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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The work of developing new drugs to treat diseases begins with the medicinal chemist. During the Pharmaceutical Chemistry, MS (Boston) program offered by the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science , you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts in modern laboratories and learn how to design, synthesize, and analytically examine drug compounds. 

You’ll study how chemical substances behave at a molecular level, and how the chemical properties affect drug kinetics, absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion. And you’ll participate in research directed toward a fuller understanding of pharmacological actions, leading to improved drug design. 

All so you can begin or advance your career with confidence. Students may elect to complete a minor concentration in drug metabolism, integrating the knowledge of drug metabolism, analysis of pharmaceuticals in biological fluids and incubation mixtures, enzyme kinetics, and animal care and use.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Spectroscopic Analysis
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Principles of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Laboratory Rotations
  • Advanced Medicinal Chemistry 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as space is limited.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    31 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

For admission to the MS program, an applicant must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy, Chemistry or Biology preferred
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Scores in the 70th percentile or above in each section of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination/General Test)

Additionally, the following courses are recommended to have been completed with a C or better:

  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Analytical Chemistry with lab
  • Physical Chemistry with lab
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Physiology

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1235 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1235 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1235 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1235 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Tuition is per credit hour.

Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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