Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD, MS)

Program Overview

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a Master of Science and a PhD program in pharmaceutical sciences that are designed to educate the next generation of scientists in the use, development and emerging technologies to advance research in the fields of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. These programs prepare graduates for research and active scholarship that will extend the knowledge base of pharmaceutical sciences in the areas of drug target discovery, drug testing and drug delivery. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers in a variety of scientific fields in industry and academic, as well as for healthcare leadership positions.

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

The final semester of the 1.5 year MS program allows for a research project, internship, and/or elective coursework depending on availability of placements and students’ interests, such as in laboratories, industry or entrepreneurial enterprises. The PhD program is interdisciplinary with strong research and resource capabilities, where students can learn in laboratories and from faculty members in many different areas, particularly those that delve into drug target discovery, drug development, biomarker development, clinical trials, pharmacogenomics, medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutics.

After You Graduate

Graduates of the MS program will be particularly well-suited for the life-sciences sector and technology services organizations. PhD graduates will be prepared for academic, government and industrial research positions. Training in entrepreneurism will also play a critical role in these programs, preparing graduates to address the rapid growth in biomedical and pharmaceutical startup companies and to provide consultation and technical advisory services to law firms, venture capitalists and the financial services industry. Graduates may also find themselves working in government in areas such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
    • 12 or more credits in higher level chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physiology, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, genetics and/or related area are required.
    • GPA of 3.0 or above, with a science GPA of 3.0 or above, is required.
  • 500-word personal statement that specifically addresses your research interests and professional goals with a mention of possible current Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD faculty member(s) whose current research may best coincide with your background and interests
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores are optional

International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Duolingo* scores)
    • *In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at Binghamton University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency through the 2023 application cycle.
This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.


Degree Fall Spring
Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD)Rolling (March 15 Recommended)N/A
Pharmaceutical Sciences (MS)Rolling (March 15 Recommended)N/A

For more information, visit the Pharmaceutical Sciences website.