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Pharmaceutical Sciences, Master of Science

30-36 Credits
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Queens Campus


The programs leading to the Master of Science degree are designed to equip individuals to contribute to advances in areas of pharmacy, allied health and the biosciences. The master’s programs develop skills in critical thinking so as to prepare graduates for positions in research, industry, education and medical settings. In addition, graduates learn to interpret and critically review basic and clinical research in order to foster lifelong learning.

Students studying for the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences can specialize in:

  • Pharmacology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Industrial Pharmacy
  • Pharmacotherapeutics and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Department Contacts

Dr. Frank A. Barile, Ph.D., Chair
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Professor of Clinical & Applied Toxicology
St. Albert Hall 134
(718) 990-2640

Diane Hardej, Ph.D
Graduate Program Director
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. Albert Hall G-013
(718) 990-6370

Sue Ford, Ph.D, DABT
Director, Toxicology Program
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. Albert Hall Rm305 
(718) 990-6220

Department Faculty

Please see a list of our Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty.


An overall 3.0 grade point average or better and above average grades in the sciences are required. Other requirements depend on the particular program chosen by the student.

Students are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and provide two letters of recommendation. Applicants for the double master’s program must meet the entrance requirements for St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Pharmacy.

Degree Options

Two options are offered within each program leading to the Master of Science degree.

Thesis Option (Plan A)
Requires 24 semester hours of course work (exclusive of prerequisites) and a thesis project for which a minimum of six semester hours of credit are required. Students that are accepted under the thesis option are permitted to take more than 24 semester hours of course work subject to approval of their mentor.

Non-thesis Option (Plan B)
Requires additional course work in lieu of the thesis (a minimum total of 33-36 semester hours of course work, exclusive of prerequisites).  Students are typically required to complete the degree program option (thesis or non-thesis) for which they have been accepted.

Degree Requirements 

Residency*One Year
Time Limit on CreditFive Years
Minimum Credit in Semester Hours: Thesis Option30 (24 Course work; 6 Thesis Research)
Minimum Credit in Semester Hours: Non-Thesis Option33 to 36 (Course work)
Comprehensive ExaminationRequired
Graduate Record ExaminationRequired

* Residency for the Master of Science degree requires completing six credits per semester for two consecutive semesters.