Master of Pharmaceutical Science (MSPS) Program

The Master’s program in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Marshall University School of Pharmacy (MUSOP) provides students with the training and skills required to prepare them for careers in academia, pharmaceutical industry, or public/private research institutions. This program involves an intensive curriculum consisting of didactic courses and research. The program of study is based on the background and career objectives of each student and tailored to meet individual needs.

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The graduates will master the key concepts in the discipline of their interest in pharmaceutical sciences (Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmacology). They will be able to work independently or in collaboration with others in their area of expertise as an investigator. After graduation, they will be prepared for a career as an independent scientists with abilities to:

  • Critically assess the scientific literature.
  • Engage in and conduct original research.
  • Design and implement research experiments to critically test research hypotheses.
  • Conduct research in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Present scientific data using strong verbal and written communication skills.

Degree Options

Both M.S. (thesis) and MA (non-thesis) options are available. Full-time students typically complete the M.S. degree program in two years. The Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Research is comprised of faculty with expertise in Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Analysis, and Pharmacology. The faculty are highly engaged in graduate courses and interdisciplinary research. Prospective M.S. thesis-track students are encouraged to contact faculty about research opportunities in their laboratory.


Applicants are considered for a financial support during the admission evaluation process. A limited number of $12,000/yr stipends with tuition waiver are available for full-time thesis students. Students interested in applying for financial support must submit a completed Application for Graduate Assistantship by April 15 or November 15 for the Fall or Spring semester, respectively. For more information on graduate assistantship and how to apply please visit:

Admission Requirements

  1. All prospective pharmaceutical science graduate students must have earned a bachelor’s degree
  2. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale from the bachelor’s degree granting institution.
  3. A recommended GRE score of at least 50 percentile on both the verbal and quantitative sections and writing score of at least 4.0 OR matriculating students with a recommended PCAT score of 50 Composite percentile or above
  4. Three (3) letters of professional recommendation
  5. International students for whom English is a second language are required to have earned a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 (213 computer based or 80 internet based). An alternative test may be used to demonstrate language proficiency. Please visit for more information.
  6. Submitted all required application fees
  7. Completion of an interview (on-site or online)

Application Instructions

Please submit your application material initially through PharmGrad and if you are selected for an interview, you will be directed to complete a secondary application that includes the graduate application for Marshall University and the submission of official transcripts from your bachelor’s degree granting institution.