Pharmaceutical Sciences

Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Admission and Degree Requirements

Applicants to the M.S. or Professional Science Master’s programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences must have a B.S. degree or be in the last semester of their baccalaureate program. Up to 12 credits of graduate work of appropriate course work with a grade of B or better can be transferred into the UMass Lowell MS Pharmaceutical Science programs if approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Upon admission or through the successful completion of prerequisite courses, students will be expected to have successfully demonstrated undergraduate level knowledge in biochemistry, calculus, general and organic chemistry and physics.

The M.S. curriculum will consist of 37 credits of coursework. Coursework will generally be scheduled in the fall and spring semesters. Full-time students should finish in two years. Students who attend part-time should finish within five years.

The Program Coordinator and advisers in the program will guide M.S. students through a part-time or full-time program of study. Full-time study is equivalent to 9 credits per semester. 

Plan of Study by Semester for Full-Time M.S. Students

Semester 1 PHSC.610 – Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences 4 credits
84.550 – Biochemistry I 3 credits
30.550 – Human Development and Pathophysiology 3 credits
Total: 10 credits
Semester 2 84.562 – Pharmaceutical Biochemistry 3 credits
81.542 – Cell Biology 3 credits
PHSC.620 – Pharmacokinetics 3 credits
Total: 9 credits
Semester 3 84.7xx – Principles of Medicinal Chemistry I 3 credits
36.707 – Drug Metabolism 3 credits
PHSC.630 – Pharmaceutical Research Design and Ethics 3 credits
Total: 9 credits
Semester 4 PHSC.640 – Pharmaceutical Analysis 4 credits
PHSC.641 – Drug Delivery 3 credits
PHSC.710 – Advanced Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences 2 credits
Total: 9 credits
Total Credits for MS degree: 37 credits