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Graduate Bulletin

Pharmaceutical Sciences/Pharmaceutics, 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 should have completed a minimum of two years of General Chemistry, including Organic Chemistry; one Analytical Chemistry course; and Mathematics, including at least Introductory Calculus. A course in Physical Chemistry is also advisable.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, or a related discipline 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 scores should be in the 65th percentile or above.



The GRE is no longer required.

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




A resume is encouraged.



A resume is required.

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: 30-36, depending on the Option selected: 30 for the Thesis Option; 36 for the Non-Thesis Option


Required Courses:

Core Courses (17 credits):

BIOC 8203:  Fundamentals of Biochemistry

PS 8000:  Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences

PS 8002:  Pharmaceutical Analysis

PS 8051:  Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences

PS 8121:  Survey of Pharmaceutical Sciences

PS 8127:  Pharmacokinetics

PS 8403:  Pharmacogenomics



Other coursework (13 credits)


Required Courses:

Core Courses (18 credits):

PS 8002:  Pharmaceutical Analysis

PS 8003:  Pharmaceutical Manufacturing I: Preformulation/Formulation

PS 8004:  Pharmaceutical Manufacturing II

PS 8005:  Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

PS 8006:  Physical Pharmacy I

PS 8007:  Applied Biopharmaceutics

Elective courses chosen from these approved courses (18 credits):

PS 5451:  Statistical Quality Control

PS 5477:  Good Manufacturing Practices

PS 5478:  High Purity Water System

PS 5489:  Pharmaceutical Lab Quality Systems and Operations

PS 5492:  Production–Parenterals

PS 5493:  Sterilization Processes

PS 5499:  Pharmaceutical Drug Dosage Forms

PS 5501:  Development–Parenterals

PS 5512:  Microbiological Concepts in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

PS 5581:  Regulatory Sciences

PS 5655:  Analytical Chemistry

PS 8008:  Principles of Pharmacokinetics

PS 8111:  Introduction to Toxicology

PS 8478:  Modified Release Dosage Forms

PS 8582:  Physical Pharmacy II

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 standards 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 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.


This program has no culminating events.

Program Contact Information:




Department Information:

Office of Graduate Studies

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

School of Pharmacy

3307 N. Broad Street, Suite 258
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 Baumgarder, Ph.D.



Robert Raffa, Ph.D.

About the Program

The School of Pharmacy offers a graduate program leading to the M.S., with a choice of the Thesis or Non-Thesis Options, and to the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Pharmaceutics. 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, Fort Washington

Students take a majority of required and elective courses at the Health Sciences and Fort Washington campuses. Some courses may be offered at Main 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.


Fort Washington, Health Sciences

Students take a majority of required and elective courses at Fort Washington. Some courses may be offered at the Health Sciences campus.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:



The Thesis Option is considered a full-time program.



The Non-Thesis Option is considered a part-time program. Students may complete the degree program through classes offered during evenings and weekends primarily at the Fort Washington campus.

Department Information:

Office of Graduate Studies

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

School of Pharmacy

3307 N. Broad Street, Suite 258
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:

Faculty members specialize and offer graduate coursework in controlled release dosage forms, drug metabolism, encapsulation, mechanisms of drug action, pharmaceutical analysis, pharmacokinetics, and solid dosage forms.

Job Placement:

Graduates generally find employment in the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, or academia.


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 in the Thesis Option considered for support; students enrolled in the Non-Thesis Option are ineligible for financial support because their program is part-time.

Updated 11.7.12