psychoactive_pharmaceutical_investigation_capstone

With the rapid growth in start-ups and companies focused on psychoactive pharmaceuticals like psychedelics and cannabis, employers are seeking professionals who already have the practical and professional skills needed to succeed in the pharmaceutical industry.

The Capstone Certificate in Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation will give you a competitive edge in your career progression or transition. This certificate program focuses on developing the specific skills and knowledge that are essential for you to hit the ground running and succeed in this exciting area.

The fully online curriculum allows you the flexibility to complete your coursework from anywhere in the world without disrupting your career. The graduate-level certificate is designed as a rapid, nondegree alternative to our Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation. Successful completion of the courses within the capstone certificate can be applied to the master’s degree program, should you choose to pursue a MS in the future.

Admissions

Applications are accepted for terms fall and spring.

Fall Deadline: July 31

Spring Deadline: December 15

Applicants must possess the following:

  • Earned bachelor's degree, PharmD, or equivalent
  • Recommended cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0  (on 4.0 scale). Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required
  • Submit official post-secondary student transcripts
  • Submit a maximum one-page statement of interest: Why are you interested in Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation and what do you aim to get out of the program?
  • Non-native English speakers submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 92 (Internet version) or better

Application Steps

Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) is the admitting office for all University Special students. However, the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division at the School of Pharmacy makes the final admission decision upon review of all applicant materials. 

A complete application includes the following information:

  1. An online application for admission as a University Special student, selecting UNCS Capstone Certificate and the program: Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation. This application is received and processed by ACSSS with final decision held for approval from the School of Pharmacy.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges/ universities attended - Submit the following materials to the graduate student services coordinator for the School of Pharmacy at prograd@pharmacy.wisc.edu 

  3. Brief essay describing your reasons for applying and your career goal

Program Requirements

  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00
    • Students wishing to continue into the Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation named option MS program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00

Required Coursework (12 credits)

Pharmaceutical Sciences Core

PHM SCI 759 Current Trends in Drug Discovery and Development1
PHARMACY 800 Research Ethics: Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research2

Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Core

PHARMACY 674 Cannabinoids in Science and Society2
PHARMACY 640 Appropriate Use of Abused Drugs2
PHARMACY 671 Psychedelic Drugs in Science and Society2
PHARMACY 612 Legal Structures for Controlled Substances1
PHARMACY 563 Drug History: Dangerous Drugs and Magic Bullets2

Minimum Requirements for Capstone Certificate Completion

  • Students must earn a minimum grade of C in each course used to meet Capstone Certificate requirements.
  • Courses in which a student elects the pass/fail or audit option will not count toward completion of Capstone Certificate requirements.
  • All of the Capstone Certificate credits must be earned "in residence" (which includes on campus and distance-delivered courses) at UW-Madison.
  • All of the Capstone Certificate credits must be earned while enrolled in the Capstone Certificate program.

Individual Capstone Certificate programs may have additional requirements for completion, which will be listed above as/if applicable.

Capstone Certificate Specific Policies

Prior Coursework

No graduate work from other institutions is accepted. 

Probation

This program adheres to the following probation policy:

  1. Students are considered to be in “Good Standing” if they earn a C or higher in all program courses.
  2. Students are considered to be in “Probationary Standing” if they earn less than a C in one or more program courses during a semester.  These students will be permitted to enroll, but they will have a specific plan in place that specifies continuation or removal of probationary status based on future course grades.
  3. Students are considered to be in “Unsatisfactory Standing” if they have an overall GPA of less than 2.0 or if they have earned less than a C in 4 or more credits of the program’s courses. These students will not permitted to enroll and will face dismissal from the program.
  1. Demonstrate critical knowledge and in-depth understanding of principles in pharmaceutical sciences and in the student’s area of expertise
  2. Communicate scientific knowledge and research results effectively to a range of audiences
  3. Apply ethical principles in conducting scientific research