Pharmaceutical Sciences/Medicinal Chemistry, M.S.

SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

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 Center, Main

Some courses may be offered at the Fort Washington campus. Research must be carried out at the Health Sciences Center 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.

Interdisciplinary Study: The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework, research, and collaborations among faculty and students with interests in biochemistry, molecular modeling, organic chemistry, and pharmacology.

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 Prospects: The program primarily concentrates on providing research scientists for the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, and faculty positions in schools of pharmacy.

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.

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.

Preferably, official transcripts are forwarded electronically. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended may be sent electronically to tuspgrad@temple.edu. Alternately, unopened official transcripts bearing the school’s seal must be sent directly from the Registrar at each institution to the School of Pharmacy’s Office of Graduate Studies.

Applicants who earned a degree at a non-U.S. institution must submit an equivalency evaluation of their transcript(s) through a third-party provider, either World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

Statement of Goals: In approximately 500 to 1,000 words, state your specific interest in Temple's program, research goals, future career goals, and academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:
GRE: Waived for Fall 2022 admission. If submitted, scores are expected to be in the 65th percentile or above.

Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 85
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 58

Resume: Current resume or CV required.

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 Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 36

Required Courses:

Core Courses
PS 8002Pharmaceutical Analysis3
PS 8051Seminar in Pharm Science1
PS 8121Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar Series1
PS 8127Pharmacokinetics3
PS 8128Principles in Drug Discovery3
PS 8129Bioethics in Research2
PS 8403Advanced Pharmacogenomics2
PS P151Medicinal Chemistry I4
QARA 5451Statistical Quality Control3
Concentration-Specific Courses
PS 8009Advanced Medicinal Chemistry I3
PS 8011Advanced Medicinal Chemistry II3
Electives 12
Research Course
PS 9996Master's Research6
Total Credit Hours36

Culminating Events:
Thesis:
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 Administrative Assistant at least 15 days before the defense is to be scheduled. The Administrative Assistant 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.

Contacts

Program Web Address:

https://pharmacy.temple.edu/academics/graduate-program

Department Information:

Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences Office of Graduate Studies

School of Pharmacy

3307 N. Broad Street, Suite 528

Philadelphia, PA 19140

tuspgrad@temple.edu

215-707-4972

Submission Address for Application Materials:

https://apply.temple.edu/PHARM_GRAD/

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

Sophon Din

tuspgrad@temple.edu

Program Coordinator:

Daniel J. Canney, Ph.D.

tuspgrad@temple.edu

Graduate Chairperson:

Swati Nagar, Ph.D.

phscgrad@temple.edu

Department Chairperson:

Ellen Walker, Ph.D.

ellen.walker@temple.edu