Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutics

Location: Boston, Worcester
Start Term: Fall

As a pharmaceutical scientist, you play an important role in discovering and developing new medications that impact lives. In this program, you’ll build on your previous degree in pharmacy, chemistry or biology to explore dosage forms and the release of a drug from the dosage form, and pharmacokinetics, the study of the process by which a drug is absorbed, distributed, metabolized and eliminated by the body.

During this doctoral program, 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 graduate with your terminal degree ready to participate in and lead research to formulate new medications.  

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • Masters degree in Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biology, or related field
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Scores in the 70th percentile or above in each section of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination/General Test)

In addition to the MS degree requirements, PhD students complete: 

PSB880 Research 7
Electives 5
Minor 8

*Time & credit approved by major professor.

Total credits to complete degree requirements: 50 semester hours

Elective Courses for MS & PhD programs

PSB 807 Unit Operations (w/ lab) 3
PSB 815 Drug Metabolism 3
PSB 822 Enzyme Kinetics 2
PSB 824 Colloidal & Interfacial Phenomena (w/ lab) 3
PSB 840 Advanced Biopharmaceutics 3
PSB 850 Pharmacogenomics 3
PSB 860 Chromatography 2
PSB 861 Chromatography Laboratory I 1

*Electives in other appropriate subject areas may be taken with the approval of the major advisor.

Suggested Minors: Analytical Chemistry, Business Administration, or Drug Regulatory Affairs