Pharmaceutical Science and Business (MS)

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Our Master’s level class will begin Spring 2018.  The application process for this cycle has begun and it is strongly recommended to submit the application by December 1, 2017  Application Form

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Program Description

The goal of the Master of Pharmaceutical Science and Business Program at York College will be to prepare students for responsible positions in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry management. Opportunities for students successfully completing the program include careers with Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical companies, professional societies, government and international agencies. In this two-year graduate program, students will complete a total of 36 credits toward the degree, of which 24 will be from the common Core Courses and 12 from the optional Elective Courses. Full-time students will be expected to take 9 credits per semester.

Students are expected to choose elective courses based on their career goals, such as:

Pharmaceutical Research and Development for individuals who would like to pursue or enhance a career in the area of drug discovery, biotherapeutics, pharmaceutics, product formulation, manufacturing process development, design of clinical trials, etc.

Regulation of Pharmaceuticals for individuals who would like to pursue or enhance a career in the area of US or international regulatory affairs, writing and submission of regulatory applications, compliance, quality assurance, process validation, product labeling, quality control and design of clinical trials related to the regulation of pharmaceuticals, etc.

Pharmaceutical Management for individuals who would like to pursue or enhance a career in pharmaceutical product management, project management, supply chain management, marketing, etc.

Core Courses

PHS501 Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development 
PHS502 Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development Techniques 


The laboratory courses may be substituted with other elective courses for students with a minimum of 1 year laboratory experience in industry.
PHS503 Advanced Pharmacology 
PHS504 Advanced Biostatistics 
PHS505 Foundations of Regulatory Affairs 
PHS506 Pharmaceutical Ethics and Intellectual Property Management 
PHS507 Pharmaceutical Industry and Business 
PHS508 Pharmaceutical Science and Business Capstone Project 


This course is in lieu of a Master’s Thesis and Comprehensive Exam.

Elective Courses

Elective courses are 3 credits each; total requirement is 4 courses (12 credits) to be chosen from the following:
PHS509 Biotherapeutics 
PHS510 Advanced Pharmaceutics 
PHS511 Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development 
PHS512 Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance, Process Validation and Controls 
PHS513 Design of Clinical Trials 
PHS514 Advanced Toxicology 
PHS515 International Regulatory Affairs 
PHS516 Pharmaceutical Product Labeling 
PHS517 Writing and Submission of Regulatory Applications 
PHS518 Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management 
PHS519 Pharmaceutical Marketing 
PHS520 Pharmaceutical Product Management 
PHS521 Pharmaceutical Project Management 

Admission Requirements

  1. An earned bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science, Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology or other closely related disciplines from an accredited institution.
  2. A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0
  3. Application to CUNY requiring:
    • A personal statement (not more than 1,500 words)
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • A current resume
    • Official transcript(s) from all universities and colleges attended.
    • A nonrefundable $125 application fee payable by check or money order to York College Office of Admissions.

Undergraduate science students (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or others) who apply to the M.S. program in Pharmaceutical Science and Business in addition to meeting the GPA criteria and strong recommendations may have to meet additional course requirements.

Proof of proficiency in the English language (TOEFL and IELTS) is required for all applicants:

  1. Whose first language is not English, and
  2. Who were educated in a country where English is not the official language.

This requirement is not based upon country of citizenship or permanent residency, but on the two stated conditions.

Selection Process

York College Office of Admissions will gather and screen the applications for minimum requirements, initial processing, and GPA calculation. Admissions decisions will be made by the Graduate Advisory Committee of the department. In some cases, applicants may be invited for an on-site interview.