Master's in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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The Pharmaceutical Chemistry master’s degree program consists of 32 credits offered entirely online with the exception of a three-day final cumulative examination held on campus.

Please note that transfer of credits takes a term to process. Be sure to take the last course at Webber International University before your last term at UF to ensure proper credit is given on your transcript for the courses so that the pharmaceutical master’s degree can be earned. The student is responsible for obtaining a transcript from Webber International University and having it sent to the Registrar's office as detailed below. Please notify our department by contacting us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) when this request is made so that we can follow up with the transfer request paperwork with the Graduate School and the Registrar at UF once the transcript is on file.

Upon completion of the program, your diploma will state Master of Science in Pharmacy issued by the Graduate School of the University of Florida. Your transcripts will read Master of Science in Pharmacy, graduation date, major Pharmaceutical Sciences, concentration Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Application Information:

Master's Degree Application

Pharmaceutical Chemistry Master’s Program - Course Overview

Core-Required Courses

Core-Required Courses must be completed before your final semester and should be completed before the Required Courses.

Course #Course TitleCreditsSpringSummerFall
PHA 6432 Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1 x x x
PHA 6535 Principles of Nucleotide Activity 2 x x x
PHA 6417
PHA 6935
Pharmaceutical Analysis 2 OR
Organic Structure Elucidation
3 x
VME 6766 Laboratory QA/QC 3 x x x
PHA 6444 Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1 3 x x
PHA 6543 Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2 3 x x

Recommended Course Order

Required Courses

Required Courses must be taken before graduation and can be completed in your final semester. These courses can be taken in any order but Special Topics must be taken in your final semester.

Course #Course TitleCreditsSpringSummerFall
PHA 6935 Metabolic Biochemistry 3 x   x
PHA 6425 Drug Biotransformation & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity 3 x   x
VME 6650 Principles of Mammalian Pharmacology 4 x x
PHA 6471
GMS 6873
Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry OR
Introduction to Medical Bioethics
3 x
PHA 6354
PHA 6357
Natural Medicinal Products OR
Herbal and Dietary Supplements
3 x

PHA 6936 Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1 x x x

Students graduating in the Fall/Spring must take at least 3 credits in the final semester. Plan to take a Required Course in addition to Special Topics. Students graduating in the Summer must take at least 2 credits in the final semester. Plan to take a Required Course in addition to Special Topics.

Recommended Course Order:

The following is the recommended course order for the Pharmaceutical Chemistry program:

  • Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Principles of Nucleotide Activity should be taken before Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1 and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1 should be taken before Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2
  • Metabolic Biochemistry should be taken before Drug Biotransformation and Mammalian Pharmacology
  • Laboratory QA/QC, Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Analysis 2, and Natural Medicinal Products can be taken at any time
  • Special topics (on location in Gainesville for final exam) should be taken during the final term

Course Syllabus Catalog

Find general course policies along with a course list and instructor contact information in the most recent course syllabus catalog.

Requirements To Earn Degree:

32 credits are required to earn this MS degree.

Grade Requirements:

The only passing grades for Graduate Students are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, and C. Please note C+ and C grades count toward degree only if an equal number of courses numbered 5000 or higher have been earned with B+, A-, or A, respectively. If a grade of C- or below is earned, the student will need to re-take the course when it is offered again to have it count toward a MS degree.

Please also note, as stated below, courses taken before being in the MS status must be earned as a B grade or higher to transfer toward the MS degree. Grades earned with a B- or less will not transfer.

Transfer of Credits Toward MS:

A maximum of 15 transfer credits are allowed to count toward a MS degree. These can include no more than 9 credits from institution/s approved by UF, with the balance obtained from nondegree and/or certificate courses at the University of Florida. These courses must be graduate level (5000-7999) and earned with a grade of B or better and the course(s) cannot have been taken longer than seven years from the term you begin as a MS student. To have credits reviewed for transfer from another University, please fax (352-273-8716) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) the following:

  • a copy of your transcript (including a transcript key usually found on the back of the transcript)
  • a course syllabus for review of what was covered in the course, and
  • a letter containing which course(s) you would like to be considered for transfer and which course(s) you think the course(s) will replace in the Clinical Toxicology Program.

We will forward the request to the Supervisory Committee for your major who will then make a decision. Also, if your official transcript is not already on file with the University Registrar, please sent it to:

University of Florida
Office of Registrar
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

Graduation Requirements:

Please read the information regarding the Master's graduation credit requirements for your last term.

Special Topics Course:

The 1-credit special topics course will consist of three days of reviews, oral examination, and comprehensive final examination in Gainesville, Florida. Refer to Critical Dates for specific dates the course will be held each term.


In addition to tests, examinations and other assessments incorporated in the individual courses, masters students will be required to take a comprehensive final examination on the courses covered in this program.

Supervisory Committee/Academic advisor:

A faculty member within the department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, and with graduate faculty status, will supervise all of the students enrolled in this program. If students have inquiries about the program curriculum or their schedule of courses they should contact the faculty advisor. Currently this person will be This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Library Access:

Students taking UF Forensic Science courses will also be granted online access to UF's Health Center Libraries.