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.


It takes an estimated 10-15 years and more than $1 billion to successfully 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
The M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences is a 33 credit, two year degree program that provides foundational coursework in the areas of pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, toxicology, and pharmacokinetics.

The program includes a variety of required and elective courses that allow students to achieve individual academic goals, in the context of either a thesis or non-thesis option.

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. This path is ideal for those interested in working as research scientists or pursuing Ph.D. or M.D. degrees.

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 students must take 30 credits of coursework and complete a 3 credit capstone writing project.
Master's in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Research and Thesis Project
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.

Students enrolled in the thesis track work side-by-side with research graduate faculty in areas such as drug discovery and development, molecular modeling, chemical synthesis, in vitro and in vivo studies of drug mechanisms and pharmacological actions, pharmacokinetic analysis, and the transport and absorption of nanopharmaceuticals. Recent master's students' projects include:

- Determination of Synergistic Antioxidiant Acitivty of α- and δ- Tocopherylcarbamate Co-drugs on lipid Peroxidation in Skin (Faculty Advisor: Martha Hass, Ph.D.)
- Effect of Hedgehog Signaling Pathway on VDUP1 Expression in Human Embryonal Palatal Mesenchymal (HEPM) and Colon Cancer (HT-29) Cell Lines (Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey Voigt, Ph.D.)
- Molecular Basis of Histone Acetyl-lysine Recognition by the BRPF1 Bromodomain (Faculty Advisor: Karen Glass, Ph.D.)
- Vitamin D3 up-regulated protein 1 (VDUP1) contributes to neural fate specification during Drosophila brain development (Faculty Advisor: Richard Dearborn, Ph.D.)
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
Discovery Spotlight
“I chose medicine more than anything because I want to help people.”
Brandon LaPorte, ACPHS Class of 2018

Brandon LaPorte '17 B.S. and M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Discovery Spotlight
Jonathan Lloyd chose ACPHS because he "wanted to do research with a professor whose work he found exciting." He found that person in Associate Professor Karen Glass where together they are helping push the field of cancer research forward.
 Jonathan Lloyd, ACPHS Class of 2017

Jonathan Lloyd '17 Master's in Pharmaceutical Sciences (VT Campus)

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