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Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

From novel medications to innovative skincare therapeutics, new applications for existing drugs to breakthroughs in immunology, the field of pharmaceutical sciences is vast and growing. With a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree from WNE, you will be ready to make the most of emerging opportunities in research or industry through a customizable program that you align with your personal career goals.

Why Choose the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences?

Central to the MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences program is the flexibility for interest-based specialization through electives and selection of a thesis advisor in such disciplines as medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, cosmeceuticals, pharmacogenomics, toxicology, neuroscience, oncology, immunology, biochemistry, pharmacoeconomics, data analytics, and biomedical engineering. Faculty from the Pharmaceutical & Administrative Sciences Department of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, as well as faculty from the Colleges of Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and Business may serve as thesis advisors to varied MSPS research projects.

What Will You Study?

The thesis-based 45-credit MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences program can be completed in five full-time semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring). The curriculum builds on science-related undergraduate study, making it ideal for students holding bachelor’s degrees in biology, chemistry, health sciences, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, biochemistry, biotechnology, or health sciences. Through coursework taught in the state-of-the-art classrooms and labs of the Center for the Science and Pharmacy, you will be well-prepared for career paths as a research scientist or in product development and/or quality assurance. As a WNE graduate, you will also possess the skillsets prized by employers: divergent thinking, communication, teamwork, leadership and an entrepreneurial mindset—essential to careers in discovery and innovation. 

Top 5 Reasons to Choose MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

  1. Broad-based Research Opportunities–Work alongside our expert faculty scientists, including our Dean, Dr. John Pezzuto, who was recently named in the top 2% of scientists in the world in the medicinal and biomolecular chemistry field.

  2. Individualized Attention–WNE is committed to keeping the cohort for the MSPS small, giving you the opportunity to develop strong relationships with your peers and professors, as well as receive any necessary support along the way.

  3. Stand Out to the Pharmaceutical Industry–This program provides outstanding preparation for work in the pharmaceutical industry as well as in related fields such as cosmeceuticals.

  4. Mentorship and Cross-disciplinary Research–You’ll have the opportunity for mentorship, collaboration, or advisement not only by Pharmacy faculty, but also professors from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences or Engineering.

  5. Excellent Preparation for Medical School or Physician Assistant Programs–This program can provide another valuable credential as a stepping stone for entry into highly-competitive programs.

Admissions Requirements

Applications to the MSPS program must be submitted via PharmGrad.org.
Application deadline for fall, 2022: May 1, 2022

Admissions Application Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree: A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a foreign country.
  • Minimum GPA: An undergraduate GPA of 2.70 is preferred. Candidates with a lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Transcripts: Transcripts from all colleges attended must be submitted to PharmGrad. Students already enrolled at WNE must request their WNE transcript be submitted to PharmGrad to complete their application. Foreign applicants must provide a foreign degree evaluation from one of the following approved agencies: WES, FIS, or ECE.
  • Recommendations: A minimum of two evaluator names must be submitted within your PharmGrad application; at least one recommendation must be from a professor.
  • Essay question: How would obtaining a MSPS degree from WNE help you obtain your career goals?
  • A current résumé or CV must be uploaded to the Documents section within PharmGrad.
  • Qualified candidates may be invited to participate in an interview and complete a writing sample.

English-language test scores are required for all applicants who are non-native English speakers who have resided in a country, where English is the primary language, for less than 10 years, UNLESS the applicant has earned or is degree pending (will have earned by anticipated matriculation date) a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree following three or more years of campus-based post-secondary instruction in the United States.

  • Applicants may use any of the following standardized tests to meet our English language requirement:
    • TOEFL - 79 IBT
    • IELTS - 6.5
    • PTE Academic - 58
    • STEP Eiken - 2A
    • iTEP - 4
    • Duolingo - 110 DET
  • List of countries in which English language testing would be waived because it is the primary language:
    • Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom

How are Courses Offered?

As as student in the MSPS program (see curriculum), you will complete 5 semesters, including one summer, culminating in a thesis research project for a total of 45 credits (21 months).

Research Focus Areas

The Masters of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program offers students a wide array of research focus areas in which to develop their Master’s thesis and research.  Faculty from the Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences, as well as other faculty from throughout the University, are engaged in the provision of instruction and thesis advice, depending on the focus area. The curriculum designed for each focus area provides a solid foundation in the principles of the subject matter, as well as research experience in the applicable setting. The four focus areas are:

  1. Pharmacological and Biomedical Sciences – These sciences encompass several disciplines with a primary focus on the biology of human health and disease. Research areas include molecular and cellular disease mechanisms, physiological and pathological processes of disease development, identification of new therapeutic targets, therapeutic and toxicological mechanisms of drug action, and novel approaches to therapeutics, including tissue engineering, genomics, and immunotherapy.
  2. Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery - These multidisciplinary sciences deal with the development and characterization of dosage forms, focusing on the development of new carrier systems for the effective delivery of drugs and the reduction of side effects. These sciences provide curricular content in the areas of formulation science, biomaterials, biopharmaceutics, pharmaceutical compounding, nanotechnology, and pharmacokinetics. 
  3. Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development – These research areas deal with rational-based drug design and the identification of drug targets. In these interdisciplinary fields, one can learn about the synthesis of new drug molecules, the structure-activity relationship of drug classes, the uses of combinatorial chemistry, the methods of drug biotransformation, and the development of assays to test drug candidates.
  4. Pharmacoeconomics and Healthcare Data Analytics
    • Pharmacoeconomics analyzes the costs and outcomes of pharmacy products and services to guide decision-making for payers, patients, and healthcare organizations, including cost-minimization, cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility analyses.
    • Healthcare data analytics is the science of exploring data in various healthcare industries to predict trends and treatment outcomes, modify health behaviors, support decision-making, optimize costs and improve various aspects of healthcare delivery.

Faculty

You’ll learn from our experienced faculty who are dedicated to your success. They will guide you through coursework and thesis research, and help you align your studies with your career aspiration. The personal attention and support you’ll receive is unparalleled. All members of the full-time Pharmacy faculty have doctoral degrees and wide-ranging expertise. You may also learn from science, neuroscience, and biomedical engineering faculty from WNE.

Faculty

Housing

Western New England University offers campus housing for students in our graduate programs as space allows. Students continuing their studies from WNE undergraduate programs (such as Health Sciences) can apply to live on campus continuously for all 6 years of study.

Graduate Housing