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What will I learn?

As a pharmaceutical scientist, you play an important role in discovering and developing new medications that impact lives. In this program, you’ll build on your previous degree in pharmacy, chemistry or biology to explore dosage forms and the release of a drug from the dosage form, and pharmacokinetics, the study of the process by which a drug is absorbed, distributed, metabolized and eliminated by the body.

During this doctoral program, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts in modern laboratories to gain a firm understanding of the materials and technologies associated with pharmaceutical product development, manufacture, and evaluation. You’ll graduate with your terminal degree ready to participate in and lead research to formulate new medications.

Which department am I in?

School of Pharmacy

Study options

Full Time (50 hours)

Start date

September 2022


Worcester Campus

19 Foster Street,



01608, United States

Full Time (50 hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,275 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2022


MCPHS University

Boston Campus,

179 Longwood Avenue,



02115, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For admission to the PhD program, an applicant must have: A master's degree in a related field, Minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

For international students

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • Masters degree in Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biology, or related field
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

Non-lab-based Programs Language Proficiency: MCPHS on-campus EPE – 57; TOEFL iBT – 79; TOEFL ITP – 587; IELTS - 6.5; iTEP - 4.0; PTE Academic – 58.

Lab-based Programs Language Proficiency: MCPHS on-campus EPE – 62; TOEFL iBT – 90; TOEFL ITP – 610; IELTS - 7.0; iTEP - 4.5; PTE Academic – 73.

Application Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as space is limited.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About MCPHS University

Surrounded by global healthcare institutions, MCPHS keeps students motivated and determined to become medical professionals – pre-medical student.

  • #1 university in the U.S. for earning power, WSJ/THE 2018
  • #1 transformative college in the U.S., Money Magazine 2018
  • #9 specialty international institutions, Open Doors 2018
  • #16 most diverse university in the U.S., 24/7 Wall Street

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