Pharmaceutical Sciences : Pharmaceutics/Drug Dev


Why study Pharmaceutical Sciences : Pharmaceutics/Drug Dev?

The Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphasis on Pharmaceutics/Drug Development (MSDD) is a two-year, online degree. Tailored to meet the aspirations of working professionals, the program can be completed on a part-time basis with coursework offered as an online learning basis.

A collaboration between academia, industry and government, the MSDD provides cross-disciplinary training in the scientific and regulatory and business aspects of drug development. Graduates are uniquely prepared to participate in the multidisciplinary process to translate a therapeutic concept from lab bench to bedside.

Admission Requirements

Students who have earned at least an undergraduate degree in chemistry, biology, engineering or related disciplines from an accredited institution are eligible to apply for admission to the full-time, research-intensive MS program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Similarly, applicants with a completed professional degree such as a PharmD, MD, or DVM meet eligibility requirements. Applicants interested in the MS degree can directly apply for the MS track without first obtaining a MS degree. Selection for full-time research-intensive graduate training under the supervision of a qualified Program Faculty is competitive (average GRE score for admitted full-time MS students for the past two years was 308/4.0). Apply to the MS Program.

Programmatic minimum admission criteria include:

  • A U.S. bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from foreign country.
  • A grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 or foreign equivalent.
  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 290/3.0 obtained within the past 5 years.
  • If English is not your native language, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 90 (internet-based) or 235 (computer-based) is required.

Supplemental Application Documents

Consideration for admission requires completion of a University Graduate Application and electronic submission the following documents:

  • Curriculum
  • Statement of Purpose (Why do you plan to pursue a research-intensive PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Cincinnati? What is your desired research focus area within the broad field of Pharmaceutical Sciences? 

Transcript information

All college transcripts with evidence of high academic achievement (undergraduate and graduate if applicable; unofficial transcript is sufficient for initial review process)

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation (applicants are encouraged to seek letters from individuals who can comment on research experience).

Non-Matriculated Students

If you are interested in exploring Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate-level courses without formal matriculation, please complete the basic data form.

As an important goal of global outreach, UC College of Pharmacy has initiated an exciting novel collaboration with Xiamen University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Faculty members from both institutions co-operatively developed a curricular plan tailored to best suit the background and needs of Xiamen University students.

To learn more about this partnership, visit

  • Completion of Plan of Study
  • Successful passing of MS Thesis
  • Compliance with degree-required seminar and journal club credit hours per semester
  • Cumulative grade point average of all didactic courses ≥3.0
  • Min of 30 credit hrs from track-based curriculum outline
  • No failing “F” grade in any of the degree-associated graduate course

If English is not your native language, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 90 (internet-based) or 235 (computer-based) is required.

Application Deadlines

You may apply at any point with our year-round admission process.

All application documents must be submitted electronically through the online portal at the Graduate School Apply Now. Please carefully select the degree path of interest when completing the online application as application documents cannot be switched between different tracks.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Pankaj Desai
231 Albert Sabin Way
3205 Medical Sciences Building
Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 558-0723

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Program Code: 25MAS-PCEU-MS-PCEU-PDD