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M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Our Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences prepares you for a career in the highly interdisciplinary field of pharmaceutical sciences. The field of pharmaceutical science involves the integration of concepts from organic chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and molecular biology for the design, and synthesis of drugs as well as for understanding the mechanism of drug action. As a practitioner in this field, you may work on the discovery and development of novel drugs, creating efficient use of existing drugs, and lowering the cost of therapy employing less expensive protocols for manufacturing drugs.

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The Rowan University Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program requires the completion of 31 semester hours (s.h.). Students can opt to do either the thesis or non-thesis track.

The following courses make up the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program.

  • 11 Courses / 31 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: Yes
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Non-Thesis Track Courses: 16 S.H
CHEM 05530 Special Topics in Chemistry 3
CHEM 05550 Advanced Seminar 1
CHEM 07560 Advanced Biochemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 07564 Advanced Organic Synthesis 3
CHEM 07590 General Aspects Of Pharmacology 3
CHEM 07592 Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry 3
Choose an additional 15 S.H. from the list of Restricted Electives below.
Thesis Track Courses: 25 S.H.
CHEM 05550 Advanced Seminar 1
CHEM 07560 or
CHEM 07564
Advanced Biochemistry Lecture
Advanced Organic Synthesis
CHEM 07592 Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry 3
CHEM 09592 Pharmaceutical Techniques I (can take course up to 4 times) 9-12
CHEM 09596 MS Thesis Research I (can take course up to 4 times) 9-12
Restricted Elective Courses 6 S.H (Thesis) or 15 S.H. (Non-Thesis)
CHEM 05530 Special Topics in Chemistry 3
CHEM 06500 Modern Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 06501 Modern Inorganic Chemistry Lab 2
CHEM 07512 Antibiotics 3
CHEM 07557 Chemical Biology 3
CHEM 07561 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory 3
CHEM 07565 Organic Reactions And Mechanisms 3
CHEM 07568 Medicinal Chemistry 3
CHEM 07570 Organic Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 07572 Advanced Organometallic Chemistry 3
CHEM 07590 General Aspects Of Pharmacology 3
CHEM 07593 Regulatory Affairs 3
CHEM 07594 Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)/Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Techniques 3
CHEM 08505 Advanced Biophysical Chemistry 3
CHEM 08510 Advanced Survey Of Molecular Modeling Methods 3
CHEM 09502 Quality Assurance 3
CHEM 09510 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHEM 09520 Advanced Supramolecular Chemistry 3
CHEM 09522 Advanced Bioanalytical Chemistry 3

*CHEM 07564 OR CHEM 07560

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • Completed foundation courses

    • Eligible applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate foundation courses at an accredited institution prior to admission:

      • General Chemistry (2 semesters)
      • Organic Chemistry (2 semesters)
      • The following undergraduate coursework is recommended prior to admission: Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry.
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) in Chemistry, Biochemistry Biology, or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives

    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Recommended minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale)
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A masters in pharmaceutical sciences from Rowan will prepare you for further advanced graduate (Ph.D.) or professional (M.D./Pharm.D.) programs or scientific careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The program also provides highly specialized training and improves effective communication skills to make you more competitive in the job market when compared to the graduates of other less focused programs.

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