Master of Science

Pharmaceutical Sciences

For those who love research, there’s just something about a lab. The sounds, the smells, the possibility of discovery. And while breakthroughs don’t happen often, when they do, there’s no greater reward. Because it means you may be one step closer. To identifying a cause. To explaining an action. To finding a cure.

Master's in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
It takes an estimated 10-15 years and over $1 billion to bring a new drug to market today.

Whether you work in a lab or an office, if you want to be successful in this industry, it is critical that you have a thorough understanding of the scientific disciplines required for the discovery, development, and evaluation of new drugs.

Our master’s program in Pharmaceutical Sciences – offered on both the Albany and Vermont Campuses – provides precisely this type of education.

Through thesis and non-thesis options, we have created a curriculum with the flexibility to meet the needs of the aspiring research scientist as well as the working professional looking to advance their career in the biomedical or pharmaceutical industry.
Master's in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Each student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences program must choose one of two tracks – Pharmacology (how the drug works) or Pharmaceutics (does the drug go to the right place).

Both tracks offer thesis and non-thesis options with the expected completion time for each being two years.

Thesis students must complete 23 credits of coursework, 8 credits of thesis research, and a 2 credit research rotation, in addition to writing and defending a thesis.

The non-thesis option is geared toward those individuals who would like to accelerate their careers in industry but who are not necessarily interested in performing research themselves. Non-thesis option take 30 credits of coursework plus a 3 credit capstone writing project.
Master's in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Research Opportunities
The program’s small size (typically 7-10 students per year) allows students interested in research to work closely with faculty. This accessibility and the resulting opportunities to hone your research skills are one of the program’s greatest strengths.

If you select the thesis option, you will spend the first two weeks of the fall semester meeting with faculty and learning about their research interests. After this time, you will submit names of 2-3 faculty members whom you are interested in working with, and then spend the rest of the semester rotating through their labs to get a feel for the type of research you could be doing.

By the end of the spring semester, you will submit a written proposal outlining your proposed thesis project. Once approved, you will spend the remainder of the year and the bulk of your second year working on the project with your faculty advisor. Prior to graduation, you will present and defend your thesis before a group of faculty and peers.
Master's in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Study in Albany or Vermont
Depending on your interests – both academic and geographic – you may pursue the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences on either our Albany or Vermont Campus.

In Albany, research strengths include drug delivery, drug discovery, bioanalytical technologies, cell signaling, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and neuroscience. Students also have access to the College’s Pharmaceutical Research Institute (PRI) which is based in nearby Rensselaer and whose work explores the application of nanotechnology in the areas of drug design and delivery.

At our campus in Colchester, Vermont, there is a strong concentration of research faculty in the field of epigenetics, which explores the field of gene regulation and the mechanisms for manipulating the body’s natural actions. Other areas of research emphasis include the Molecular and Cellular Biology of anticancer drugs and the use of computer modeling to predict how new drug candidates are likely to behave in the body.
Master's in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Life After ACPHS
Below is a list of some of the employment and educational opportunities pursued by graduates of the Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences program. Click the below link to view a more extensive list of outcomes.

- Pfizer
- Beech-Nut Nutrition

THESIS (Employment)
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
- Albany Molecular Research Inc.

THESIS (Ph.D. Programs)
- Tufts University
- Rutgers University