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School of Pharmacy

3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Degree Program:

General Statement
Graduate Faculty
Course Descriptions

Pharmaceutical Sciences
--Admissions Requirements
--Quality Assurance/ Regulatory Affairs
--Application Deadline
--Admission Requirements



Peter H. Doukas, Dean
3307 North Broad Street (602-00)
Philadelphia, PA 19140

For further information, contact
Dr. Cherng-Ju Kim, Director of Graduate Studies,
215-707-4948 or
Fax 215-707-3678.

Graduate Faculty

Michael R. Borenstein, Associate Professor and Chair, Ph.D., Temple University; Daniel J. Canney, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Temple University; Kadriye Ciftci, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Hacettepe, Ankara, Turkey; Peter H. Doukas, Professor and Dean, Ph.D., Temple University; Reza Fassihi, Professor, Ph.D., Brighton University; Cherng-Ju Kim, Associate Professor, Ph.D., McMaster University; Hanna R. Kowarski, Professor, Ph.D., Hebrew University; Robert B. Raffa, Professor, Ph.D., Temple University; Tully J. Speaker, Professor, Ph.D., University of Connecticut; Salvatore Turco, Professor, Pharm.D., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.

General Statement

The School of Pharmacy offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The programs are designed to prepare students for positions in the pharmaceutical industry and government agencies and for teaching positions in schools of pharmacy. In addition, there is an M.S. program in Quality Assurance/ Regulatory Affairs, which is the first and only program of this kind in the United States.

Anyone who wishes to study Pharmacology can apply to the graduate program residing in the School of Medicine. Pharmacology thesis research will be carried out under the auspices of the Pharmacology Department in the School of Medicine with the supervision of faculty of the School of Pharmacy who have joint appointments in both schools.

Areas of Concentration

Courses in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutics are offered for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Courses leading to the M.S. in Quality Assurance/ Regulatory Affairs are offered.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for qualified students in the form of University fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships.


Admission Requirements

Applicants should hold a B.S. degree in Pharmacy or a B.S. or B.A. in chemistry, biology, or engineering from an accredited college or university. The student must furnish one copy of an official transcript of undergraduate and graduate academic performance (including Temple University) and must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, at least two (2) letters of recommendation should be submitted. The student must submit results from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE), scoring at least in the 50th percentile. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 250 on the computer-based version (CBT) or 600 on the paper-based version.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for students who wish to be considered for Teaching and Research Assistantships is February 1; the deadline for all other students is June 1.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits including six credits of research and the core outlined in the Ph.D. requirements. The results of research must be presented in a thesis. No more than six semester hours of transfer credit can be obtained from other schools, provided the courses of no less than "B" quality were taken within the last eight years. Time limit for completing the degree is three years. There is no residency requirement.

Doctor of Philosophy

Students must complete 40 didactic semester credits beyond the B.S. degree. Graduate students entering the program with an M.S. degree in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, or in Pharmaceutics, must complete a minimum of 16 additional didactic credits. They must complete all core courses in their field not originally taken as part of their M.S. degree. Two consecutive semesters of full-time study are required for residency. In addition, a total of 12 research credits must be taken for all Ph.D. students. They must pass an oral preliminary examination and an examination based on an original research proposal. Once a student has passed both examinations, he or she is elevated to Ph.D. candidacy. During the dissertation stage, students must register for a minimum of one semester hour of dissertation credits each semester until the dissertation is completed. A minimum of six semester hours of dissertation credits after elevation to candidacy must be taken. A dissertation must be defended orally.

Ph.D. Core Courses

Students must complete required courses in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry or in Pharmaceutics as listed below:


Physical Pharmacy or Physical Chemistry 3 s.h.

Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

6 s.h.
Statistics 3 s.h.
Manufacturing and Biotechnology 6 s.h.
  18 s.h.

Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Advanced Organic Chemistry 6 s.h.

Physical Methods in Organic Chemistry

3 s.h.

Spectroscopic Identification

3 s.h.

Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

3 s.h.
Biochemistry 4 s.h.
Mathematical Biology 3 s.h.
  22 s.h.