Pharmaceutical Science and Business (MS)

Our Master's level class will begin Fall 2020. The application process for the Fall 2020 cycle has begun, and it is strongly recommended to submit the application by August 15th, 2020. Applications submitted after this deadline may not guarantee admissions into the Fall Semester

Application Form

The goal of the Master of Pharmaceutical Science and Business Program at York College will be to prepare students for responsible positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. 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, the design of clinical trials, etc.

Regulation of Pharmaceuticals for individuals who would like to pursue or enhance a career in the area of the 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.

  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.

    Before applying, the applicants should have already completed the following courses:

    Required Courses

    • General Chemistry I and II
    • Biology I and II
    • Organic Chemistry I
    • University Physics I
    • Calculus I

    Preferred Courses

    • Organic Chemistry II
    • Biochemistry
    • Physical Chemistry I (thermodynamics)
    • Basic Pharmacology

      Applicants that received their bachelor or took the required courses 10 or more years prior to the application date may be required to take a placement test.

      Conditional acceptance may be offered to candidates that do not have the preferred courses.


  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 from referees in academia and/or related professional fields.
    • A current resume.
    • Official transcript(s) from all universities and colleges attended.
    • A nonrefundable $75 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 was educated in a country where English is not the official language.

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

*A TOEFL minimum score of 100 or a IELTS minimum score of 7 is strongly suggested to successfully complete the M.S. program.

If Educated Outside the USA:

An evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)  is required for applicants who received their bachelor’s degree from a non-US institution.

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.