Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

The University of Mississippi

Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphasis in Industrial Pharmacy

Program Description

The M.S. in pharmaceutical sciences with emphasis in Industrial Pharmacy is a non-thesis track program designed to provide fundamental and applied knowledge of industrial pharmacy to prepare B.S. level chemical engineers and scientists (pharmacy, biology and chemistry) for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. All students enrolled in the program will take a core set of courses in the first year.

Students will select one of two specialty tracks for year two. The first track is a specialty in regulatory sciences. These students will obtain the knowledge and skills required to pursue a position in regulatory affairs or quality assurance.

The second track is a specialty in product development and manufacturing. These students will obtain the knowledge and skills required to pursue a position in formulation development, process development, manufacturing or quality control.  In the second year, students will take electives based on their area of specialty. 

All students will take a Special Projects course where they will be assigned small projects with short timelines to prepare them for industry.


The deadline for application submission is June 1 (rolling) for Fall admission and October 1 (rolling) for Spring admission.

Admission to the graduate program in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery is open to superior students with a bachelor 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). However, the Graduate School approved to waive the GRE score requirement for 2021 Spring and Fall terms due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 the graduate programs online and get additional application information from the University of Mississippi Graduate School website.

The official transcripts, 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 Industrial Pharmacy requires students to complete a minimum of 28 semester hours of course work and 8 project hours.

Core Courses 

  1. Applied 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 (Ch E 547)
    2. Introduction to Polymer Science (Ch E 543)
    3. Colloid Surface Science (Ch E 545)
    4. Coating Materials Processing and Applications (Ch E 597)
    5. Principals of Physical Chemistry I (Chem 535)
    6. Physical Biochemistry (Chem 534)
  9. Special Projects (Phar 696)

Elective Courses

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

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.

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