A Pharmaceutics PhD from Saint Joseph’s University will provide you the experience necessary to improve how drugs are administered and pave the way for new administration methods.
A master’s in pharmaceutics program at Saint Joseph’s University provides you the experience necessary to improve how drugs are administered, helping you pave the way for new administration methods. Working one-on-one with expert faculty, you’ll gain insight and foresight as you uncover new areas of research in our state-of-the-art labs. Pharmaceutics classes are offered both full time and part time from our University City campus. You can choose from a thesis or non-thesis master’s degree track or work toward the Pharmaceutics PhD. With an advanced degree, your knowledge and network will help you begin a rewarding career in the healthcare industry.
What Sets Our Program Apart
Obtaining a master’s in pharmaceutics from Saint Joseph’s University offers the opportunity to work in our recently renovated Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory, a full-scale, GLP-compliant pharmaceutical research facility fully equipped to support analysis, preformulation and formulation research of drugs.
Our small class sizes promote personal attention as you collaborate and work with pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical sciences faculty who are experts in areas including drug delivery, pharmacokinetics, precision medicine and more.
Long-standing relationships with healthcare companies and pharmaceutical organizations present you with many internship and job opportunities in pharmaceutics.
What Can I Do with a Master’s in Pharmaceutics?
The dynamic pharmaceutics field primes you for career success in:
- Pharmaceutical research
- Regulatory affairs
- Government research
- Drug delivery
- Drug product development
- Process optimization and stability
If you take your pharmaceutics degree to the lab, you’ll join a field that’s projected to grow by 17%, much faster than the average 8% for all occupations. Pharmaceutics also provides excellent preparation for a medical career or any other health profession.
Thesis track: For students interested in conducting research
- Required to take at least 20 non-research credits in courses acceptable to the degree, at least 10 research credits and an approved written thesis and successful oral defense of that thesis
- Only 6 credits at the 300-400 level can be applied towards the degree and requires the pursuit of 700- or 800-level courses
Non-thesis track: For students who want to complete didactic coursework only
- Required to take at least 30 non-research credits in courses acceptable to the degree
The 2022-2023 Academic Catalog will be available soon. Please contact us if you have any questions about the program curriculum.
The tuition for Pharmaceutics MS students entering fall 2022 is $1,676 per credit*. *Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition & Fees page for a detailed cost breakdown.
Financial aid in the form of scholarships, student loans and graduate assistantships may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our Financial Aid page.
Why Study Pharmaceutics in Philadelphia?
Here in Philadelphia, you’re in the heart of the biotechnology and health science industry, surrounded by 250 medical facilities and within two hours of 75% of all U.S. pharmaceutical firms. The city's diverse population and variety of health science employers offers the unique opportunity to gain experience in pharmaceutical research.
Pharmaceutics MS Admissions Information
You must meet the following prerequisites to be considered for admission to the master’s in pharmaceutics program (thesis and non-thesis):
- Have a bachelor’s degree in science or health from an accredited university or college
- Complete the following prerequisite courses*
- Pre-Calculus, Calculus I-II (10 credits)
- Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics I-II, Pharmaceutics lab (8 credits) (lab is not required for the non-thesis track)
- Introduction to Biostatistics or equivalent (3 credits)
- Physical Chemistry I or equivalent (3 credits)
- Analytical Chemistry and lab (4 credits)
- Cell Biology Methods with lab or equivalent (5 credits)
- Research Methods in Pharmaceutics or equivalent (2 credits) (not required for the non-thesis track)
- Take the GRE (achieve a minimum overall average of the sub-scores of at least the 50th percentile with no individual sub-score lower than the 30th percentile)
*Credit hours are listed to aid determination of equivalent prerequisite courses and to plan course loads for the full time status. Please contact the program director if you have any questions.
- Apply online.
- Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended. If you attended Saint Joseph’s, we will obtain this transcript for you.
- Submit a 1000-word personal statement explaining your short and long term study and career goals. The personal statement may be submitted as part of application via the application portal. (For thesis track students: You must also identify at least two of the program’s faculty whose research interests align most closely with yours.)
- Submit resume or CV.
- Submit three letters of recommendation.
- Submit your GRE scores.
The application deadlines for admission to Saint Joseph’s MS in pharmaceutics program are:
- Priority Review for ALL applicants: March 1, 2022
- Domestic Student Deadline: August 1, 2022
- International Student Deadline: April 1, 2022
You must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission to the MS in pharmaceutics program (thesis and non-thesis):
- Submit an application online, along with official college transcripts, a personal statement, resume/CV and three letters of recommendation
- Have a bachelor’s degree in a science or health program or be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University
- Complete all course prerequisites (thesis or non-thesis)
- Take the GRE and submit your scores
- Fluent in both spoken and written English