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PhD Program
Pharmaceutical Sciences

The PhD program in Pharmaceutical Sciences exposes students to the various facets of pharmaceutics, producing graduates who are poised to understand and assimilate the field of modern pharmaceutics.

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A PhD in pharmaceutics is a research degree. While course work plays an important role, students become a real participant in the science of pharmaceutics in the laboratory. Faculty research covers a broad range of scientific interests, including pharmacokinetic toxicodynamics of anticancer agents, use of biomaterials and synthetic polymeric systems in design of drug delivery systems, passive and active targeting of therapeutic agents, cardiovascular targeting of drugs, novel delivery systems for proteins and peptides, and mathematical modeling of endogenous compounds.

The interdisciplinary option is intended to meet the needs of students interested in combining courses and skills from two areas of specialization. At least one of the specialization areas must come from within the college. The second area may come from a department in another college at Northeastern University, such as biology, chemistry, or engineering. Students electing the interdisciplinary option must fulfill the same requirements as all other PhD candidates.


  • Specialize in Drug Delivery Systems or the Interdisciplinary option
  • Research degree with emphasis on laboratory work
  • Doctoral students receive tuition waivers and usually receive stipends for research or teaching of $25,000-$30,000/year

Students earning a PhD degree in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery will be thoroughly versed in the fundamentals of physical pharmacy and pharmaceutics in addition to being trained in several more specialized areas such as:

  • Novel Drug Delivery Systems
  • Nanomedical Technologies
  • Physical Pharmacy
  • Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

Our graduates pursue careers within academia and beyond.

  • World Pharmaceuticals
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Novartis Vaccine
  • Sanofi Genzyme
  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
  • Italia, Inc.
  • Waters Inc.
  • Genentech, Inc.
  • EMD Serono
  • Malinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
  • Dicernal Pharmaceutical
  • National Institute of Standars and Technology
  • Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research
  • Columbia University Medical Center

Application Materials


  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal Statement
  • Resumé
  • TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English
  • A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in biology, chemistry, medical technology, pharmacy, chemical engineering or a related field.
  • At least two semesters undergraduate courses (or their equivalent) in each of the following: mathematics (including calculus), biology, physics, and organic chemistry.
  • Official GRE scores


Admissions deadline for Fall 2020 term: December 15, 2019

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