Biomedical Science (PhD)


Address unsolved medical needs with novel therapeutic approaches.

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a PhD program in biomedical sciences that focuses on the cross-disciplinary integration of human (patho)biology with drug action, invention, and clinical utility.

The biomedical sciences curriculum involves coursework and original research in areas including drug design and profiling, toxicology, and pharmaceutical biochemistry/cell biology aimed at increasing our understanding of how unsolved medical needs may be addressed by novel therapeutic approaches.

This degree is appropriate for those entering the field as well as people currently employed as research technicians, clinical laboratory workers, and science teachers/administrators.

The flexibility of the biomedical sciences program and its interdisciplinary nature can enhance job performance in a present position and invite new employment opportunities.

The main goal of the degree is to improve understanding of how the chemical and physical properties of drugs and their dosage forms affect therapeutic performance in healthy and diseased systems. Students may elect to concentrate on courses focused on novel drug delivery systems; biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics; physical pharmacy and polymeric dosage form development; or drug metabolism.

With a strong focus on nanotechnology-based advanced delivery systems that address contemporary needs, these concentrations also give students the opportunity to study with some of the world’s top researchers. Students have the option of performing summer industrial internships in some of the most prestigious Boston-area pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Graduates of the program will also be well prepared to enter related PhD programs at the university.

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Degree type:
– Biomedical Science (PhD)

Study options:
– On ground (Boston Campus)

– Fall semester admissions only
– Full-time

Application deadlines:
Dec 6

GRE: Required

F1 Eligible: Yes

Please Note: PhD students in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences may not request enrollment deferrals. If you are admitted for a given term but wish to be considered for a future term instead, you must re-apply to the program in order to be considered for admission and funding. 

Biomedical Science (PhD)

Sample Curriculum

Please note that the curriculum is subject to change. For complete information about the curriculum, please refer to the university’s academic catalog.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have at least two semesters of undergraduate courses (or their equivalent) in each of the following:

Please send all required documents directly to the PharmGrad Application portal.
Here is additional information on how to submit documents.​

Admissions Checklist

A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in biology, chemistry, medical technology, pharmacy, chemical engineering or a related field.

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional)

Personal statement of goals and expectations.
Please see application for details.


TOEFL (International Students)

GRE scores are required

Official transcript from baccalaureate program and all college coursework. Applicants who have degree coursework from institutions outside of the United States must submit a credential evaluation. We require the iCAP WES package (World Education Services, Inc.) that evaluates your transcripts course by course.

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