New Master’s Program in Pharmaceutical Science and Business

Our Master’s level class will begin Fall 2016 and the application process for this cycle has begun, and the deadline for the applications is February 1, 2016.

Program Description

The goal of the proposed Master of Pharmaceutical Science and Business Program at York College will be to prepare students for responsible positions in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry management. Opportunities for students successfully completing the program include careers with Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical companies, professional societies, government and international agencies. In this proposed 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, design of clinical trials, etc.

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

Master of Pharmaceutical Science and Management Program Core Courses (24 credits)

Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development (3 cr.)

Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development Techniques (3 cr.)

[The laboratory courses may be substituted with other elective courses for students with a minimum of 1 year laboratory experience in industry.]

Advanced Pharmacology (3 cr.)

Advanced Biostatistics (3 cr.)

Foundations of Regulatory Affairs (3 cr.)

Pharmaceutical Ethics and Intellectual Property Management (3 cr.)

Pharmaceutical Industry and Business (3 cr.)

Pharmaceutical Science and Business Capstone Project (3 cr.) [This course is in lieu of a Master’s Thesis and Comprehensive Exam.]

Master of Pharmaceutical Science and Management Program Elective Courses (12 credits)

Elective courses are 3 credits each; total requirement is 4 courses (12 credits) to be chosen from the following:


Advanced Pharmaceutics

Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development

Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance, Process Validation and Controls  

Design of Clinical Trials 

Advanced Toxicology

International Regulatory Affairs

Pharmaceutical Product Labeling

Writing and Submission of Regulatory Applications

Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management

Pharmaceutical Marketing

Pharmaceutical Product Management

Pharmaceutical Project Management

Admission Requirements

  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.
  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
    • A current resume
    • Official transcript(s) from all universities and colleges attended.
    • A nonrefundable $125 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 were educated in a country where English is not the official language.

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

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.