The Master of Science (MS) in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy provides advanced education and cutting-edge training to prepare students for high-level research and leadership positions in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and in the federal government.

The 16-month, full-time program based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md., integrates basic and applied pharmaceutical sciences with hands-on laboratory research experience.

Completion of a biopharmaceutical research internship and capstone project are hallmarks of the program. Students will work with an assigned faculty advisor to help tailor these experiences to meet their unique career goals. A thesis is not required for this program.

About the MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Watch this three-minute video to learn more about the benefits of pursuing your MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

The MS in PSC builds on the School of Pharmacy's more than 175-year reputation of advancing scientific knowledge across the spectrum of drug discovery and development.

Students enrolled in the MS in PSC will be able to:

  • Get on the Fast Track to Employment: The knowledge and skills that students gain will help prepare them for careers planning experiments, conducting investigations, performing quality assurance, and a variety of other operational roles at pharmaceutical companies and in the government.
  • Study at a Prime Location: The School of Pharmacy's campus at the Universities at Shady Grove is just a short drive from premier pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, research labs, and federal agencies that offer potential biopharmaceutical research internships for students.
  • Learn from Leaders in the Field: Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their research fields. Students will work directly with a faculty advisor to tailor their biopharmaceutical research internship and capstone project to meet their individual interests.
  • Access State-of-the Art Facilities: Students conducting research at the School of Pharmacy can take advantage of our cutting-edge centers and facilities, including the Computer-Aided Drug Design Center, Mass Spectrometry Center, Bio- and Nano-Technology Center, the Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation, and more.

Students enrolled in the MS in PSC program will complete a biopharmaceutical research internship and capstone project under the guidance of researchers and scientists in academia, industry, or government.

The knowledge and skills that graduates gain during their time in the MS in PSC program will help prepare them for careers planning experiments, conducting investigations, performing quality assurance, and a variety of other operational roles at pharmaceutical companies and in the government.