Pharmaceutical Sciences, M.A. (Non-Thesis Option)

Admission Requirements

Applications may be submitted under the Graduate applicant link on Marshall University's Admissions website ( Requirements for program admission include: 

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accepted, accredited institution with a recommended degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institution (additional transcripts may be required, at the discretion of the program)
  • No entrance exam is required; however, a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score may be submitted to strengthen an application.
  • Complete an on-site or video interview.
  • International applicants are required to have earned a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 80 or minimal score on an alternative test to demonstrate language proficiency. Please visit the international applicants section under Admissions in this catalog for more information.

Program Requirements 

Requirement for All Degrees

A Plan of Study approved by the student’s advisor must be submitted for approval to the director of graduate studies before the student registers for his or her 12th semester hour. The Plan of Study is a student’s “blueprint” for completing the graduation requirements.

M.A. Degree Requirements for Non-Thesis Option

  • Students must complete the required 32 hours of graduate 500-800 level coursework with a minimum of 16 hours of 600 or higher level courses in any campus college or school.
  • Not more than 4 hours of Graduate Seminar (MSPS 542 Science Seminars) may be used to complete the M.A. program credit requirement.
  • Not more than 4 semester hours credit in Independent Study or Special Topics can be used to complete the elective requirements.

Plan of Study

The following core curriculum courses are required including four one-credit classes of MSPS 54214
Biopharmaceutics I
Biopharmaceutics I
Biopharmaceutics II
Biopharmaceutics II
Prin Dis Drug Action
Prin of Disease & Drug Action
Science Seminars
Eighteen (18) credit hours of electives are required. Electives include, but are not limited to: 18
Grad Research Seminar
Med Chem & Drug Disc
Biopharm 2
Resb Conduct Research
Regulatory Affairs
Special Topics
Pharmcometrics Recitation
Prod Dev by Quality Design
Independent Study
Problem Report
Immunology and Microbiology
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Research Outcomes Patient Care
Special Topics I
Special Topics II
Total Credit Hours32