M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences will prepare students 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.

Rowan University’s M.S. in Pharmaceutical Science will provide you with a challenging and innovative learning environment so as to 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.


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.

  • Thesis Track Courses: 25 semester hours (s.h.)
    • The thesis track is for students who desire to perform research as part of their graduate education. Thesis Track students enroll in 25 core s.h. and 6 restricted elective s.h.
  • Non-Thesis Track Courses: 16 semester hours (s.h.)
    • The non-thesis track students enroll in 16 core s.h. and 15 restricted elective s.h. Track II students may enroll either part-time or full-time.
  • Restricted Electives: 6-15 semester hours (s.h.)
    • Choose 6 s.h. for the thesis track or 15 s.h. for the non-thesis track (depending on focus area selected).
Required Thesis Track Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CHEM 07592 Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry 3
CHEM 07564 Advanced Organic Synthesis 3
CHEM 07560 Advanced Biochemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 09592 Pharmaceutical Techniques I 3
CHEM 09593 Pharmaceutical Techniques II 3
CHEM 09594 Pharmaceutical Techniques III 3
CHEM 09596 Ms Thesis Research I 3
CHEM 09597 Ms Thesis Research II 3
CHEM 09598 Ms Thesis Research III 3
CHEM 05550 Advanced Seminar 1
Required Non-Thesis Track Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CHEM 07592 Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry 3
CHEM 07564 Advanced Organic Synthesis 3
CHEM 07560 Advanced Biochemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 07590 General Aspects Of Pharmacology 3
CHEM 05530 Special Topics in Chemistry 3
CHEM 05550 Advanced Seminar 1
Restricted Elective Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CHEM 07570 Organic Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 07565 Organic Reactions And Mechanisms 3
CHEM 07572 Advanced Organometallic Chemistry 3
CHEM 07568 Medicinal Chemistry 3
CHEM 07590 General Aspects Of Pharmacology 3
CHEM 05530 Special Topics in Chemistry 3
CHEM 07512 Antibiotics 3
CHEM 08505 Advanced Biophysical Chemistry 3
CHEM 09522 Advanced Bioanalytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 09510 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHEM 07593 Regulatory Affairs 3
CHEM 07561 Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 07557 Chemical Biology 3
CHEM 08510 Advanced Survey Of Molecular Modeling Methods 3
CHEM 07594 Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)/Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Techniques 3
CHEM 09520 Advanced Supramolecular Chemistry 3

* CHEM 07564 OR CHEM 07560

Total Program Semester Hours: 31

Admissions Requirements

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 indicating any missing items.

  • $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)

  • 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.

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall 2020 09/01/2020 07/01/2020