Master of Science in Pharmaceutics (MS)

School of Pharmacy

Location: Boston, Worcester
Start Term: Fall

Gain the advanced chemical, biological, and technical knowledge you need to discover and develop new medications and drug delivery technologies that improve lives.

Prepare for Research into New Medications or Position Yourself for Doctoral Study

In this two- to three-year program at our Boston and Worcester campuses, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts in modern laboratories to gain a firm understanding of the materials and technologies associated with pharmaceutical product development, manufacture, and evaluation. You’ll study dosage forms and the release of drugs from dosage form as well as pharmacokinetics—the process by which a drug is absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and eliminated by the body. You’ll also have the option of enrolling in our non-thesis Master of Pharmaceutics. This four-semester program will provide you with the in-depth knowledge you need in the areas of formulation and drug delivery. Both programs start in the fall.

Your Two- to Three-Year Journey

Our research-and-development focused curriculum prepares you to contribute to breakthroughs and enhancements in the composition, delivery, and safe usage of life-saving drugs. This program is STEM-designated, qualifying international students for an additional two years of OPT work in the United States.

First-Year Experience

  • learn the principles of pharmaceutical sciences
  • study physical pharmacy, pharmacokinetics, and pharmaceutical dosage forms
  • participate in related laboratory rotations and graduate seminars
  • engage research in your desired area of specialization

Second-Year Experience

  • study advanced biopharmaceutics and advanced statistics
  • explore controlled and targeted drug delivery
  • focus on research in a desired area of specialization
  • continue to participate in related graduate seminars

Breakthroughs that Improve Outcomes

As a pharmaceutical scientist, you’ll work at the frontier of drug analysis, creation, and production.

Mentorship Launches Career

How MCPHS mentorship helped Hardik Goswami PHEP '19 launch a career at Merck.

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$96k average salary

Pharmaceutical scientist compensation reported by in 2022.

MCPHS: A healthcare think tank

Learning health sciences at a university dedicated to the advancement of healthcare means that you are surrounded by peers who share your commitment to making a healthier world. Watch students talk about their MCPHS experience. 

MCPHS Student Experience

Developing Future Leaders in the Pharmaceutical Sciences

Graduate-level degree programs within the School of Pharmacy at MCPHS are meant for those looking to make a difference in the pharmaceutical industry. See how students advance their knowledge and refine their skills through hands on experiences in state-of-the art laboratories under the guidance of our expert faculty.
Students collaborating in lab space

Students Publish with Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor

Professor Swati Betharia, PhD in Pharmacology ’11, led a research team of undergraduate and graduate students to a key finding on neuroprotection against metal toxicity.

Graduate Degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences 

As well as the MS in Pharmaceutics, we offer five additional opportunities for graduate study at the master’s, doctoral, and certificate levels.

Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry

Two-year, full-time program on the Boston campus.

Master of Science in Clinical Research

Flexible full-time or part-time program on the Boston campus and online.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

Flexible three-course program on the Boston campus and online.

Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry

Three-year, full-time program on the Boston campus.

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutics

50-credit, full-time program on the Boston and Worcester campuses.