StudyQA — PhD: Pharmaceutical Science — Rutgers University


Pharmaceutical Science

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 50.8 k / Year(s) Deadline: Mar 1, 2023
166 place StudyQA ranking:1882 Duration:

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The post-genomic era in pharmaceutical science is one of rapid and exciting change. Research avenues for pharmaceutical scientists—from drug discovery to delivery to response—are wide open, driven by the completion of the Human Genome Project and continual progress in the genomic sequencing of many model organisms. At the forefront of this new era of molecular and cellular pharmaceutics is the graduate program in pharmaceutical science at Rutgers’ Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, ranked among the top programs in this field in the 2010 National Reseearch Council ratings.

Here students find a research environment in which competitive, funded, and cutting-edge work is conducted with a multidisciplinary faculty of respected scientists. Students learn the skills and knowledge demanded by the modern needs of our field, mastering the ability to both:  

  • advance current knowledge in traditional pharmaceutical science and
  • integrate the great strides being made in genomics and molecular and cellular pharmaceutics into a new understanding of pharmaceutical science. 

Scientists graduating from our program enjoy a competitive advantage in pursuing successful careers in academia, regulatory agencies, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

  • Advanced Pharmaceutics 
  • Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamcis 
  • Molecular and Cellular Pharmaceutics
  • MembraneTransporters in Drug Disposition 
  • Dermaceutics 
  • Design of Experiments
  • Ethical Scientific Conduct
  • Independent Research Proposal
  • Seminar in Pharmaceutical Science 
  • Research in Pharmaceutical Science
  • Basic Statistics for Research
  • Introduction to Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacolinetics 
  • Independent Study in Pharmaceutical Science
  • General Toxicology I, II 
  • Biochemical Toxicology
  • Molecular Toxicology 
  • Medicinal Chemistry: Research Techniques and Principles 
  • Principles of Drug Design 
  • Strategies and Tactics in Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry 
  • Drugs: Structure and Function 
  • Introduction to Molecular Modeling 
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 
  • Pharmaceutical Process Design II (Unit Operations) 
  • Pharmaceutical Organic Nanotechnology 
  • Advanced Engineering Pharmaceutical Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and Transport Processes 
  • Regression Analysis 
  • Introduction to Colloid and Interface Science
  • Nanotechnology and Its Applications in Biotechnology and Food 
  • Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology: Principles of Drug Action and Targeting 
  • Online application
  • $70 nonrefundable application fee
  • One official transcript from each postsecondary institution attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE and TOEFL
  • Personal statement

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Most international applicants will not have a Grade Point Average (GPA) that is based on the 4-point scale used in the United States. If this is the case for you, please enter 0.00 on the electronic application. GPA information is used for statistical purposes and your transcripts will clarify your academic achievement.

Scores for TOEFL or IELTS

A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score is required if your undergraduate education was completed in a non-English speaking country. Even if you hold a master's-level degree from a U.S. or other English-speaking country you must still take the TOEFL or IELTS test.

  • Your scores must be current within 2 years of the semester you are applying to.
  • You are exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores if you are a U.S. trained undergraduate or international applicant coming from English-speaking countries with a minimum of 3 years undergraduate education where the mode of instruction was English.
  • If you are missing required test scores, your application will not be reviewed by the graduate admissions committee.
  • The minimum paper-based TOEFL score is 550. The minimum computer-based TOEFL score is 213
  • The minimum IBT-internet based TOEFL is Writing 22, Speaking 23, Reading 21, Listening 17.
  • An acceptable IELTS score is bandwidth 7.
  • Your program may have higher requirements for language intensive areas such as history, English, psychology, and others.  

Financial Documentation

If you have received an offer of admission without financial support, you must submit a Certification of Funds along with financial documentation before you can receive an official certificate of admission and eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019).

Financial documentation is not required for New Brunswick programs until you are offered admission. Financial documents must be original and current, dating no more than 9 months prior to the term of admission.

You must also show proof you can finance your first year of education and living expenses and provide a plan and sources for funding future years.

For single students, awards of assistantships and fellowships by Rutgers generally satisfy the financial certification requirements for admission.

Foreign Student Adviser’s Report (FSAR)

International students recommended for admission who are presently attending a university and are transferring their SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) ID to Rutgers are required to submit a FSAR.

International students on CPT (Curricular Practical Training) and OPT (Optional Practical Training) are required to submit a FSAR.


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  • Global education
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