Credits required
45 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 45 quarter credits are equal to 30 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$560 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
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Pharmaceutical Sciences (M.S.) – Online

This program is currently accepting applications, and you may begin the program online as early as fall term 2024.


Oregon State’s online master’s in pharmaceutical sciences emphasizes basic and applied research in drug delivery and targeting, medicinal and computational chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, immunology, and molecular and cell biology. This is a non-thesis master’s degree that does not require traditional lab work. Additionally, you'll gain a deeper understanding of how regulatory agencies and organizations intersect within the legal and regulatory processes of drug development.

Learn more about this program's curriculum and view sample program schedules on the College of Pharmacy’s website.

Licensure information

A degree from this program does not lead to licensure as a pharmacist and is not a direct pathway to a pharmacist degree (Pharm.D.). To learn about Oregon State’s in-person Pharm.D. program, please visit the College of Pharmacy website.

Degree requirements

A total of 45 quarter credits are required to graduate with your master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Required courses (45 credits)

  • PHAR 522 – Drugs and the Body (3)
  • GRAD 520 – Responsible Conduct of Research (2)
  • PHAR 507 – Seminar (1)
  • PHAR 506 – Capstone Project (3)
  • Plus 36 credits of electives

Sample course topics

  • Biochemistry
  • Natural products chemistry
  • Drug formulation
  • Manipulating the human genome
  • Pharmacokinetics in drug development
  • Nanomedicine and nanotherapeutics
  • Immunology and biological drug development
  • Cancer biology and therapeutics
  • Vaccines and vaccine development

Complete a capstone project

Your capstone project will give you hands-on experience in reading, analyzing, interpreting and presenting pharmaceutical science data. The project will also demonstrate your ability to interpret research literature and present scientific information, which is very important to prospective employers. Once you are enrolled in the capstone course, a faculty mentor will be assigned to you and will support you throughout your project. They will also help you workshop and develop your résumé, so you can transition smoothly into a career upon graduation.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization and compliance.

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