Pharmaceutical Sciences, M.S. (Thesis Option)

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by April 15 for matriculation in the Fall semester or by November 15 for matriculation in the Spring semester. However, applications will be considered on a rolling basis as long as there is capacity remaining in the program.

Applicants should request that the following materials be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • 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).

Applicant must also have:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accepted, accredited institution with a degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. No entrance exam is required. However, Graduate Record Exam (GRE)  scores may be submitted to strengthen your application. Prior to admission, prospective students must also complete an on-site or video interview.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Additional information is provided on the Graduate College graduate assistantship overview web page:

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Program Requirements

Requirement for All Degrees

A Plan of Study approved by the student’s advisor must be submitted for approval to the Graduate College Dean before the student registers for his or her 12th semester hour. The Plan of Study is a student’s “blueprint” for completing graduation requirements. Students must also have a thesis committee (M.S.) or advising committee (M.A.) consisting of no fewer than three faculty (including the student’s advisor) assembled by the end of their first year. Students must meet with their committees at least once within their first year and at least once per semester (excluding the defense) in subsequent years.

M.S. Degree Requirements for Thesis Option

  • Students must complete the graduate coursework as noted in the following section, including the thesis. The maximum number of credits that may be earned for the thesis is 12 hours.
  • Candidates must register for and participate in MSPS 542 Science Seminars, Graduate Seminar, during each of the semesters in which they are actively enrolled in the graduate program.
  • Not more than 4 hours of Graduate Seminar (MSPS 542 Science Seminars) may be used to complete the M.S. program credit requirement.
  • Successful completion of the master’s program in Pharmaceutical Sciences requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and no more than 6 credit hours of C grades may be applied to the total hours for graduation.
  • Upon completion of course requirements and the thesis, M.S. candidates must pass a comprehensive oral examination.

Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
PHAR 531 Biopharmaceutics I 3
PHAR 521 Integrated Laboratory I 2
MSPS 531 Regulatory Affairs 3
MSPS 512 Med Chem & Drug Disc 1
MSPS 542 Science Seminars 1
 Credit Hours10
Second Semester
PHAR 532 Biopharmaceutics II 3
MSPS 513 Biopharm 2 1
MSPS 542 Science Seminars 1
BMR 664 ORDRC Colloquim 1
MSPS 699 Thesis 3
 Credit Hours9
Second Year
First Semester
PHAR 631 Pharmacometrics 3
MSPS 613 Pharmcometrics Recitation 1
MSPS 699 Thesis 4
MSPS 542 Science Seminars 1
 Credit Hours9
Second Semester
MSPS 542 Science Seminars 1
MSPS 699 Thesis 5
PHAR 632 PPM Leadership 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours37