A Week in the Life of a Pharmaceutical Sciences Student

First and Second Year (84 hrs/wk)

  • Research (40 hrs/wk)
  • Assistantships (20 hours/wk)
  • Studying (16 hours/wk)
  • Class Time (8 hours/wk)
Pharmacy Rotation
Class Time

During class you will spend time in lectures and graduate seminars covering topics in pharmaceutical science.

Research

You will spend much of your time performing laboratory and literature research to complete your master’s thesis. In the summer following your first year, you will have the chance to participate in a paid summer research program that helps you integrate your pharmaceutical science knowledge through hands-on work.

Studying

Study time may consist of reading textbooks, reviewing class notes, and evaluating research findings.

Assistantships

Many of our students work as either teaching or research assistants. If you are a teaching or research assistant, you will spend time grading, proctoring and teaching labs, or completing research.

Class Time

We offer graduate seminars and elective courses to help you build a more advanced knowledge of specific topics in pharmaceutical science.

Research

Research continues in the second year as you work to complete your master’s thesis projects and assistantships.

Studying

You will continue to study for seminars and elective courses in the second year.

Assistantships

Many of our students work as either teaching or research assistants. If you are a teaching or research assistant, you will spend time grading, proctoring and teaching labs, or completing research.

First Year
Class Time

During class you will spend time in lectures and graduate seminars covering topics in pharmaceutical science.

Research

You will spend much of your time performing laboratory and literature research to complete your master’s thesis. In the summer following your first year, you will have the chance to participate in a paid summer research program that helps you integrate your pharmaceutical science knowledge through hands-on work.

Studying

Study time may consist of reading textbooks, reviewing class notes, and evaluating research findings.

Assistantships

Many of our students work as either teaching or research assistants. If you are a teaching or research assistant, you will spend time grading, proctoring and teaching labs, or completing research.

Second Year
Class Time

We offer graduate seminars and elective courses to help you build a more advanced knowledge of specific topics in pharmaceutical science.

Research

Research continues in the second year as you work to complete your master’s thesis projects and assistantships.

Studying

You will continue to study for seminars and elective courses in the second year.

Assistantships

Many of our students work as either teaching or research assistants. If you are a teaching or research assistant, you will spend time grading, proctoring and teaching labs, or completing research.

Non-Academic Time

For long weekends or during spring and winter breaks, you can go home to see your family, ski, or maybe take a trip to Las Vegas. There are many cultural and recreational things to do when you live in Southern California, so our students try to take advantage of them when they can.