In 2019, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy established two new programs at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) – an MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics and a MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The School of Pharmacy has expanded its graduate program offerings to help meet the continuing education needs of health professionals both locally and nationally. Since Fall 2019, USG has been home to the MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics program (MCST).
The MCST program provides students with the knowledge they need to support patients and the medical cannabis industry, add to existing research, and develop well-informed medical cannabis policy.
The two-year program blends online instruction with face-to-face experiences to prepare graduates to respond to the increasing demand for medical cannabis with an understanding of the basic science and clinical uses of the cannabis plant.
The MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences program prepares graduates for high impact positions across academia, government, and the pharmaceutical industry. It emphasizes both basic and applied sciences related to the fields of drug discovery, drug development, and drug delivery.
The 16-month, full-time program integrates basic and applied pharmaceutical sciences with hands-on laboratory research experience. Completion of a biopharmaceutical research internship and capstone project are hallmarks of the program. Students will work with an assigned faculty advisor to help tailor these experiences to meet their unique career goals. A thesis is not required for this program.