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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 Pharmacy thesis advisor in such disciplines as medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, immunology, pharmacogenomics, toxicology, oncology, or cosmeceutical sciences. WNE faculty from related fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience, psychology, or biomedical engineering may also participate in mentoring thesis 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 discover 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, 2021: Rolling

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.
  • Recommendations: A minimum of two evaluator names must be submitted within your PharmGrad application; one recommendation must be from a professor.
  • 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.
    • PharmD applicants can 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
    • Qualified candidates may be invited to participate in an interview and complete a writing sample.
    • A current résumé or CV must be uploaded to the Documents section within PharmGrad.

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).


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.



Western New England University offers campus housing for students in our doctoral 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.

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