M.S. in PSC Program Overview

The 16-month, full-time Master of Science (MS) in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) program integrates basic and applied pharmaceutical sciences with hands-on laboratory research experience to provide students an advanced education and cutting-edge training. The program prepares students for high-level research and leadership positions in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and in the federal government. It is ideal for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering-related field, and are looking to obtain research positions in industry and government. It is also well-suited for students who would like to "‘test the waters" towards completing a doctorate-level degree (PhD). Students will work with an assigned faculty advisor to help tailor their experiences to meet their unique career goals. A thesis is not required for this program.

M.S. in PSC Program at USG

The M.S. in PSC is a program established by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy that is based at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Located less than an hour away from Washington, D.C., the USG campus forges a link between the School of Pharmacy and the rich resources of the I-270 biotechnology corridor. Its campus is just a short drive from premier pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, research labs, and federal agencies that offer potential biopharmaceutical research internships for students.

The completion of a biopharmaceutical research internship and capstone project are hallmarks of the M.S. in PSC program. Through this unique internship experience, students gain direct access to potential future employers in industry and government agencies, as well as hands-on experience in the laboratory that will provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a variety of research and leadership positions after graduation.

For additional information, please visit the M.S. in PSC program website.

Applying to the M.S. in PSC Program at USG

Applications for the M.S. in PSC program are reviewed on a rolling basis. For best consideration, it is strongly recommended that you apply by March 15.

Applications will be accepted until May 1 for international students, and June 1 for U.S. citizens/permanent residents. Please plan accordingly to ensure receipt of all required documents by the deadline. Prospective students must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution. All applicants are required to submit an online application, official transcripts, statement of academic goals and research interests, CV/resume, and three (3) letters of recommendations to be considered for enrollment in the M.S. in PSC. Additional documents are also required for international applicants.

The M.S. in PSC does not require prospective students to submit GRE scores with their application.

For additional information, please visit the How to Apply webpage.

Our program not only equips students with the skills needed to be successful in science research, but also allows them to see what it’s really like to work in the pharmaceutical industry, government labs, and academic labs.
Sarah Michel, PhD, PSC Graduate Program Director