Pharmaceutical Sciences, M.S.

Admission Requirements

Applications may be submitted under the Graduate applicant link on the 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 website ( for more information.

Graduate Assistantships

All M.S. applicants will be considered for funding (up to $12K/year stipend plus tuition waiver) after the requirements for enrollment have been met (e.g., transcripts, recommendation letters, interview etc.). There are a limited number of graduate assistantships offered on a competitive basis and there is no application to apply for funding. Once a student is enrolled into the M.S. program, the Admissions Committee will review their credentials to determine if program funding will be extended. 

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 graduation requirements. Students must also have a thesis committee (M.S.) 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 MSPS 699 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 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.
  • No more than 12 credit hours of PHAR courses may be applied towards the degree.

Plan of Study

The following courses are required:
MSPS 561Biopharmaceutics I3
or PHAR 531 Biopharmaceutics I
MSPS 562Biopharmaceutics II3
or PHAR 532 Biopharmaceutics II
MSPS 544Prin Dis Drug Action4
or PHAR 544 Prin of Disease & Drug Action
MSPS 542Science Seminars4
MSPS 699Thesis12
Six credit hours of electives are required. Electives include, but are not limited to:6
Biopharm 2
Prod Dev by Quality Design
Research Outcomes Patient Care
Immunology and Microbiology
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Independent Study
Problem Report
Special Topics
Total Credit Hours32