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The M.S. program in Pharmaceutical Sciences at UMass Lowell is designed to provide a foundation for work in the biopharmaceutical industry. Graduates will be expected to support technical roles in research and production settings that will help meet the need for new drugs to treat human disease and that will evaluate the effectiveness of drug therapies, including drug safety.
Applicants to the M.S. or Professional Science Master's programs must have a bachelor's degree or be in the last semester of their baccalaureate program. Up to 12 credits of appropriate graduate course work with a grade of B or better can be transferred into the UMass Lowell M.S. 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 demonstrated undergraduate level knowledge in biochemistry, calculus, general and organic chemistry, and biology or anatomy and physiology.
The M.S. curriculum consists of 32 credits of coursework. Coursework will be scheduled in the fall spring semesters. Full-time students should finish in 12 to 15 months. Students who attend part-time should finish in as little as two years and well within five years. The Program Director and advisors 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.
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UMass Lowell undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA or better have the opportunity to save time and money by earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in a little as five years. Students can continue from bachelor’s to master’s level studies within their own department. Or students can apply to a program in a different department to create a set of skills to meet emerging needs in the workplace and their own academic interests.
Please refer to the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog for the latest information about admission, courses, retention, degree and thesis requirements.
Edgardo Pomales-Feliciano is an inaugural member in the new Pharmaceutical Science Master's program at UMass Lowell.