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Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation

Capstone Certificate in Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation

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The UW–Madison Capstone Certificate in Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation is designed to prepare recent grads and working professionals for a career in the discovery, development and clinical application of psychoactive drugs as therapeutic agents.


Is this program right for you?

If you’re interested in the development and application of psychedelics or medical cannabis for the treatment of psychiatric illnesses, this program will give you the knowledge and skills to succeed in this exciting growth industry.

This highly interdisciplinary program was made to appeal to students looking for careers in the pharmaceutical, academic, government, nonprofit and healthcare industries. Since this course is delivered entirely online, it is available to local and international students alike.

The ideal candidate has a bachelor’s degree or equivalent credential from an accredited college or university. Students will have the ability to progress into the master’s program if they choose.

Is this program right for you?

If you’re interested in the development and application of psychedelics or medical cannabis for the treatment of psychiatric illnesses, this program will give you the knowledge and skills to succeed in this exciting growth industry.

This highly interdisciplinary program was made to appeal to students looking for careers in the pharmaceutical, academic, government, nonprofit and healthcare industries. Since this course is delivered entirely online, it is available to local and international students alike.

The ideal candidate has a bachelor’s degree or equivalent credential from an accredited college or university. Students will have the ability to progress into the master’s program if they choose.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or be currently enrolled in a PharmD program.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Statement of interest
  • Transcripts
  • Phone interview

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Program highlights

  • Our program combines science and the humanities to offer a holistic curriculum that offers training in multiple substances and sectors.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked #7 best pharmacy school by U.S. News & World Report.

How you'll learn

  • Complete the 12-graduate level credits entirely online and in as few as 2 semesters depending on your preferred pace.

Sample curriculum

Pharmaceutical Sciences Core

  • Current Trends in Drug Discovery and Development
  • Research Ethics: Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research

Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Core

  • Cannabinoids in Science and Society
  • Appropriate Use of Abused Drugs
  • Psychedelic Drugs in Science and Society
  • Legal Structures for Controlled Substances
  • Drug History: Dangerous Drugs and Magic Bullets

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Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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