Building on a tradition of excellence and innovation, the MS in Pharmacy Leadership from the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy is one of the only
programs of its kind in the U.S. and among the first offered online.

This online pharmacy leadership graduate program combines leadership and professional development content in a series of healthcare, business, and management courses. The curriculum provides a customized learning experience to prepare pharmacists for advancement in their careers as leaders and managers in the pharmacy field.

Program Highlights

  • 100% online
  • No campus visits required
  • Program can be completed in 2 years
  • Students can enroll six times a year
  • Asynchronous curriculum available 24 hours a day

What Is Pharmacy Leadership and Why Is It Important?

The Pharmacy Leadership program can be the key to your personal and professional advancement. This program was built for working Pharmacists or PharmD students who desire to advance their business leadership and management skills while also building knowledge of the issues facing the healthcare systems and changes in business operations. In this program, students hone their skills while preparing for career growth and advancement opportunities in roles such as coordinator, supervisor, manager, director, and executive.

With an MS in Pharmacy Leadership, Pharmacists are better equipped to run and optimize their departments, manage staff, and collaborate in a cross-functional team setting. You’ll be responsible for optimizing a pharmacy’s resources, ensuring that medication use systems are safe and effective, and facilitating pharmacists’ direct patient care services.

Why Study Pharmacy Leadership Online?

With an MS in Pharmacy Leadership, individuals advance their leadership and management skills while building knowledge of the issues facing the healthcare system and changes in business operations. In this program, pharmacists prepare for career growth advancement in roles such as supervisor, manager, director, and clinical coordinator.

Students in the programs are working pharmacists or student pharmacists from a variety of practice settings: independent and chain community pharmacies, health-system inpatient, outpatient, and clinical pharmacy, federal pharmacy, managed care, industry, long-term care, and more.

"What I'm most excited about for these students is that the master’s in pharmacy leadership gives them business and management skills. We have courses like accounting for pharmacists and human resource management. So, they learn to hire and develop a team of people, but along the way they also develop leadership skills, team building, strategic planning, advancing change, driving change, and the steps that it takes to do that.

"I get excited when I think about them going out into the world with this degree to drive changes in the practice of pharmacy where they're located, but also nationally through the efforts they make. Those will lead to great improvements in patient care and improvements to our healthcare system for the patients that we serve." 

–Dr. Sobotka, Professor Educator and Director, Pharmacy Leadership

Whether you are a pharmacist or a PharmD student, an MS degree in pharmacy leadership will put you on a trajectory for success.

Learn more about the online Pharmacy Leadership programs from the University of Cincinnati.

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