Pharmaceutical Sciences

Master of Science

Why study Pharmaceutical Sciences?

Students interested in obtaining a full-time research-based MS degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences are expect to generate innovative research findings under the guidance of a program training faculty with funded research activities.

This degree is obtained by selecting one of the three tracks listed below:

Biopharmaceutics (soon to be Biomembrane Sciences) Track

The goal of the Biopharmaceutics track is to develop scientists who are skilled in molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying development, growth, and barrier properties of biological membranes as relevant to the etiology and treatment of disease.

Research projects explored by graduate students affiliated with the Biopharmaceutics track cover a broad range of drug delivery strategies, safety and efficacy evaluation of cosmetic products, development and experimental assessment of mathematical models underlying membrane transport, molecular pharmaceutics leading to innovative drug formulations, rational design of nanocarriers, as well as skin and hair development.

Pharmacology (soon to be Experimental Therapeutics) Track

The goal of the Pharmacology track is to train scientist with broad-based expertise in preclinical /clinical pharmaceutical sciences for the purpose of effectively translating novel therapeutic entities into the clinic.

Research projects explored by graduate students affiliated with the Pharmacology track cover cancer biomarkers, neuropharmacology of drugs of abuse (e.g., MDMA), stroke, and epilepsy, neurotoxicity, cancer pharmacokinetics, and drug metabolism.

Social & Administrative Science (soon to be Health Outcomes) Track

The goal of the Social & Administrative Science track is to train interdisciplinary scholars with expertise in pharma-ceutical sciences, economics, business and quantitative analysis who can apply these skills to con-duct research for improving the health of patients. This relatively new research area is expanding rapidly due to increased demand from the pharmaceutical industry for qualified scientists with a background in the social and administrative areas of pharmaceutical sciences.

Research projects explored by graduate students affiliated with the Social & Administrative Science track cover a broad range of drug safety topics, pharmacovigilance, drug utilization, pharmacy facility design and operation, as well as pharmacoeconomics.

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).

Unofficial transcripts are sufficient to make offers of admission. However, all official and final transcripts must be received by the Graduate School by 30 days before the start of class enrollment to secure admission offer.

Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application and sent to:

University of Cincinnati
Graduate School
110 Van Wormer Circle
Pox Office Box 00627
Cincinnati, Oho 45221-037

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation (applicants are encouraged to seek letters from individuals who can comment on research experience). Letters of recommendation from family, friends, current students, politicians, or clergy are not accepted.

Non-Matriculated Students

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

  • 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 courses
  • Successful upload of chair-signed MS Thesis through the Graduate School EDT portal by specified deadline (for research-intensive students only)

Chinese Student Applicants: All applicants with transcripts from Chinese institutions will need to have their official, final transcripts verified.

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

Application Deadline is March 1st.

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

For questions, please reference the FAQ section or contact pharmsci@uc.edu.

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

Contact Information

Bingfang Yan
231 Albert Sabin Way
3205 Medical Sciences Building
Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 558-6172
yanbg@ucmail.uc.edu