Non-Thesis MS and Certificate Programs in Pharmaceutics
The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most vibrant business sectors in the Delaware Valley, employing more than 35,000 in the discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of pharmaceutical products and devices. There is a pressing need for skilled, technically trained professionals with post-graduate science backgrounds.
Temple University’s non-thesis master’s degree and certificate program are specifically designed to educate pharmacists, bench scientists, and laboratory technicians in the highly dynamic arena of the pharmaceutical sciences. It is ideal for industry employees with a bachelor of science who seek graduate or post-graduate training to expand career opportunities.
The courses draw upon the School’s world-renowned MS program in Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs, offering students a well orchestrated balance between the pharmaceutical sciences and the industry’s regulatory milieu. The courses help promising professionals to advance within their current positions by learning advanced pharmaceutical sciences, helping them make valuable contributions to all phases of their companies’ projects while being cognizant of regulatory requirements.
All courses are taught by graduate faculty from Temple University’s School of Pharmacy or pharmaceutical industry experts in drug discovery and development, Regulatory Affairs, manufacturing, and validation.
- Start classes in the fall, spring, or summer semesters;
- Enjoy classes on weeknights or weekends;
- Take up to three courses before deciding whether to apply to the Master of Science degree or Certificate Program;
- Complete the four-course certificate program on their way to the MS.
Admission to the Non-Thesis Master of Science Degree
- Hold a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, chemical engineering, or mechanical engineering from an accredited US college or university (or equivalent).
- Have completed (at the undergraduate level) a minimum of two years of general Chemistry, including Organic chemistry; one Analytical Chemistry course; and at least one Introductory Calculus course. A course in Physical Chemistry is also recommended.
- Furnish official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (including Temple University) and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Submit three letters of recommendation from supervisory professionals or college/university instructors familiar with the studen'ts academic competence
- GRE is waived, if you already posses an advanced degree from an accredited US institution of higher learning. GRE is also waived, if you have earned an overall undergraduate GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 or higher from the institution where they earned their degree. If a student has not achieved a 3.0 GPA from an undergraduate institution, the GRE may be waived, if the student earns a grade of B+ or higher in the first three courses taken in Temple's non-thesis MS program.
- Provide a statement of goals of approximately 500-1,000 words and include: 1) your interest in Temple's program; 2) your research goals; 3) your career goals; and 4) your academic and research achievements.
- Provide a signed CV or resume.
- Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 250 on the computer-based version (CBT), 600 on the paper-based version, or 100 on the Internet-based (iBT) test.
- Application deadlines: Fall Admission (June 1), Spring Admission (October 1), and Summer Admission (February 1).
Applicants seeking the four course (12 credits) certificate program must complete the following courses within three years:
- 3 required courses (Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing I and Physical Pharmacy). It is strongly suggested that MS students pursue these three courses as early as possible, since they provide a foundation of knowledge for subsequent coursework.
- One additional required or elective course (choices are listed below)
- Maintain an overall B average in the four courses.
After completing the certificate, students may count all of the courses towards the non-thesis MS in Pharmaceutics, provided they meet the requirements for admission.
The Certificate is called, “Certificate in Pharmaceutics.”
To download the Certificate Application, click here.
- The non-thesis M.S. in pharmaceutics will be awarded to students who complete a minimum of 36 credits including 18 required and 18 elective credits chosen from the lists below. MS students are urged to complete required courses first, since they provide a foundation of knowledge for subsequent coursework.
- Students may receive a maximum of six semester hours of transfer credit from other schools, provided the courses are equivalent to courses offered in our program, a grade of B or higher was earned, and they were taken within the last six years.
- Students will be given five years to complete the degree. Students are not required to perform research at the Pharmacy School or write a thesis.
Required Courses for the MS in Pharmaceutics:
- Pharmaceutical Analysis (8002) - offered only in the fall
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing I: Preformulation/Formulation (8003)
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing II: Solid Dosage Forms (8004)
- Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (8005)
- Physical Pharmacy I (8006) - offered only in spring of even-numbered years
- Applied Biopharmaceutics (8007)
Elective Courses for the MS and Certificate in Pharmaceutics:
- Statistical Quality Control (5451)
- Pharmaceutical Lab Quality Systems and Operations (5469)*
- Good Manufacturing Practices (5477) OR Advanced GMPs – Defining “c” (5479)* (Students may select 5477 or 5479 but not both).
- High Purity Water Systems (5478) *
- Production of Sterile Parenteral Products (5492)*
- Sterilization Processes (5493)
- Pharmaceutical Drug Dosage Forms (5499)
- Development of Sterile Parenteral Products (5501)
- Advanced Pharmacokinetics (502)
- Microbiological Concepts in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (5512)*
- Regulatory Sciences: Managing the Guidelines for Quality (5575)*
- Global CMC Issues and Regulatory Dossiers (5576)*
- Unit Operations (5622)*
- Process Analytical Technology (PAT) (5625)*
- Statistical Design of Experiments (DOE) (5627)*
- Process Monitoring (5629*)
- Introduction to Toxicology (8111)
- Extended Release Dosage Forms (8478)
- Process Validation (8484)
- Analytical Chemistry in Pharmaceutical Laboratories (5655)*
*Only these QA/RA courses count as electives towards the Non-Thesis MS program.
For the most current schedule of classes, click here.
For further information about the programs, please contact:
Almira Cutler, Administrative Assistant
Office of Graduate Studies
Sophon Din, Administrative Assistant (Coordinates Applications)
Daniel J. Canney, PhD, Director of Graduate Studies
Michael Borenstein, PhD, Associate Dean
Temple University School of Pharmacy
Office of Graduate Studies
3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140