Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery (MS)


Use cutting-edge approaches to create and deliver medicine.

The Master of Science in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, offered by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, develops specialists in drug development and delivery who use and devise cutting-edge approaches to create and deliver treatments.

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
  • 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:
– MS in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

Study options:
– On ground (Boston Campus)

– Fall semester admissions only
– *Full-time or part-time

Application deadlines:
International Students: Jun 1
Domestic Students: Aug 1

GRE: Optional

F1 Eligible: Yes

*International students must be full-time only

MS in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery


All Master’s programs in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences require a set of core courses taken by every MS student, regardless of program.

In addition, students in each program are required to take a defined set of discipline-specific courses and several general electives. The number of specialized and elective courses differs somewhat among programs. Students are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.000 (B) or higher in all coursework and cover 33 total semester hours.

The MS degree may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis and may include an optional research thesis.

The curriculum includes opportunity for laboratory coursework and instruction in experimental design and data analysis.

International students are required to attend the program on a full-time basis. Students are expected to complete the degree requirements within two years if enrolled on a full-time basis, or within three to five years if enrolled on a part-time basis. 


Internships provide an experiential component of the graduate curriculum that fosters professional development through work in industry and hospitals. In order to participate in an internship, students must:

  • Complete two semesters with a grade-point average of 3.200 or better
  • Be in good academic and professional standing (i.e., have no Professionalism Concern forms filed)
  • Have no instances of academic dishonesty or blocks on enrollment.

Learn more about internships

Sample Curriculum

Sample curriculum, subject to change.

The chart below describes a sequence of courses as taught in the recent past. This chart is not a planning document for what course will be taught in which semester (spring or fall) in the future. For that information, students should consult with their academic advisor or see the university course catalog.

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.

Note: Applicants with deficiencies in their baccalaureate courses may be admitted to the MS Program and allowed to take undergraduate courses at Northeastern University concurrently with certain graduate courses. Students admitted with deficiencies must remove them within the first year of graduate study.

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

Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional)

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


TOEFL (International Students)

GRE scores are optional

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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