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Pharmaceutics M.S.

Graduate Studies in Pharmaceutics
College of Pharmacy
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Contact Information
Department of Pharmaceutics Room 9-177 Weaver-Densford Hall 308 Harvard Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA Phone: 612-624-5151 Fax: 612-626-2125
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Note: Entry to the MS program is available on a restricted basis. Please contact the director of graduate studies to obtain details about admission. The Pharmaceutics program offers emphases in physical pharmacy, biopharmaceutics, and pharmacokinetics.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.20.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) scholastic records, recent GRE scores (with a preferred minimum 80% quantitative reasoning score and 3.5 analytical writing score), a statement of career goals and research interests, and three letters of recommendation. International applicants must submit results from the TOEFL (with a preferred minimum 100 total score and 23 speaking score, and a required minimum 21 writing score and 19 reading score) or IELTS (with a required minimum 6.5 total score, 6.5 reading score, and 6.5 writing score). Prefer "First Class" or the equivalent on transcripts from foreign institutions. All of the above are collectively used to determine each candidate's admissibility. Fall admission is preferred and the deadline to apply is November 30.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 14 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Required Courses
Pharmaceutics Modules
Register for 2 credits of PHM 8295 in the fall and spring for a total of 4 credits.
PHM 8295 - Research Problems in Pharmaceutics (1.0-12.0 cr)
Pharmaceutics Graduate Courses: 84xx
Choose 1 of the following courses:
PHM 8421 - Advanced Pharmacokinetics (4.0 cr)
or PHM 8431 - Controlled Drug and Gene Delivery: Materials, Mechanisms, and Models (4.0 cr)
or PHM 8441 - Solubility and Solid-State Properties of Drugs (3.0 cr)
or PHM 8481 - Advanced Neuropharmaceutics (4.0 cr)
Required Background
Complete this requirement by taking one of the following courses. If PHAR 6726 or 6762 is chosen, or if the faculty accepts previous experience in lieu of background courses, additional elective coursework may be required to meet minimum credit requirements.
PHCL 5110 - Introduction to Pharmacology (3.0 cr)
or PHAR 6726 - Principles of Pharmacology (2.3 cr)
or PHAR 6762 - Medicinal Chemistry and Neuropharmacology (2.8 cr)
Take at least 3 elective credits, in consultation with the advisor, to meet minimum credit requirements. Electives can be from inside or outside the major.
Outside Courses
Take at least 6 credits outside the major, in consultation with the advisor.
Thesis Credits
A total of 10 thesis credits is required.
PHM 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
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PHM 8295 - Research Problems in Pharmaceutics
Credits: 1.0 -12.0 [max 72.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Experimental investigation of problems in pharmaceutics. prereq: instr consent
PHM 8421 - Advanced Pharmacokinetics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Topics in kinetics of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion. Instructor consent required.
PHM 8431 - Controlled Drug and Gene Delivery: Materials, Mechanisms, and Models
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01261 - BMEn 8431/PHM 8431
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Physical, chemical, physiological, cell biological, mathematical principles underlying design of delivery systems for drugs. Small molecules, proteins, genes. prereq: Differential equations course including introduction to partial differential equations or instr consent
PHM 8441 - Solubility and Solid-State Properties of Drugs
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Physical/physicochemical properties of drugs in solid state as related to drug delivery. prereq: Physical chem survey course or instr consent
PHM 8481 - Advanced Neuropharmaceutics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: MVB/NSc/Phm 8481
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Delivery of compounds to central nervous system (CNS) to activate proteins in specific brain regions for therapeutic benefit. Pharmaceutical/pharmacological issues specific to direct drug delivery to CNS. prereq: instr consent
PHCL 5110 - Introduction to Pharmacology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic principles of Pharmacology. Focuses on molecular mechanisms of drug action. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PHAR 6726 - Principles of Pharmacology
Credits: 2.3 [max 2.3]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Builds on information in basic science courses offered in first semester of PharmD program. Foundational content necessary for comprehension/application of all subsequent pharmacotherapy modules that require application of pharmacological concepts/knowledge. prereq: Successful completion of Foundations of SAPh
PHAR 6762 - Medicinal Chemistry and Neuropharmacology
Credits: 2.8 [max 2.8]
Prerequisites: Phar 6722, 6726, and 6732
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Neuropharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry of Neurological Treatments builds upon the foundational concepts learned in Principles of Pharmacology and Principles of Medicinal Chemistry, and applies them to drug classes primarily used for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS) dysfunction. prereq: Phar 6722, 6726, and 6732
PHM 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]