masters program: pharmaceutical sciences

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that
job opportunities for scientists trained in areas focused on health and drug development,
including pharmaceutical scientists, will grow
significantly up through 2020. Jobs for pharmaceutical scientists are expected to grow primarily in private pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, but careers in education,
regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug
Administration, and national laboratories such
as the National Institutes of Health are also robust. Median annual salaries for pharmaceutical scientists range from $50,000 to upwards
of $120,000.
The program is interdisciplinary, bringing together scientists from the disciplines of pharmacology, physiology, pharmaceutics,
toxicology and medicinal chemistry to provide students with individualized, research training.
The Pharmaceutical Sciences program educates students in the scientific
disciplines required for the discovery, development and evaluation of new
drugs and other pharmaceutical products.
Students enrolled in the thesis program focus on in basic or translational research under the supervision of a thesis advisor and committee of
graduate research faculty. Students work side-by-side with faculty on a
variety of research areas, including drug discovery and development, molecular modeling, chemical synthesis, in vitro and in vivo studies of drug
mechanisms and pharmacological actions, pharmacokinetic analysis and
the transport and absorption of nanopharmaceuticals. This path is ideal
for those interested in working as research scientists or pursuing PhD or
MD degrees.
A wide range of resources are provided by numerous scientific societies and organizations committed to supporting and promoting research
in drug design, drug development, and drug delivery. Members of
these organizations contribute to pharmaceutical education, research
and development. • National Institute of Health (NIH)
• American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)
• American Chemical Society (ACS)
In 2013, Karen Glass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Vermont
Campus, was awarded a three-year
grant from the National Institute of
Health totaling $353,400. Her research
is aimed at identifying new ways to prevent and treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia
(AML). “There is no single factor, but
rather a series of events, which leads to
a disease such as AML,” said Dr. Glass.
“If we can better understand the basic
mechanisms controlling gene expression, and how chromosomal translocations lead to AML and other cancers,
then we will be able to diagnose and
treat AML patients more effectively. We
may also be able to apply this knowledge in the treatment of other cancers
and diseases.” Dr. Glass is a member of
the graduate research faculty at ACPHS
and mentors graduate students in the
MS, Pharmaceutical Sciences program.
• Council for Chemical Research (CCR) • International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE)
• Parenteral Drug Association (PDA)Pharmaceutical Research and
Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
This program is offered on both the Albany, NY
campus and the Colchester, VT campus.
Stefan Balaz, Professor, VT
Arnold Johnson, Professor
Dorothy Pumo, Professor, VT
Richard Dearborn, Associate Professor
Robert Levin, Professor
Michael Racz, Assistant Professor
Hassan El-Fawal, Professor
Susan Ludeman, Associate Professor
Michael Raley, Associate Professor
Tamer Fandy, Assistant Professor, VT
Meenakshi Malik, Assistant Professor
Carlos Feleder, Associate Professor
William Millington, Professor
Gail Goodman-Snitkoff,
Associate Professor
Karen Glass, Assistant Professor, VT
Shaker Mousa, Professor
Martha Hass, Associate Professor
Marcel Musteata, Assistant Professor
Jeffrey Voigt, Associate Professor
HaiAn Zhang, Associate Professor
Students interested in applying to the master’s program should have, or expect to
receive a bachelor’s degree by the time of enrollment with, a minimum 3.0 GPA on
a 4.0 scale. The earned degree should be in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences or related field.
To apply for fall, the following is required:
Foundations of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Experimental Design and Data Analysis
Ethics in Research
Pharmaceutical Sciences Journal Club
• Online admission application.
Advanced Pharmaceutics
• Official transcripts from all colleges attended, regardless if a degree was
earned or not. International applicants must also submit official WES
or ECE evaluations.
Research Rotation
• Minimum two letters of recommendation from faculty and/or professional,
relevant sources who can attest to your likelihood of success in graduate school.
• Resume.
• Personal essay outlining relevant background/experience and why you wish
to attend ACPHS.
• Official GRE scores. Please note the college code is 2013.
• International applicants must also submit official TOEFL or ILETS scores.
• $75 application fee.
The deadline to apply is April 1 for fall admission, but early application
is encouraged for the best chance of admission.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Office of Graduate Admissions
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Thesis Research
Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics or Other Electives
Pharmaceutics or Pharmacology Seminar