Wilkes University

M.S. in Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry

M.S. in Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry at Wilkes University

Advance the Pharmaceutical Industry

Research solutions to pressing health care questions while effectively communicating your findings to an engaged audience. Enroll in Wilkes University’s master of science degree in pharmacology and medicinal chemistry.

Our 36-credit program is a two-year, research-driven master’s degree that will prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical or biomedical industry, or for entry into a strong Ph.D. program. Learn advanced scientific and pharmaceutical concepts while emphasizing the communication skills that will set you apart in the job market. Bridging biology and chemistry with pharmaceutical science, you will learn the science and regulations pertinent to new drug approval.

Students should apply by July. New students start each fall.

Key features

  • Competitive tuition
  • 36-credit, two-year program
  • Hands-on learning using state-of-the-art industry equipment
  • Research-intensive experiences in courses and thesis development

Hands-on Research

Experience with industry-used pharmacy equipment will set you apart from peers educated in distance or online environments, or without a hands-on component to their studies. Learn research techniques commonly used in cell biology, toxicology, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry and pharmacology.


Course and lab work culminate in the development of a thesis proposal. The final thesis, its oral presentation and defense are capstone requirements for earning the master’s degree. One of our accomplished faculty members will mentor you through the research process, serving as your thesis advisor and guiding you along the way.

Admissions Requirements

Students must apply by July 31 to start in the fall. A bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, biology or a related field is required. In addition, please submit:

  • An online application at www.wilkes.edu/applyonline
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A one-page personal statement addressing the following:
    • What motivates you to become a scientist?
    • What are your career goals at this point in time?
    • What area(s) of research are you interested in and why?
    • What is your greatest or most memorable experience, research or laboratory work?
    • What makes you a good fit for our program?
    • Have you identified any professors in our program who you can see yourself working with?

GRE scores are not required for applicants, but will be considered if submitted.

International students must also submit a statement of financial guarantee, official TOEFL and/or IELTS score report, and a copy of the photo page of your passport. The international student application deadline is June 15.


Tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $1,100 per credit plus applicable fees. This is about 25% less than the average cost of competing programs in the state.

About the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy

Founded in 1996, the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy is northeast Pennsylvania’s only school of pharmacy. The school develops pharmacists and researchers who provide high-quality health care and make meaningful contributions to the science and practice of pharmacy. In addition to the master’s degree in pharmacology and medicinal chemistry, the school awards the doctor of pharmacy degree, the primary, entry-level pharmacy practice degree in the United States.

For more information, contact:

Anthony Roma
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
(570) 574-4886