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The M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at UMass Lowell prepares graduates 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. 

The M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences is listed as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degree and students may be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) STEM extension.

Please refer to the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog for the latest information about courses, retention, degree and thesis requirements.

For questions about the program please reach out by email to: PharmSci_Grad@uml.edu.

Admission & Degree Requirements

Applicants to the M.S. program 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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Bachelor's to Master's Programs

UMass Lowell undergraduate students with a 3.000 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.

Learn more about the Bachelor's-to-Master's Programs.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

Katie McGourty works in a lab
Katie McGourty '18, '19
Applied Biomedical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Katie McGourty took advantage of UML's Bachelor’s-to-Master’s program and completed her master’s in one year. She landed a job with Pfizer Inc. in the inflammation and immunology department before she graduated.

I decided to do the accelerated B.S.-M.S. program in pharmaceutical sciences because it was a cost-effective way to get my master’s in a growing field.
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Christianto Putra poses in a lab at UMass Lowell
Christianto Putra '16, '21
Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Christianto Putra conducted research on titanium dioxide, a common food additive, for his dissertation and published the results in the Journal of Nutrition.

UMass Lowell offered me a place to learn about nutritional sciences, experience the campus culture and conduct research.
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Marita Merheb using a microscope in a UMass Lowell lab
Marita Merheb '24
Pharmaceutical Sciences

As a pharmaceutical sciences major interested in research and business, Marita Merheb pursues all opportunities to advance her goals.

All in all, UML provides high value for a lower cost, which you can’t find at other colleges.
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