Admission Requirements

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The following requirements and standards are designed to ensure scholastic and professional success in the College’s master of science in pharmaceutical sciences (MSPS) degree program. Applications for admission to the MSPS degree program are evaluated by the faculty of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Acceptance into the graduate program is based on the overall record and ability of the applicant. Applicants failing to meet the required minimum grade point average (GPA) or the required minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score may be considered for admission provided their record is indicative of exceptional ability.

Applicants are only considered for fall enrollment due to the curriculum sequences of the program. Since the program operates on rolling admission and has limited enrollment, individuals are strongly encouraged to submit their applications early in the admissions cycle.  Applications received after April 1 have an increased probability of being wait-listed. International applicants must apply by April 1 due to additional process requirements and associated timelines.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE: verbal ≥ 20th percentile, quantitative ≥ 60th percentile, analytical writing ≥ 3.0
  • TOEFL: ≥ 80 (internet) or IELTS ≥ 6.5 (if applicable)


See individual tracks for additional prerequisites

  • Biochemistry
  • Calculus
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • Physics I & II

Note: Exemption from a maximum of six credit hours of didactic coursework based on previous coursework or relevant work experience may be requested by submitting a Course Exemption Form (with supporting documentation) to the appropriate course director with subsequent approval by the vice-chair of pharmaceutical sciences programs and the associate dean of academic affairs.

Application Process

  • Complete application with required fee of $50
  • Submit all official college transcripts 
  • Submit GRE scores (Institution code: 4575, Department code: 0613)
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable (Institution code: 5100, Department code: 99)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation


  1. Students who do not meet an admissions requirement may be eligible for provisional acceptance. The admissions committee will review records for all provisional students at the end of their first semester to determine their eligibility to continue in the program.  Students accepted provisionally will remain on provisional status until completion of at least seven credit hours of graduate level courses and completion of their baccalaureate degree. 

    Applicants that are granted provisional acceptance must meet the following requirements in the first semester in order to maintain eligibility:

    1. Achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate-numbered courses
    2. Achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 in all MSPS program pre-requisite courses post matriculation
    3. Earn a grade C or higher in all coursework (graduate or prerequisite courses) with the exception of track-specific courses 
    4. Earn a grade B or higher in track-specific courses
  2. Those who have earned a PhD, MD, PharmD (terminal doctoral degrees listed by NIH) or a prior MS degree in another chemical or biomedical discipline at an accredited institution in the United States are not required to submit GRE or other test scores.

  3. Students not seeking a degree can receive approval to register for courses if they:

    1. Have taken all pre-requisites for the desired course(s) and earned a C or higher
    2. Completed an application with required $50 fee (unless currently enrolled at Campbell University)
    3. Submit all official college transcripts (unless a current or former student at Campbell University)
    4. Receive permission from the course instructor(s)

    A maximum of 4 credit hours of graduate level courses numbered PHSC 500 or higher may be taken before acceptance. In cases where demand for a class exceeds the enrollment capacity, degree seeking students will have priority over students not seeking a degree. Non-degree seeking students can only register during the first week of classes and may not pre-register for courses. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in MSPS coursework taken prior to admission to be eligible for admission into the program.  Admission into the program also requires completion of the admissions requirements not already satisfied.

  4. Students taking a leave of absence of greater than one semester must notify the vice-chair of pharmaceutical sciences programs in writing.

International Applicants

  • International applicants are not eligible for provisional acceptance as described above, if a US student visa is required.
  • International applicants must complete their application for admission and all supplemental materials must be received by the April 1 deadline to be considered for admission.
  • If English is not the applicant’s native language, applicants must submit official scores for the TOEFL (≥ 80 is minimum acceptable score) or IELTS (≥ 6.5 is minimum acceptable score).  Applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree in English in the US are not required to submit English proficiency test scores.
  • Submit a statement of financial support, if applicable, for one year of education in the U.S.A independent of entry term and potential scholarships. These documents, which determine sufficiency of funds, need to be certified, include student's name, sponsors name, amount in U.S. dollars and can be in the format of a bank statement or a notarized/certified letter. The official documents must be dated within the last six months and must show the total cost of attendance, personal funds and text books.
  • For applicants applying directly from another U.S. institution: complete a Visa Clearance form and attach a copy of passport, visa page, I-94 and I-20 (all three pages of the I-20).
  • International applicants are not required to provide a World Education Services evaluation of their credentials.

Refund Policy

An admissions deposit is required of each accepted applicant. These deposits are non-refundable. Additionally, no refunds are provided for students, who attend any class and subsequently withdraws, drops any course(s) or are suspended from CPHS for any cause.