M.Sc. On Campus

Medicinal Chemistry

Northeastern University

24 months
27800 USD/year
27800 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry at Northeastern University integrates aspects of contemporary medicinal chemistry and pharmacology, emphasizing topics most relevant to therapeutics design, discovery, and action.


The Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry program, offered by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Northeastern University, develops students' knowledge in the design, synthesis and the mechanisms of action of novel biologically active compounds using modern biochemical, biophysical, and pharmacological approaches.

The core curriculum focuses on a combination of synthetic organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and pharmacology courses. Through in-depth elective courses, the program offers students the opportunity to develop medicinal chemistry expertise that can be applied to a practice-oriented career in the pharmaceutical industry. Graduates of the program will also be well prepared to enter related PhD programs at the University.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the Medicinal Chemistry program often work in chemistry labs synthesizing new chemical matter as potential drugs. Some graduates from the department have established careers as independent:

  • Industry scientists and administrators (big-pharma, biotech)
  • Clinical laboratory staff
  • Academic biomedical researchers
  • Science teaching faculty
  • Medical liaison specialists
  • Pharmaceutical product representatives
  • Medical writers

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science
  • Research Skills and Ethics
  • Ethical Problems in Health Sciences Research
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Principles of Spectroscopy of Organic Compounds
  • Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Principles of Drug Design
  • The Chemistry and Biology of Drugs of Abuse
  • Behavioral Pharmacology and Drug Discovery
  • Biophysical Methods in Drug Discovery

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


34 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé
  • Official GRE scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English
Undergraduate prerequisite coursework in:
  • General chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry or cell/molecular biology

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 55600 USD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    27800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 55600 USD for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

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


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