Pharmaceutical Sciences/Pharmaceutics MS


About the Program

The School of Pharmacy offers a graduate program leading to the MS, with a choice of Thesis or Non-Thesis Option, and the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in Pharmaceutics. The program is designed to prepare students for positions in the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, and as faculty in schools of pharmacy.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years

Campus Location: Health Sciences Center, Fort Washington

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

Students in the Non-Thesis Option take a majority of required and elective courses at Fort Washington. Some courses may be offered at the Health Sciences Center campus.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The program is considered full-time for those in the Thesis Option and part-time for those in the Non-Thesis Option. Part-time students can complete the program through classes offered during evenings and weekends primarily at the Fort Washington campus.

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

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 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 PhD candidates only. Only under rare circumstances are MS 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.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: December 15

All applications are evaluated together after the deadline.

For the Thesis Option, APPLY ONLINE.

For the Non-Thesis Option, contact Sophon Din, Administrative Assistant, at or 215-707-4972. Application materials are to be mailed to:

Temple University School of Pharmacy
Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Office of Graduate Studies
3307 N. Broad Street, Suite 528
Philadelphia, PA 19140

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.

Preferably, official transcripts are forwarded electronically. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended may be sent electronically to 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: Scores for the Thesis Option are expected to be in the 65th percentile or above. Note that the GRE is not required for the Non-Thesis Option.

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 is required whether applying for the Thesis Option or the Non-Thesis Option.

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 MS program is 6.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 36

Required Courses:

Thesis Option

Core Courses
PS 8000Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences3
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
QARA 5451Statistical Quality Control3
Concentration-Specific Courses
PS 8003Pharmaceutical Manufacturing I: Preformulation/Formulation3
PS 8004Solid Dosage Forms - Small Molecules3
Research Course
PS 9996Master's Research6
Total Credit Hours36

Non-Thesis Option

Core Courses
PS 8002Pharmaceutical Analysis3
PS 8003Pharmaceutical Manufacturing I: Preformulation/Formulation3
PS 8004Solid Dosage Forms - Small Molecules3
PS 8005Pharmaceutical Biotechnology3
PS 8006Physical Pharmacy I3
PS 8007Applied Biopharmaceutics3
Select six from the following approved courses:18
Statistical Quality Control
Production of Sterile Products
Sterilization Processes
Pharmaceutical Drug Dosage Forms
Development of Sterile Products
Introduction to Toxicology
Modified Release Dosage Forms
Physical Pharmacy II
Pharmaceutical Laboratory Quality Systems and Operations
Good Manufacturing Practices
High Purity Water Systems
Microbiological Concepts in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Regulatory Sciences: Managing the Guidelines to Quality
Analytical Chemistry in Pharmaceutical Laboratories
Total Credit Hours36

Culminating Events:
For the Thesis Option, the MS thesis is the culminating event. The 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 their 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 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 their 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.

The Non-Thesis Option has no culminating events.


Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences Office of Graduate Studies

School of Pharmacy

3307 N. Broad Street, Suite 528

Philadelphia, PA 19140


Submission Address for "Thesis Option" Application Materials:

Mailing Address for "Non-Thesis Option" Application Materials:

Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences Office of Graduate Studies

School of Pharmacy

3307 N. Broad Street, Suite 528 (602-00)

Philadelphia, PA 19140

Department Contacts:


Sophon Din

Program Coordinator:

Daniel J. Canney, PhD

Graduate Chairperson:

Swati Nagar, PhD

Department Chairperson:

Ellen Walker, PhD