Graduate Bulletin

Pharmaceutical Sciences/Pharmaceutics, M.S.

Concentration: Thesis Option


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15                           [December 15 for international applicants]

All M.S. and Ph.D. 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 who are 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.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

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

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: your specific 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. 

Transfer Credit:

With approval, courses specific to the field of Pharmaceutics may be transferred into the program. Applicants must present supporting documentation (syllabus, course description, and/or transcript) for transfer consideration at the time of application. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer into the M.S. program is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

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 Thesis-based M.S. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences can be found on the website:

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:


The M.S. thesis is an original, theoretical, and/or empirical study that contributes to the field of Pharmaceutics. It should expand existing knowledge and demonstrate the student's knowledge of research methods and a mastery of her/his primary area of interest. The thesis should be rigorously investigated; uphold the ethics and standard of the Pharmaceutics field; demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the primary area of interest and the broader field of Pharmaceutics; and be prepared for publication in a professional journal.

Students who are preparing to defend their thesis should confirm a time and date with their advisor and register with the Graduate Secretary at least 15 days before the defense is to be scheduled. The Graduate Secretary will arrange the time, date, and room within two working days, and forwards to the student the appropriate forms.

The Thesis Examining Committee is composed of at least three Graduate Faculty members. Two members, including the Chair, must be from the School of Pharmacy. The Committee evaluates the student's ability to express verbally her/his research question, methodological approach, primary findings, and implications. The Committee votes to pass or fail the thesis and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Office of Graduate Studies

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Suite 528, School of Pharmacy
3307 N. 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 programs leading to the M.S. (both thesis and non-thesis options) and the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The programs are designed to prepare students for positions in the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, and faculty positions in schools of pharmacy.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 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 at the 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 thesis-based M.S. in Pharmaceutics is considered a full-time program. 

Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework, research, and collaborations among faculty and students with interests in biochemistry, molecular modeling, organic chemistry, and pharmacology.


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 able 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