College of Pharmacy

MSPS Curriculum

To graduate, students must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours including 8 credit hours of the two core courses, 8 credit hours of Graduate Seminar, 4 credit hours of Electives, and 20 credit hours of Research and Thesis.


Required Core Courses

Course TitleCatalog #SemesterSemester Credits
Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences I (APS I)MSPS 5101Fall4
Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences II (APS II)MSPS 5102Spring4

Required Non-core Courses

Course TitleCatalog #SemesterSemester Credits
Research and ThesisMSPS 6000Fall/Spring5
Graduate SeminarMSPS 5999Fall/Spring2

Elective Courses

Course TitleCatalog #SemesterSemester Credits
Novel Dosage FormsMSPS 6101Fall/Spring4
Advanced PharmacologyMSPS 6302Fall/Spring4
Advanced PharmacokineticsMSPS 6201Fall/Spring4
Advanced Immunology-Molecular BiologyMSPS 6401Fall/Spring4

Sample Degree Schedule

Below is an example of what a typical degree schedule will look like. A student’s actual schedule will be determined by the student’s thesis committee.


Fall, Year 1Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences I (APS I)4
Graduate Seminar4
Spring, Year 1Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences II (APS II)4
Graduate Seminar2
SummerPaid Summer ResearchNo credit
Fall, Year 2Elective I4
Graduate Seminar2
Spring, Year 2Elective II4
Graduate Seminar2


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Course Descriptions

Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences I (APS I): General overview of the Pharmaceutical Sciences taught by a number of department faculty.

Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences II (APS II): General overview of the Pharmaceutical Sciences taught by a number of department faculty.

Research and Thesis: Laboratory and literature research directed toward the completion of the student’s thesis.

Graduate Seminar: Selected study topics in the pharmaceutical sciences. Required of all M.S. students in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Novel Dosage Forms: Theoretical basis and design of controlled release and site specific drug delivery systems such as transdermals, microspheres, liposomes and monoclonal antibodies.

Advanced Pharmacology: This advanced elective will address concepts and principles of neuronal identity and function that are germane to pharmaceutical sciences. Principles will be introduced followed by experimental applications. The course will integrate molecular, cellular, and behavioral concepts when applicable. Course topics include chemical and electrical transmission, neurotransmitter chemistry, neuroreceptor pharmacology and signal transduction mechanisms, structure and function of ion channels and ligand binding sites, synaptic plasticity with an introduction to electrophysiology. Relevant and recent primary literature articles will be introduced for reading and subsequent group discussion.

Recommended textbook: The Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology by Cooper et al.

Recommended behavioral textbook: Drugs, Brains and Behavior, a textbook of behavioral pharmacology by C. R. Timmons and L. W. Hamilton. Available in its entirety at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey or Drew University.

Advanced Pharmacokinetics: Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles and methods used to study absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs.

Advanced Immunology-Molecular Biology: This course will challenge the student in areas of both Immunology and Molecular Biology through study of the primary research literature and laboratory experience.