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About Thesis-Based Degrees/Requirements


M.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Please note: M.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 MS-level students considered for support.


The thesis-based M.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences requires coursework plus writing and defense of a research-based thesis Students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits of approved coursework (core courses plus electives) plus 6 credits of research Up to 6 semester hours of transfer credit for approved coursework from other schools can be obtained, provided the courses were taken within the previous 5 years and grades of B or better were achieved


The research component is performed under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty at the School of Pharmacy following completion of appropriate coursework. The rest of the procedure follows that of the Ph.D. degree described below. The time limit for completing the M.S. is 5 years.


Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences requires coursework plus writing and defense of a research-based dissertation. Students must complete a minimum of 40 didactic semester credits beyond the B.S. degree. Graduate students entering the program with an M.S. degree in Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacodynamics or closely related field must complete a minimum of 16 didactic credits beyond the M.S. degree.


All students take the core courses in Pharmaceutical Sciences (see Table 1)In addition, 5 courses from an approved list (Table 2) are taken. Elective courses are selected from (Table 3) for a total of at least 40 didactic credits. All course selections are made in consultation with and approval of the student's advisor.


Written preliminary examinations based on coursework taken as a graduate student and an oral examination based on an original research proposal (researched and written by the candidate) are taken. After preliminary exams are completed, candidates prepare and defend a dissertation proposal.


Following approval by members of the Dissertation Advisory Committee, the proposal is submitted to the University Graduate School and the student is then elevated to Ph.D. candidacy. After elevation to candidacy, an additional 2 research credits (total of 6) are required for all Ph.D. students.


A dissertation based on original research must be written and approved by the Dissertation Advisory Committee, followed by an oral defense of the dissertation before the Examining Committee. There is a residency requirement of 1 year of full-time study at the School of Pharmacy and the time limit for completing the Ph.D. degree is 7 years.


Concentrations

There are three Concentrations within the thesis-based graduate program:


Financial Assistance:

Financial support is available for qualified students in the form of University fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Foreign students whose first language is not English and intend to apply for teaching or research assistantships may need to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE).


Contact the Office of Graduate Studies

Prospective students and for admissions, please contact:

Sophon Din, Administrative Assistant

tuspgrad@temple.edu

215-707-4972

 

Current graduate students, please contact:

Almira Cutler, Administrative Assistant

phscgrad@temple.edu

215-707-4948

 

Daniel J. Canney, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies

phscgrad@temple.edu

215-707-4948


Temple University School of Pharmacy

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Office of Graduate Studies, Suite 528

3307 N. Broad St.,

Philadelphia, PA 19140