credits
  • 6 Elective credits

Required Courses


PHA 635

Pharmacy Financial Management


PHA 636

Pharmacy Supply Chain Management


PHA 605

Human Resources Management


PHA 607 

Behavioral Pharmacy



Pharmacy Operations Management


PHA 653

Seminar in Social and Administrative Sciences


PHA 672

Capstone in Pharmacy Administration


PHA 611

Pharmacy Leadership Project I


PHA 612

Pharmacy Leadershp Project II


Required Credits


Elective Credits



LIU Pharmacy
Arash T. Dabestani