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Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry


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Rowan’s Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry is a terminal degree program that will provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. This program is highly interdisciplinary and will provide diverse research experiences for the students in: a) preparation of drugs (organic synthesis); b) chemical characterization (analytical chemistry); c) understanding the role of molecular modifications in determining structure-activity relationships (medicinal/biochemistry); d) in vitro and in vivo evaluation of biological targets (pharmacology); and e) understanding the mechanism of action and metabolism of the drug within the body (pharmacodynamics/kinetics). There will be an emphasis on independent supervised research that will culminate in significant new contributions to the field in the form of publications, presentations, or generation of new intellectual property.

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The Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry is a full-time program offered in a face-to-face format at our Glassboro, NJ campus. It requires the completion of 63 graduate semester hours (21 courses).

The following courses make up the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

  • 7 Courses / 63 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: Yes
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 54 S.H.
CHEM 07592 Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry 3
CHEM 07590 General Aspects of Pharmacology 3
CHEM 09601 Ph.D. Dissertation Research 48
CHEM 09602 Graduate Seminar 0
Elective Courses: 9 S.H.
CHEM 05530 Special Topics in Chemistry 3
CHEM 06500 Modern Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 06501 Modern Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 07512 Antibiotics 3
CHEM 07531 Special Topics in Biochemistry 3
CHEM 07548 Biochemistry 4
CHEM 07557 Chemical Biology 3
CHEM 07560 Advanced Biochemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 07564 Advanced Organic Synthesis 3
CHEM 07565 Organic Reactions and Mechanisms 3
CHEM 07567 Advanced Organic Preparations 3
CHEM 07568 Medicinal Chemistry 3
CHEM 07570 Organic Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 07572 Advanced Organometallic Chemistry 3
CHEM 07575 Polymer Chemistry 3
CHEM 07561 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 07580 Synthesis of Polymers 3
CHEM 07582 Characterization of Polymers 3
CHEM 07588 Advanced Natural Product Chemistry 3
CHEM 07593 Regulatory Affairs 3
CHEM 07594 GLP/GMP Techniques 3
CHEM 08505 Advanced Biophysical Chemistry 3
CHEM 08510 Advanced Survey of Molecular Modeling Methods 3
CHEM 09502 Quality Assurance 3
CHEM 09520 Advanced Supramolecular Chemistry 3
CHEM 09522 Advanced Bioanalytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 09530 Advanced Chemical Analysis of Cannabinoids 3

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 action 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
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • 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).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
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