Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program

  • The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program (PSGP) is a research-oriented degree program that offers multidisciplinary training in the areas of Drug Design & Discovery (DDD) and Drug Delivery & Clinical Pharmacology (DDCP). Students who fulfill the academic criteria of course work and original research culminating in a thesis or dissertation will earn the Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, respectively. The two areas of specialization are multi-interdisciplinary and on the cutting edge of the ever-advancing field of pharmaceutical sciences, thus providing a state-of-the-art educational experience for the student.


    MS/PhD Tracks

    The Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences focuses on two areas of specialization:

    • Drug Design and Discovery (DDD) 
          The DDD track offers students the ability to gain knowledge and conduct research in the areas of drug design 
          and synthesis, biosynthesis of natural products, neuropharmacology and immunology. 

    • Drug Delivery and Clinical Pharmacology (DDCP) 
          The DDCP track offers the students the ability to gain knowledge and conduct research in the area of drug 
          delivery systems with a focus on the use of nanotechnology in targeted drug delivery. 
          The DDCP track also offers the opportunity for students to train in clinical pharmacology 
          by acquiring advanced pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analysis skills and through the use of modeling 
          and simulation techniques.

    Admission Requirements  

    • BS or MS degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, molecular biology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, or a related area.
    • The minimum academic standard for full admission to the Graduate School is a B average, or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • GRE minimum scores of 151 verbal, 153 quantitative, and 4.0 for analytical writing.
    • Official Transcripts from all higher education institutions attended.
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Statement of Academic Goals and Research Interests

    Career Opportunities and Salary for Graduates*: Pharmaceutical Scientists may become professors, researchers, and leaders in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academia, government agencies, and other health-related organizations. Average salaries in 2013 were: academia – $107,200; industry – $138,500; government - $100,100. 

    How to Apply

    All applicants must complete the UMES Graduate School application . A non-refundable application fee must accompany the application to be considered for admission.   Please visit the School of Graduate Studies' website at for details. 

    All application materials should be sent to:

    The School of Graduate Studies 
    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore 
    Princess Anne, MD 21853

    Contact Us:

    Dr. Mark Simmons 
    Professor and Director of Graduate Studies 
    410-621-2028 
    PSGP@umes.edu