Pharmaceutical Science - Doctorate
The Northeastern University Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences prepares students to become pharmaceutical scientists in wide-ranging specialties dealing with the discovery, design, and use and mechanisms of action of drugs.
Northeastern University is the only graduate program in New England offering a degree in pharmaceutical science, producing professionals who go on to work in areas ranging from drug discovery and neuro-pharmacology to targeted drug delivery systems and nanomedicine.
The renowned program is part of the Northeastern University's School of Pharmacy, which is consistently ranked first in funding from the National Institutes of Health among all private schools of pharmacy in the US.
The department has undergone a substantial expansion in recent years with new faculty hires and a more diversified research portfolio. Research grants and contracts, not just from government agencies, but from foundations and associations as well, are at an all-time high.
Master's and Doctoral Programs in Pharmaceutical Science
The Northeastern University Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers Master of Science (MS) degrees in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, biomedical science, biomedical nanotechnology, pharmaceutics and drug delivery, as well as an interdisciplinary option.
PhD options include pharmacology, pharmaceutics and drug delivery systems, and medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.
The interdisciplinary specialization was created for students wishing to combine courses and skills from two areas of specialization, with at least one of the specialization areas required to come from within the college. The second area, such as engineering, biology, or chemistry, may come from another college at Northeastern.
Centers of Research Excellence
Graduate students in the Department of Pharmaceutical Science can take advantage of 5 interlinked Centers of Research Excellence in pursuing specific areas of pharmaceutical and chemical research.
These centers are: the Center for Drug Discovery; the New England Inflammation and Tissue Protection Institute; the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine; the Center for Translational Imaging, and the Environmental Cancer Research Program.
Additional Research Institute Involvement
There is also extensive involvement with the Electronic Materials Research Institute, which focuses on nanomaterials for nano-, info-, and bio-technologies. The institute recently was awarded a $3.5 million Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) grant from the National Science Foundation for nanomedicine. The grant supports 14 PhD students and 15 undergraduate and master's associates.
Some Pharmaceutical Science students and faculty members are associated with research conducted at the Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis, which has pioneered breakthroughs in forensic science, advanced materials study and biotechnology.
Exceptional Faculty Leads, Mentors Graduate Research Endeavors
Graduate students join internationally recognized faculty members in 7 key areas of research: medicinal chemistry and drug discovery; neuropharmacology; inflammation & immunology; toxicology; drug delivery & nanomedicine; translational imaging; and bioanalytical chemistry. Examples include:
Associate professor Heather Clark is involved in innovative technology creating tattoos made of nanosensors that are injected into the upper layer of the skin to allow for the monitoring of everything from glucose levels for diabetics to sodium levels during prostate surgery.
Professor Mansoor Amiji is involved in developing nanotechnology-based methods of drug delivery for the treatment of diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and HIV/AIDS.
Vladimir Torchilin, a distinguished professor of pharmaceutical sciences, was recently named by Times Higher Education as the world's second-most prolific researcher in pharmacology and toxicology.
Professor Barbara L. Waszczak recently received a grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to study Parkinson's disease. Prof. Waszczak developed, with her research team, an idea to use an intranasal delivery method to deliver to the brain a protein that shows promise in stopping the progression of Parkinson's in early stages.
.New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid Description: Yes, all students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Please speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more information.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Loans Offered: All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Federal, state, University scholarship programs, and payment options are available.
Locale: Large City