Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

About the Program

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences will prepare students for a career in the highly interdisciplinary field of pharmaceutical sciences. The field of pharmaceutical science involves the integration of concepts from organic chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and molecular biology for the design, and synthesis of drugs as well as for understanding the mechanism of drug action. As a practitioner in this field you may work on the discovery and development of novel drugs, creating efficient use of existing drugs, and lowering the cost of therapy employing less expensive protocols for manufacturing drugs.

Rowan University’s M.S. in Pharmaceutical Science will provide you with a challenging and innovative learning environment so as to prepare you for further advanced graduate (Ph.D.) or professional (M.D./Pharm.D.) programs or scientific careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The program also provides highly specialized training and improves effective communication skills to make you more competitive in the job market when compared to the graduates of other less focused programs.


Program Code: MS-PHARMASCI / Major Code: G301

  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 31 s.h.
  • Students can opt to do either the thesis or non-thesis track M.S. in Pharmaceutical Science:
    • Thesis Track: The thesis track is for students who desire to perform research as part of their graduate education. Thesis Track students enroll in 25 core s.h. and 6 restricted elective s.h.
    • Non-Thesis Track: Non-thesis Track students enroll in 16 core s.h. and 15 restricted elective s.h. Track II students may enroll either part-time or full-time.

Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 31)
The courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.

Thesis Track Required Courses: 25 s.h.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
CHEM 07592 Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry 3
CHEM 07564
CHEM 07560
Advanced Organic Synthesis

Advanced Biochemistry Lecture (Core II)

CHEM 09592 Pharmaceutical Techniques I 3
CHEM 09593 Pharmaceutical Techniques II 3
CHEM 09594 Pharmaceutical Techniques III 3
CHEM 09596 MS Thesis Research I 3
CHEM 09597 MS Thesis Research II 3
CHEM 09598 MS Thesis Research III 3
CHEM 05550 Advanced Seminar 1

Non-Thesis Track Required Courses: 16 s.h.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
CHEM 07592 Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry 3
CHEM 07564 Advanced Organic Synthesis 3
CHEM 07560 Advanced Biochemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 07590 General Aspects of Pharmacology 3
CHEM 05530 Special Topics in Chemistry 3
CHEM 05550 Advanced Seminar 1

Restricted Electives: Choose 6 s.h. (thesis track) or 15 s.h. (non-thesis track) from the following depending on focus area selected.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
CHEM 07570 Organic Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 07565 Organic Reactions and Mechanisms 3
CHEM 07572 Advanced Organometallic Chemistry 3
CHEM 07568 Medicinal Chemistry 3
CHEM 07590 General Aspects of Pharmacology 3
CHEM 05530 Special Topics in Chemistry 3
CHEM 06400 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 08505 Advanced Biophysical Chemistry 3
CHEM 09522 Advanced Bioanalytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 09510 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHEM 06401 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 3
CHEM 07561 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory 3
CHEM 07557 Chemical Biology 3
CHEM 08510 Advanced Survey of Molecular Modeling Methods 3

Foundation Courses
The following undergraduate courses must be taken at an accredited institution prior to matriculation in the graduate program: 2 semesters of General Chemistry and 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry. In addition, the following undergraduate coursework is recommended prior to admission: Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry.

Admission Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

Below is a list of anticipated start dates for the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Fall 2015 09/01/2015 07/01/2015

Tuition & Costs

$648 tuition + $144.90 in fees = $792.90 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)

Applicants to the thesis track only are eligible for a Graduate Fellowship award and will automatically be considered during the admission process. Fellowship amounts vary but may be available up to the full cost of enrollment. Fellowships will be of two types: Research Fellowships or Teaching Fellowships. For further details please download Funding for Graduate Fellows (pdf).

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