Pharmaceutics Program Requirements & Standards

Prerequisites/Co-Requisites

If you have a BA or BS from a science or health program, you are encouraged to apply. You are also encouraged to take advantage of the online GRE, available year-round at various testing centers. It is expected that you are fluent in both spoken and written English. Please click below for additional course prerequisites:

Master of Science Thesis Option

Only 6 credits at the 300–400 level can be applied towards the degree.  These credits are also listed to aid determination of equivalent prerequisite courses and to plan course loads for full time status.

  • MA101/MA102/MA201 Mathematical Analysis I-III or equivalent to Pre-Calculus, Calculus I-II (10 credits)
  • PH 316/PH 317/PH 318 Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics I/ II/Pharmaceutics lab (8 credits)
  • ST 310 Introduction to Biostatistics or equivalent (3 credits)
  • CH 321 Physical Chemistry I or equivalent (4 credits)
  • MA 320 Differential Equations or equivalent (3 credits)
  • CH 361/CH 363  Analytical Chemistry/ Lab (4 credits)
    or
  • BS 763/767 Cell Biology Methods/ Lab or equivalent (5 credits)
  • PH 398 Research Methods in Pharmaceutics or equivalent (2 credits)

Master of Science Non-Thesis Option

Only 6 credits at the 300–400 level can be applied towards the degree.  These credits are also listed to aid determination of equivalent prerequisite courses and to plan course loads for full time status.

  • MA101/MA102/MA201 Mathematical Analysis I-III or equivalent to Pre-Calculus, Calculus I-II (10 credits)
  • PH 316/PH 317/Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics I and II or equivalent (7 credits)
  • ST 310 Introduction to Biostatistics or equivalent (3 credits)
  • CH 321 Physical Chemistry I or equivalent (4 credits)
  • MA 320 Differential Equations or equivalent (3 credits)
  • CH 361/CH 363 Analytical Chemistry/Lab (4 credits)
    or
  • BS 763/767 Cell Biology Methods/Lab or equivalent (5 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Option

Only credits at the 700 or above level can be applied towards the degree.  The 300–400 level credits are listed to aid determination of equivalent prerequisite courses and to plan course loads for full time status.

  • MA101/MA102/MA 201 Mathematical Analysis I–III or equivalent to Pre-Calculus, Calculus I–II (10 credits)
  • PH 316/PH 317/PH 318 Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics I/ II/Pharmaceutics lab (8 credits)
  • ST 310 Introduction to Biostatistics or equivalent (3 credits)
  • CH 321  Physical Chemistry I or equivalent (4 credits)
  • MA 320  Differential Equations or equivalent (3 credits)
  • CH 361/CH 363  Analytical Chemistry/Lab (4 credits)
    or
  • BS 763/767 Cell Biology Methods/Lab or equivalent (5 credits)
  • PH 398 Research Methods in Pharmaceutics or equivalent (2 credits)

General Pharmaceutics Requirements and Standards

Seminar -- All matriculated Pharmaceutics students are required to attend seminar (PH 890) weekly (fall and spring semesters) and are expected to present one seminar each year in the program.

Advisor -- Selection of a major advisor is by mutual agreement between the student and faculty member.  The advisor for non-thesis MS students may be a faculty member or the program director.

Lab rotations -- A lab rotation course (PH 897) is designed to give students exposure to faculty laboratories to assist them in identification of possible research advisors.

Presentation of research -- Students are expected to present their research at least twice at national meetings, and more frequently at regional and local meetings.

Pharmaceutics comprehensive examination -- The pharmaceutics comprehensive examination is taken within six months of completing required courses.  It has two parts.  A research proposal will be written followed by an oral exam on the proposal and the science involved in the research. Click here for details of the exam and procedure.

Selected College of Graduate Studies Requirements

See the Policies and Procedures document for all College of Graduate Studies requirements.

Grades -- A graduate student is expected to complete each didactic course with a minimum grade of B-.

Time limits -- All MS and PhD degree requirements must be satisfied within five, and eight, calendar years from the date of matriculation, respectively. 

Registration -- All matriculated graduate students are required to register each semester (fall, spring, and summer) for a minimum of one didactic or research credit, or in absentia with permission of the program director.

Dissertation – Upon completion of the research project to the satisfaction of the student’s advisor and advisory committee, the student must submit a formal Ph.D dissertation based on the research.

Dissertation defense – Also known as final examination.  It is an oral defense of the student’s research and is also designed to establish the competency of the student in his/her major or related fields

MS Thesis Option

This degree is awarded upon the completion of at least 20 non-research credits in courses acceptable for the degree and at least 10 research credits.  The courses are from the Required and Program courses listed under the Curriculum and from courses selected by the Research Advisor/ Research Advisory Committee.  A minimum 6 credits at the 800 level, a maximum of 6 credits at the 300 or 400 level, and the remainder at the 700 or 800 level are required.  Registration (for 1 or 0 credits) and participation in Seminar (PH 890) is required each semester, but only one credit may be applied toward the 20 credit requirement. 

MS Non-Thesis Option

This degree is awarded upon the completion of at least 30 credits of courses acceptable for the degree.   These courses are from the Required and Program courses listed under the Curriculum and from courses approved by the Advisor/ Program Director.  A minimum 6 credits at the 800 level, a maximum of 6 credits at the 300 or 400 level, and the remainder at the 700 or 800 level are required.  Registration (for 1 or 0 credits) and participation in Seminar (PH 890) is required each semester, but only one credit may be applied toward the 30 credit requirement.

PhD Program

The requirements for this degree are at least 20 credits of acceptable non-research graduate level courses and at least 20 research credits.  The courses are from the Required and Program courses listed under the Curriculum and from courses selected by the Research Advisor / Research Advisory Committee.  A minimum 6 credits of 800 level courses and the remainder at the 700 or 800 level are required.  Registration (1 or 0 credits) and participation in Seminar (PH 890) is required each semester, but only one credit may be applied toward the 20 non-research credit requirement.