Pharmaceutical Science and Business (MS)

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Our Master's level class will begin Spring 2018. The application process for this cycle has begun and it is strongly recommended to submit the application by December 1, 2017

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Program Description

The goal of the Master of Pharmaceutical Science and Business Program at York College will be to prepare students for responsible positions in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry management. Opportunities for students successfully completing the program include careers with Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical companies, professional societies, government and international agencies. In this two-year graduate program, students will complete a total of 36 credits toward the degree, of which 24 will be from the common Core Courses and 12 from the optional Elective Courses. Full-time students will be expected to take 9 credits per semester.

Students are expected to choose elective courses based on their career goals, such as:

Pharmaceutical Research and Development for individuals who would like to pursue or enhance a career in the area of drug discovery, biotherapeutics, pharmaceutics, product formulation, manufacturing process development, the design of clinical trials, etc.

Regulation of Pharmaceuticals for individuals who would like to pursue or enhance a career in the area of the US or international regulatory affairs, writing and submission of regulatory applications, compliance, quality assurance, process validation, product labeling, quality control and design of clinical trials related to the regulation of pharmaceuticals, etc.

Pharmaceutical Management for individuals who would like to pursue or enhance a career in pharmaceutical product management, project management, supply chain management, marketing, etc.

Core Courses

CourseDescriptionCredits
PHS501Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development3
PHS502Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development Techniques3
The laboratory courses may be substituted with other elective courses for students with a minimum of 1-year laboratory experience in the industry. 
PHS503Advanced Pharmacology3
PHS504Advanced Biostatistics3
PHS505Foundations of Regulatory Affairs3
PHS506Pharmaceutical Ethics and Intellectual Property Management3
PHS507Pharmaceutical Industry and Business3
PHS508Pharmaceutical Science and Business Capstone Project3
This course is in lieu of a Master's Thesis and Comprehensive Exam. 

Elective Courses

CourseDescriptionCredits
Elective courses are 3 credits each; total requirement is 4 courses (12 credits) to be chosen from the following:12
PHS509Biotherapeutics3
PHS510Advanced Pharmaceutics3
PHS511Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development3
PHS512Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance, Process Validation and Controls3
PHS513Design of Clinical Trials3
PHS514Advanced Toxicology3
PHS515International Regulatory Affairs3
PHS516Pharmaceutical Product Labeling3
PHS517Writing and Submission of Regulatory Applications3
PHS518Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management3
PHS519Pharmaceutical Marketing3
PHS520Pharmaceutical Product Management3
PHS521Pharmaceutical Project Management3

Admission Requirements

  1. An earned bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Science, Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology or other closely related disciplines from an accredited institution.

    Before applying, the applicants should have already completed the following courses:

    Required Courses

    • General Chemistry I and II
    • Biology I and II
    • Organic Chemistry I
    • University Physics I
    • Calculus I

    Preferred Courses

    • Organic Chemistry II
    • Biochemistry
    • Physical Chemistry I (thermodynamics)
    • Basic Pharmacology

    Conditional acceptance may be offered to candidates that do not have preferred courses.

  2. A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0
  3. Application to CUNY requiring:
    • A personal statement (not more than 1,500 words)
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • A current resume
    • Official transcript(s) from all universities and colleges attended.
    • A nonrefundable $125 application fee payable by check or money order to York College Office of Admissions.

Undergraduate science students (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or others) who apply to the M.S. program in Pharmaceutical Science and Business in addition to meeting the GPA criteria and strong recommendations may have to meet additional course requirements.

Proof of proficiency in the English language (TOEFL and IELTS) is required for all applicants:

  1. Whose first language is not English, and
  2. Who was educated in a country where English is not the official language.

This requirement is not based on country of citizenship or permanent residency, but on the two stated conditions.

Selection Process

York College Office of Admissions will gather and screen the applications for minimum requirements, initial processing, and GPA calculation. Admissions decisions will be made by the Graduate Advisory Committee of the department. In some cases, applicants may be invited for an on-site interview.