Graduate Bulletin

Pharmaceutical Sciences/Pharmaceutics, Ph.D.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15                           [December 15 for international applicants]

All Ph.D. and M.S. applications are evaluated together after the deadline.

Letters of reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic competence and professionals in a supervisory position.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Before entering the program, it is recommended that applicants complete courses (or their equivalent as determined by the School of Pharmacy) in Mathematics, at least through differential equations, and Physical Chemistry.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:


Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree in BIology, Chemistry, Engineering (Chemical or Mechanical), Pharmacy, or Physics is required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: your particular interest in Temple's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. The score should be in the 65th percentile or above.  Recent scores have been in the range of 650-750 or more quantitative and 500-600 or more verbal.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.


A resume is encouraged. 


Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 40

Required Courses:

Survey in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1 s.h.

Pharmaceutical Analysis 3 s.h.

Statistics 3 s.h.

Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences 1-2* s.h.

Pharmacogenomics 2 s.h.

Biochemistry  4 s.h.

Elective courses for Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences can be found on the website:

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Preliminary Examination:

The purpose of the preliminary examination is to demonstrate critical and interpretive knowledge in specialized areas of the discipline. The examination evaluates the student's ability to apply specific research foci to anticipated practical problems in the field. Students who accumulate 40 didactic credits are eligible to take the exam.

The Preliminary exam consists of two sections; 1.  a written section consisting of questions from the student’s Doctoral Advisory Committee (D.A.C.)  and 2.  a)  a second portion that includes the preparation of a research proposal approved by the D.A.C. and  b)  an oral summary of the proposal (30 mins) followed by an oral defense of the proposal. 

Each Advisory Committee question submitter will judge the quality of the student’s answer to their question (based on criteria such as accuracy, thoroughness, and originality) and share the score, and the reasons for it, with other members of the Advisory Committee.  The evaluators look for a breadth and depth of understanding of concepts in the areas being tested; application of that knowledge; and the ability to write technical prose in a manner consistent with scientists in the field.

Students who are preparing to take their preliminary examinations should confirm a time and date with the Director of Graduate Studies and register with the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Graduate Studies.  The student and Director will receive confirmation of the time, date, room, and proctor for the examination.

Dissertation Proposal:

The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed research. The proposal should consist of the following: (a) the context and background surrounding a particular research problem; (b) an exhaustive survey and review of literature related to the problem; and (c) a detailed methodological plan for investigating the problem. The proposal should be completed and approved no more than one year after completing the preliminary exam. Upon approval, a doctoral student is promoted to a Ph.D. candidate and a timeline for completing the investigation and writing process will be established.


The Doctoral Dissertation is an original, theoretical, and/or empirical study that makes a significant contribution to the field. It should expand existing knowledge and demonstrate the student's knowledge of both research methods and a mastery of her/his primary area of interest. Dissertations should be rigorously investigated; uphold the ethics and standards of the field; demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the primary area of interest and the broader field; and be prepared for publication in a professional journal.

The Dissertation Advising Committee is formed to oversee the student's doctoral research and is comprised of at least three Graduate Faculty members. Two members, including the Chair, must be from the School of Pharmacy. Committee compositions must be approved by the departmental graduate committee. The Chair is responsible for overseeing and guiding the student's progress, coordinating the responses of the Committee members, and informing the student of her/his academic progress.

The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense, including the student's ability to express verbally her/his research question, methodological approach, primary findings, and implications. This committee is comprised of the Doctoral Advising Committee and at least one additional Graduate Faculty member from outside the School of Pharmacy. The Outside Examiner should be identified no later than the beginning of the semester in which the student will defend the dissertation. The Committee will vote to pass or fail the dissertation and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation.

If a student needs to change a member of a Committee, the new member must be approved by the departmental graduate committee and by the Graduate School.  The changes must be documented with the Graduate Secretary and the Graduate School (

Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation should confirm a time and date with their Dissertation Advisory Committee and register with the Office of Graduate Studies at least 15 days before the defense is to be scheduled. The Office of Graduate Studies will arrange the time, date, and room and forward to the student the appropriate forms.  After the Graduate Secretary has made the arrangements, the student must send the Graduate School a completed "Announcement of Oral Defense" form at least 10 days before the defense. The Department will post flyers announcing the defense.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Office of Graduate Studies

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Suite 528, School of Pharmacy
3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Department Contacts:


Karen Austin

Office of Graduate Studies

Room 528


Program Coordinator:

Daniel J. Canney, Ph.D.


Graduate Chairperson:

Daniel J. Canney, Ph.D.


Associate Director of Graduate Studies:

Joy Baumgarder, Ph.D.


Department Chairperson:

Robert Raffa, Ph.D.


About the Program

The School of Pharmacy offers graduate program leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The programs are designed to prepare students for positions in the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, and academic positions in schools of pharmacy.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location:

Health Sciences, Fort Washington

Students may take a majority of required and elective courses at the Health Sciences and Fort Washington campuses.  Some courses may be offered on Main campus. Research must be carried out at the Health Sciences campus under the supervision of a faculty member in the department. 

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

The Ph.D program is considered full-time.  A minimum residency of one year is required during which the student must work full-time in a laboratory at the School of Pharmacy under the direction of a faculty member in the department. 

Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

Faculty members specialize and offer substantial coursework in the following areas: controlled release dosage forms, encapsulation, gene and protein delivery systems, pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism, and solid dosage forms.

Job Placement:

The program is primarily intended to provide research scientists for the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, and faculty positions in academia.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are permitted to take up to 9 credits before formal application must be made to the program.


Financing Opportunities

Support options include University Fellowships and Teaching and Research Assistantships. Recipients of support are determined on a competitive basis during the admission process.  Fellowships and assistantships include full tuition remission (up to 9 credits) and a monthly stipend. Assistants, whether Teaching or Research, are expected to work 20 hours per week.  The principal duties of a Teaching Assistant include assisting faculty members in laboratory instruction; preparing apparatus or materials for Pharm.D. students; conducting recitations; grading quizzes and reports; and proctoring exams. Resesarch Assistants engage in research as assigned to a specific faculty member. The research subjects are determined by consultation between the student and her/his research advisor.  The department attempts to make offers of assistantships on or before May 1. June 1 is the final date for acceptance or declination of department offers of support.  Applications should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Temple University School of Pharmacy, 3307 North Broad Street, Suite 528, Philadelphia, PA 19140.


April 2008