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Graduate Bulletin

Pharmaceutical Sciences/Medicinal Chemistry, M.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: December 15

All applications are evaluated together after the deadline.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

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:

It is recommended that applicants complete the courses (or their equivalent as determined by the School of Pharmacy) taken in obtaining a B.S. in Chemistry, preferably Organic Chemistry, before entering the program.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry (preferably Organic Chemistry), or Pharmacy 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 GRE scores should be in the 65th percentile or above.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 100 iBT or 600 PBT.


A resume is encouraged.

Transfer Credit:

With approval, courses specific to Medicinal Chemistry or Organic Chemistry 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:

BIOC 8203:  Fundamentals of Biochemistry

CHEM 5201:  Physical Methods in Organic Chemistry

PS 8002:  Pharmaceutical Analysis

PS 8009:  Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

PS 8051:  Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences

PS 8121:  Survey of Pharmaceutical Sciences

PS 8403:  Pharmacogenomics

Advanced Organic Chemistry


Elective courses should be taken primarily in Chemistry, although courses in Pharmacology and Computer and Information Science may be taken also. A total of 6 research credits must be taken for the M.S.

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 Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry. 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 standards of the pharmaceutical sciences; demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the primary area of interest and the broader field of medicinal chemistry; 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 arranges the time, date, and room within two working days and forwards to the student the appropriate forms. Once approved, the public announcement of the defense is posted.

The Thesis Examining Committee evaluates the student's ability to express verbally her/his research question, methodological approach, primary findings, and implications. This committee is comprised of at least three Graduate Faculty members. Two members, including the Chair, must be members of the Graduate Faculty of the School of Pharmacy. The Thesis Examining 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

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

Department Contacts:


Sophon Din



Program Coordinator:

Daniel J. Canney, Ph.D.


Graduate Chairperson:

Daniel J. Canney, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Graduate Studies:

Joy Baumgardner, Ph.D.



Robert Raffa, Ph.D.


About the Program

The School of Pharmacy offers a graduate program leading to the M.S. and to the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry. The program is 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, Main

Students may take a majority of required and elective courses at the Health Sciences and Main campuses. Some courses may be offered at the Fort Washington campus. Research must be carried out at the Health Sciences campus under the supervision of an advisor who is a member of the Graduate Faculty.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Full-time status is recommended due to the nature of ongoing research.

Department Information:

Office of Graduate Studies

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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

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:

The focus is Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, including design and synthesis of ligands for nicotinic receptors and ligands for retinoic acid receptors, novel anticonvulsants, and the development of analytical methodologies.

Job Placement:

The program is primarily concentrated to provide research scientists for the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, and faculty positions in schools of pharmacy.


Not applicable.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

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


Financing Opportunities

Master's-level students are generally not considered for financial support. Financial support in the form of University fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships is generally available to Ph.D. candidates only. Only under rare circumstances are M.S. students considered for support.


Updated 11.7.12