Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, School of Graduate Studies

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Since 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has been committed to graduating students who are focused on the health professions and dedicated to advancing the cause of patient care.

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Financial Aid
ACPHS offers graduate students a number of different ways to help pay for their education and invest in their future. In addition to tuition scholarships and teaching assistantships, research graduate faculty may also support students from research contracts. Graduate students should consult with their thesis advisors to determine if such funding is available. International students are eligible for all awards unless research funding specifically requires US citizenship. All awards are based on academic merit. More information is available at

Students apply online using either the AHCAS or PharmGrad application, depending on their program of choice. All students should have a minimum of a BA or BS in an appropriate discipline and are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges attended, official GRE scores (general test only; may be required for certain programs), a personal essay, a résumé, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation. International students must also submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores and official WES or ECE evaluations of all non-US transcripts. Deadlines to apply vary by program. Please visit our webpage for more details and links to the application at

Graduate Degree Programs
• MS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
• MS in Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology
• MS in Health Outcomes and Informatics
• MS in Molecular Biosciences
• MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

• Albany, New York (main campus, all programs)
• Colchester, Vermont (satellite campus, MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Student Body
Our graduate student body brings a wide range of experience and skills to the classroom and labs and comes from a variety of math, science, and other health-related backgrounds. We welcome students from around the United States and the world, including India, China, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Jamaica, and Thailand.

Students in research-based programs work directly with faculty research mentors on projects of mutual interest in well-equipped, modern labs and, because of our small size, are able to get the time and attention needed for in-depth experimentation and modeling. Check out the Graduate Faculty Mentors page at

Clinical Affiliates
We offer close to 40 different sites around the country, so students in our clinical programs have a wide range of opportunities for their clinical training. Some of our partners include Albany Medical Center, Duke University Hospital, University of Vermont Medical Center, University of Rochester Medical Center, Northwell Health, St. Peter’s Health Partners, and Yale University Medical Center. Students have also gone to sites in Colorado and California. 

Many students continue their studies in doctoral or medical school programs at universities such as Tufts University, Albany Medical College, University of Iowa, Rutgers University, University of Houston, Nova Southeastern, and the University of Colorado at Denver. Students also find employment at companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb, Regeneron, and Albany Molecular Research Inc.; agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Forensics Division of the New York State Police; and hospitals and labs, including Northeast Health, Southeast Georgia Health Systems, Cleveland Clinic, and Bassett Healthcare Network. 

The health care field is one of the fastest growing in the United States, and today’s students have many different options when considering careers in health care. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is dedicated to graduating students who are focused on the health professions and advancing the cause of patient care. 

Students may find their calling in one of our professional clinical MS degree programs: Clinical Laboratory Sciences or Cytotechnology/Molecular Cytology. Through intensive on-campus course work and off-campus clinical rotations, they will become skilled diagnosticians and indispensable members of a health care team.

Students looking for more traditional graduate degrees may find their potential through a research-based program or an industry experience. Our MS degree programs in Molecular Biosciences, Health Outcomes and Informatics, and Pharmaceutical Sciences allow students to explore many different areas such as epigenetics, infectious diseases, cancer drug research, and patient data analysis. 

All of our programs provide excellent preparation for students who are looking for employment in the health care field after graduation, or those who wish to continue their education in doctoral programs or professional medical school programs.
Detailed information on our programs and admission process may be found at




Time to Degree

Clinical Laboratory Science

Focuses on analysis of patient specimens to diagnose and monitor diseases

2 years; first year course work, second year clinical rotations; capstone project required. Since 2014, we have had a 100% pass rate on the national exam as well as a 100% job placement rate.

Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology

Uses microscopy to detect changes in cellular preparations from all body sites for early diagnosis of cancer, precancerous changes, and infections

18 months; first year and first summer session course work, second summer session and final semester clinical rotations; capstone project required. Since 2014, we have had a 100% pass rate on the national exam as well as a 100% job placement rate.

Health Outcomes and Informatics

Trains students to evaluate economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes of patient health care

2 years; 36 credits total; students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option.

Molecular Biosciences

Trains scientists in the molecular mechanisms of human biology and disease

2 years; 33 credits total; thesis required.

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Educates students in the scientific disciplines for discovery, development, and evaluation of drugs and pharmaceutical products

2 years; 33 credits total; students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option; students may choose to pursue their degree on either the Albany, NY campus or the Colchester, VT campus.


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5 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Clinical Lab Sciences                
Health Outcomes Research                
Molecular Biosciences                
Pharmaceutical Science                


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