Online Master of Science, Health-System Pharmacy Administration

College of Pharmacy

The Ohio State University Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a Specialization in Health-System Pharmacy Administration (MS HSPA) educates and trains pharmacists to conceptualize, plan, coordinate and evaluate pharmaceutical care in organized health care settings. Ohio State is a leader in establishing the tradition of Health-System Pharmacy Administration training across the country. Starting in 1959, this program has had 400+ graduates, many of whom are nationally recognized leaders in pharmacy management. Program graduates include past ASHP presidents, Harvey A.K. Whitney recipients, and more than 50 current directors of pharmacy across the country.

It is not just the long-standing tradition that sets our program apart; it is also the thriving alumni community active in the Latiolais Leadership Program, which bears the motto "Enthusiasm for Excellence.” This group, consisting of past graduates, strives to address contemporary issues and provide effective strategies for improvement in Health-System Pharmacy leadership.

Campus Requirements: 
- Working Professional Track (online): No on-campus requirements
- Pharmacy Resident Track (hybrid in-person/online): Students will be required to attend in-person classes at Ohio State's College of Pharmacy

Credit Hours Required: Working Professional Track: 35.5

Cost Per Credit Hour: $812.07 (includes instructional and general fees). See the full cost breakdown here.

Admissions Requirements: At least three years of experience in health-system pharmacy practice or completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 residency and is currently employed in a health-system position. 

Time to Completion: Most working professional students complete the program in 6 semesters (approximately three years of taking courses each Autumn and Spring term)

Application Deadlines:
- Autumn 2024 Term: May 1
- Spring 2025 Term: Oct. 31, 2024

Program Tracks

Working Professional Track (online)

Applications are considered on a competitive basis. The minimum criteria to receive consideration for admission to the working professional track of the M.S. in Health System Pharmacy Administration program include:

  • At least three years of experience in health system pharmacy practice or have completed an ASHP-accredited PGY-1 residency and currently employed in a health system position.
  • A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) or a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) on graduate studies;
  • Submission of a curriculum vitae (CV), letter of intent and letter of support from supervisor for participation in the program.


Pharmacy Resident Track (Hybrid in-person / online)

Applications are considered on a competitive basis. The minimum criteria to receive consideration for admission to the combined MS in Health System Pharmacy Administration program with a pharmacy residency full-time include:

  • An earned professional degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy;
  • A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale);
  • Eligibility for licensure to practice pharmacy in the State of Ohio. (Detailed description of the requirements for licensure to practice pharmacy in the State of Ohio may be obtained by contacting the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy);
  • Acceptance into an ASHP-accredited residency program.

Sample Courses

PHR 8100

Health System Pharmacy Finance

This course covers selected aspects of financial and managerial accounting as it relates to health systems and pharmacy. Students will be introduced to financial concepts, issues, vocabulary, and tools that are needed by pharmacy leaders in the healthcare industry.
PHR 8130

Advanced Leadership and Management Principles

This course equips students with skills and resources that will enable them to become effective managers and organizational leaders by igniting or fueling students’ passion for leadership development. Using a blend of cases, simulations and interactive guest speakers, this course will delve into concepts of organizational behavior, management dilemmas, diversity, implicit bias, ethical conundrums, and change management.
PHR 8170

Planning, Leading and Managing the Pharmacy Enterprise

This course serves as a capstone class for students to experience the practical role of a chief pharmacy officer or director of the pharmacy enterprise. During this course, students will have an opportunity to become experts in planning, organizing, executing and analyzing the pharmacy enterprise.

Featured Faculty

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Chief Pharmacy Officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Course Director – PHR 8130
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System Ambulatory Pharmacy Manager at Holzer Health System, Course Director – PHR 8190
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Administrator for Pharmacy Services at Wexner Medical Center, Assistant Dean for Medical Center Affairs at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

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