M.Sc. On Campus

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Northeastern University

24 months
27800 USD/year
27800 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Northeastern University seeks to produce specialists in pharmaceutics and delivery who use their training to improve drug targeting, action, and safety.


The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, offered by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Northeastern University develops specialists in drug development and delivery who use and devise cutting-edge approaches to create and deliver treatments. The main goal of the degree is to improve understanding of how the chemical and physical properties of drugs and their dosage forms affect therapeutic performance in healthy and diseased systems. Students may elect to concentrate on courses focused on novel drug delivery systems; biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics; physical pharmacy and polymeric dosage form development, or drug metabolism.

With a strong focus on nanotechnology-based advanced delivery systems that address contemporary needs, these concentrations also give students the opportunity to study with some of the world’s top researchers. Pharmaceutical Sciences students have the option of performing summer industrial internships in some of the most prestigious Boston-area pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Graduates of the program will also be well prepared to enter related PhD programs at the University.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the Pharmaceutical Sciences program go on to work in labs designing and applying ways to deliver drugs to increase their efficacy and reduce toxicity. 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
  • Cellular Physiology
  • Experimental Design and Biostatistics
  • Human Physiology and Pathophysiology
  • Research Skills and Ethics
  • Ethical Problems in Health Sciences Research
  • Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
  • Advanced Physical Pharmacy
  • Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé
  • TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English
  • Official GRE scores
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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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