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Graduate Bulletin

Pharmaceutical Sciences/Medicinal Chemistry, M.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15                           [December 15 for international applicants]

All applications are evaluated by the end of January.

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 Pharmacy or Chemistry is required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: your 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.  Recent scores have been in the range of 650-700+ quantitative and 500-600+ 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:

Courses related to Organic Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry can be transferred in for credit. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

405: Principles of Drug Action and Pharmacokinetics

411: Pharmaceutical Analysis

421: Physical Methods in Organic Chemistry

422:  Organic Reaction Mechanisms (Advanced Organic Chemistry)

530: Advanced Medicinal Chemistry I

624: Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences

BIOCHEM 503: Graduate Biochemistry

BIOCHEM 550: Scientific Writing


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 makes a contribution to the field of Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry. It should expand existing knowledge and demonstrate the student's knowledge of both research methods and a mastery of her/his primary area of interest. Theses 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 will arrange the time, date, and room within two working days, and forward to the student the appropriate forms. Once approved, the public announcement of the defense will be posted.

The Examining Committee will evaluate the student's ability to express verbally her/his research question, methodological approach, primary findings, and implications. The Examining 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 Committee will vote 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

Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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

Department Contacts:


Graduate Secretary

Room 407



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

Students may take a majority of required and elective courses at the Main and Health Sciences campuses. Several 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

Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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

Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework, research, and collaborations among faculty and students with interests in Organic Chemistry, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Modeling.


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-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are able to take up to 9 credits.

Financing Opportunities

The principal duties of a Teaching Assistant (TA) include assisting faculty members in laboratory instruction, preparing apparatus or materials for Pharm.D. students, conducting recitations, grading quizzes and reports, and proctoring exams. TAs are expected to work 20 hours per week. Research Assistants (RAs) are expected to spend 20 hours per week engaged in research and will be assigned to a specific faculty member. The research subjects are determined by consultation between the student and her/his research advisor. Both TAs and RAs receive a stipend and full-tuition remission (up to 9 credits per semester). Applications should include: (a) a statement of previous teaching and/or research experience, areas of interest, and future goals; (b) official transcripts; and (c) a curriculum vitae. The department makes offers of assistantships on or before May 1. June 1 is the final date for acceptance or declination of department offers. Applications should be directed to Temple University School of Pharmacy, 3307 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.

Updated 2.3.06