Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Mercer University College of Pharmacy now offers a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences: a 30 credit, two-year, laboratory-based degree program that offers a thesis or non-thesis track. Students in the non-thesis track have the option of completing their degree on campus or by synchronous remote learning.

Pharmaceutical sciences research is increasingly important to the health care industry and aims to optimize patient health and improve drug delivery through innovations in research. This degree program will prepare students with concrete skills and competencies to make them competitive for careers as a level 1 research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, governmental agencies or academia.

Projected Schedule:
Semester 1
PHA 742 Foundation in Pharm. Sci.
PHA 749 Introduction to Research
PHA 798 Thesis Research
PHA 799 Non-Thesis Project

Semester 2
PHA 715 Pharmacokinetics
PHA 798 Thesis Research
PHA 799 Non-Thesis Project

Semester 3
PHA 798 Thesis Research
PHA 799 Non-Thesis Project

Semester 4
PHA 743 Foundation in Research
PHA 745 Statistical Methods
PHA 797 Graduate Seminar

Semester 5
PHA 744 Scientific Writing
PHA 798 Thesis Research

Semester 6
PHA 799 Non-Thesis Project
PHA 798 Thesis Research
PHA 799 Non-Thesis Project

Program Director

Dr. D’Souza is a nationally known expert in nanotechnology whose laboratory focuses on the design of novel patented technologies to deliver nano vaccines via oral-, buccal-, parenteral- and microneedle-based transdermal routes. He has developed two potential dry particulate vaccines, one for gonorrhea and another for ovarian cancer, which was the first ovarian cancer vaccine to reach clinical trials. He joined Mercer University College of Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences.

Who Should Apply?

Professionals from a variety of health care backgrounds, such as
•Pharmaceutical industry professionals
•Government agency professionals
•Pharmacy students, who will waive 8 credits for Foundations in Pharm. Sci. and Pharmacokinetics

Admission Requirements

Potential applicants are required to complete a bachelor’s degree program or higher, completing courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants are required to submit their application through PharmGrad application service. For an applicant from a country where the primary language is other than English, TOEFL or IELTS scores are required.


$750 per credit hour + technology fee of $150/semester
Total estimated tuition = $23,400

Financial Aid Eligibility

Master’s degree students are eligible for private and federal loans.

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