Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

The University of Mississippi

Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphasis in pharmaceutics  

Program Description

 The M.S. in pharmaceutical sciences with emphasis in pharmaceutics deals with the science of dosage form design and embraces all facets of the process of turning a new chemical entity into a pharmaceutical product that can be safely and effectively used by patients. Pharmaceutics is a broad discipline within the pharmaceutical sciences dealing with the physical and chemical characterization of new drug substances, the formulation of drug substances into dosage forms, the in vitro and in vivo evaluation of formulations, and the development of robust manufacturing processes. The faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery has expertise in the development of a variety of conventional and novel drug delivery systems including solid and liquid oral dosage forms, topical dosage forms, and advanced formulations for transdermal, ocular, intranasal, inhalation, and targeted delivery. The department has developed a core strength in hot melt extrusion technology for optimizing drug delivery and for advanced manufacturing applications.

Admission

The deadline for application submission is April 1 for Fall admission and October 1 for Spring admission.

Admission to the graduate program in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery is open to superior students with a bachelor’s of science degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, biotechnology or a related area. A “B” average or better in undergraduate coursework is required for consideration for admission. Admission is competitive, so it is unlikely that all students meeting the minimum requirements will be admitted.

Students must submit scores from verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The minimum score varies from year to year depending upon the applicant pool.  However, the average GRE scores of the students admitted within the last 5 years has been 300. International applicants also must take the TOEFL examination and score at least 550 on the paper-based test, 79 on the internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test. Two letters of recommendation, a resume, and a statement of purpose are used to evaluate candidates. You may apply to all of the graduate programs online and get additional application information from the University of Mississippi Graduate School website.

The official transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL scores, statement of purpose, resume and two letters of recommendation should be mailed to:
The University of Mississippi
Graduate School
PO Box 1848
University, MS 38677 USA 

Course Requirements

A Master’s of Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphasis in pharmaceutics requires students to complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis.

Core Courses

  1. Advanced Pharmacokinetics (Phar 760)
  2. Graduate Student Survival Strategies (BMS 601)
  3. Statistics and Experimental Design (Bisc 504 or HP 626)
  4. Product Development (Phar 749)
  5. Formulation Development (Phar 650)
  6. Advanced Pharmaceutics (Phar 741)
  7. Seminar in Current Pharmaceutical Topics (Phar 543, 544)
  8. One or two courses in Chemical Engineering and/or Chemistry & Biochemistry, depending on course availability:
    1. Surfactant Science and Applications (ChE 547)
    2. Introduction to Polymer Science (ChE 543)
    3. Fundamentals of Colloidal Surface Science (ChE 545)
    4. Coating Materials Processing and Applications (ChE 597)
    5. Principals of Physical Chemistry I (Chem 535)
    6. Physical Biochemistry (Chem 534)
  9. Thesis (Phar. 697)

Elective Courses

  1. Stability of Pharmaceutical Systems (Phar 744)
  2. Applied Pharmaceutics (Phar 750)
  3. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (Phar 658)
  4. Problems in Pharmaceutics (Phar 541)
  5. Regulatory Science I (Phar 651)
  6. Regulatory Science II (Phar 652)
  7. Analytical Pharmaceutics (Phar 735)

 Additional courses may be required by the student’s graduate adviser and/or advisory committee. If a required course is unavailable, the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery graduate faculty may approve an alternative course for a particular student.

Other Academic Requirements

A thesis based upon experimental work in the general area of pharmaceutics is required. Prior to the student’s thesis defense, the student must have a minimum of one completed manuscript ready for submission to a referred journal.

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