The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences seeks to produce specialists in pharmaceutics and delivery who use their training to improve drug targeting, action, and safety.
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The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, offered by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences develops specialists in drug development and delivery who use and devise cutting-edge approaches to create and deliver treatments. The main goal of the degree is to improve understanding of how the chemical and physical properties of drugs and their dosage forms affect therapeutic performance in healthy and diseased systems. Students may elect to concentrate on courses focused on novel drug delivery systems; biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics; physical pharmacy and polymeric dosage form development, or drug metabolism. With a strong focus on nanotechnology-based advanced delivery systems that address contemporary needs, these concentrations also give students the opportunity to study with some of the world’s top researchers. Pharmaceutical Sciences students have the option of performing summer industrial internships in some of the most prestigious Boston-area pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Graduates of the program will also be well prepared to enter related PhD programs at the University.
The University is strategically located within the Boston-area biomedical and pharmaceutical/biotech-industry ecosystem.
The MS program provides opportunities for original research experience in department labs, and the option to do a literature or laboratory-based master's thesis for credit.
Northeastern’s School of Pharmacy is consistently ranked first in NIH funding among all private U.S. schools of pharmacy.
The program offers opportunities for experiential learning through Departmental and off-campus co-ops and internships.
Faculty includes industry-practiced scientists in drug discovery.
Those already employed in pharmaceutical/biotechnology careers can take specific courses for advanced training.
Graduates of the Pharmaceutical Sciences program go on to work in labs designing and applying ways to deliver drugs to increase their efficacy and reduce toxicity. Some graduates from the department have established careers as independent:
Industry scientists and administrators (big-pharma, biotech)
Clinical laboratory staff
Academic biomedical researchers
Science teaching faculty
Medical liaison specialists
Pharmaceutical product representatives
Upon completion of the MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences program, students will be able to:
Evaluate critical topics of contemporary focus in the pharmaceutical sciences, including:
Explain current research trends in the pharmaceutical sciences
Apply pharmacological knowledge to inform drug action, application, discovery, or development
Integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge about drugs and their therapeutic value
Produce literature reviews encompassing retrieval, critical analysis, assessment, and written/oral presentation of current topics in the pharmaceutical sciences
Execute experiments in the pharmaceutical sciences that advance our understanding of drugs and their therapeutic application, specifically:
Use methodology and instrumentation for research in the pharmaceutical sciences
Apply experimental techniques to improve pharmacotherapeutic knowledge
Maintain and use data, records, and notes/documentation according to ethical standards of research practice and academic integrity
Identify major themes, knowledge gaps, and research problems regarding the action, application, and discovery/development of therapeutics:
Conceptualize and communicate to diverse constituencies in good oral and written English principal concepts in the pharmaceutical sciences
Judge how social, economic, and ethical issues may impact drug invention and application
Recognize unsatisfied medical needs where new drugs could make a positive impact
Improve healthcare knowledge and outcomes by applying the knowledge gained from the pharmaceutical sciences program including:
Using principles of the pharmaceutical sciences to facilitate drug knowledge/discovery
Predict indications where additional pharmaceutical information is needed to improve disease treatment
"As a Masters student in the Pharmaceutical Science department you want to gain maximum research experience in the lab as well as in the industry. This was why I chose Northeastern. It is an epicenter of research in itself with phenomenal research being conducted in so many labs on campus, as well as being so well connected to the ever growing biotech/pharmaceutical industry in Boston."
Shruti R., current student, MS Pharmaceutical Sciences
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
NOTE: Students who opt to complete 4-credit Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory (PHSC 7010) in the core requirements may complete the degree with 9 elective credits; all other students must complete 11 elective credits.
Thesis Continuation (PHSC 6996) can be taken if additional time is needed to complete the thesis.
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
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University Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Below is a look at where some of our alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
What They Do
Medical Liaison Specialists
Pharmaceutical Product Representatives
What They're Skilled At
Pharmaceutical Industry Practice
Experimental Techniques in: Applied Pharmacology, Medicinal Chemistry and Human Biology
Drug Design, Delivery, Action and Therapeutic Application