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Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Master's in Pharmaceutical Sciences with Concentration in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

The master’s degree with a concentration in pharmaceutical chemistry consists of 32 credits offered entirely online.

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

Academic Advisor

The academic advisor for this program is Dr. Oliver Grundmann.

Library Access:

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

Required Core Courses

Required core courses must be completed before the student’s final semester and must be completed before the Special Topics course.

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
PHA 6432 Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1 X X X
PHA 6444 Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1 3 X X
PHA 6543 Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2 3 X X
PHA 6417 Pharmaceutical Analysis 2 3 X X
VME 6766 Laboratory QA/QC 3 X X X

Special Topics

This required course must be taken in in the final semester, and students take a final comprehensive exam using ProctorU. Students should plan to take one elective in addition to this required course to meet the University of Florida graduation requirements.

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
PHA 6936 Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (final exam using ProctorU) 1 X X X

Elective Courses

At least 18 elective credits must be taken in addition to the above 14 credits. Elective courses can be taken in any order and in any semester. Students should plan to take one elective their final semester.

Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
PHA 6936 Literature Survey in Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2 X X X
PHA 6535 Principles of Nucleotide Activity 2 X X X
PHA 6935 Metabolic Biochemistry 3 X X
PHA 6935 Applied Statistics for Data Analysis 3 X X X
PHA 6935 Drug Development Strategies 3 X X
PHA 6935 Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery 3
PHA 6471 Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry 3 X X
PHA 6354 Natural Medicinal Products 3 X X
PHA 6357 Herbal & Dietary Supplements 3 X
PHA 6425 Drug Biotransformation & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity 3 X X
VME 6650 Principles of Mammalian Pharmacology 4 X X
PHA 6274 Federal Regulations of Drugs & Pharmacy 3 X
PHA 6269 Pharmaceutical Products & Public Policy 3 X
PHA 6277 Ethics in Drug Production, Distribution & Use 3 X
PHA 6935 Principles of Drug Action & Development I 3 X
PHA 6935 Principles of Drug Action & Development II 3 X
PHA 6563 Pathophysiology of Disease I 3 X X
PHA 6935 Pathophysiology of Disease II 3 X X
  • Students graduating in the Fall/Spring must take at least 3 credits in the final semester and should plan to take an elective in addition to the Special Topics course.
  • Students graduating in the Summer must take at least 2 credits in the final semester and should plan to take an elective in addition to the Special Topics course.

Historical Pharmaceutical Chemistry Course Track

(For Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2015)

Students who were admitted to the pharmaceutical chemistry master’s degree program before Fall 2015 on the , can review the previous course plan: PRE Fall 2015_MS Pharm Chem Course Plan

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 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

In order to graduate, students must meet the following conditions:

  • Completion of all required courses and necessary electives (32 total credits)
    • Only courses completed with a grade of "C" or higher can be counted toward a degree
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A major GPA of 3.0 or higher

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. If a grade of C- or below is earned, the student will need to retake the course when it is offered again to have it count toward a MS degree.

Please also note, as stated below, courses taken before as a non-degree seeking or graduate student must be earned with a “B” grade or higher to transfer toward the master’s degree. Grades earned with a “B-” or less will not transfer.

Transfer of Credits Toward MS:

A maximum of 15 credits may be transferred toward a master's degree. These can include no more than nine credits from institutions approved by UF, with the remaining six credits obtained from non-degree seeking and/or graduate certificate courses at the University of Florida. These courses must be graduate level (5000-7999) and earned with a grade of “B” or higher to transfer. All work counted toward your master's degree must be completed during the seven years immediately preceding the term in which the degree is awarded. To have credits from another university reviewed for transfer, please email the following documents:

  • An unofficial copy of 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
  • A letter containing which course(s) to be considered for transfer and which course(s) the transfer credits would replace in the pharmaceutical chemistry program

The request for transfer credits will be forwarded to the Supervisory Committee for the student’s major. Students must ensure official transcripts are on file with the Office of Admissions prior to requesting transfer credits. Official transcripts should be sent to:

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

Special Topics Course:

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


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

Focus Areas

Students can customize their course of study based on their current or future position and which courses best fit their work environment. The focus areas are suggested course schedules for professionals interested in advancing their knowledge tailored to their interests and work demands.

At a Glance