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Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry

Work toward developing safe and effective drug treatments while you pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) in Medicinal Chemistry at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis.M.S. Medicinal Chemistry Profile Cover

Our program leverages the University’s expertise in chemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics to create opportunities for you to develop new skills and advance your career.

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About the Program 

The M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry is a thesis-based program focused on drug design, synthesis and evaluation. Throughout the program you will deepen your understanding of chemical principles, apply them in biologically relevant systems, and apply the knowledge you gain in the classroom in research-based lab experiences.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted in the University’s M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry program, you must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry or similar field from a U.S. accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign country
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation (one letter must be submitted by a chemistry faculty)
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GRE exam scores are not required but can be submitted. English proficiency is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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Student Outcomes

Our medicinal chemistry program equips you with the skills you need to succeed, such as:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the application of current chemical and biological theories to solve problems in drug discovery
  • Independently design, synthesize and evaluate biologically relevant molecules
  • Demonstrate research integrity and understand the ethical implications of your research
  • Independently carry out scientific experiments following proper safe handling of chemicals and minimizing hazardous waste disposal
  • Clearly communicate the results of scientific work in oral and written formats
  • Function as a member of an interdisciplinary problem solving team

With your degree in hand, a variety of fulfilling careers await you.

  • Pharmaceutical or biotechnology scientist who synthesizes new chemical entities for testing as potential drugs.
  • Agricultural chemist who designs and synthesizes new chemicals that improve crop yields.
  • Patent agent who uses chemical synthesis expertise to aid in patent preparation. 

Program Curriculum

Students in the M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry program will complete their required courses before completing their research and thesis projects, altogether totaling approximately 32 credit hours.

Courses include:

  • Medicinal Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • Medicinal Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • Organic Reaction Mechanisms (3 credits)
  • Organic Synthesis (3 credits)
  • Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds (3 credits)
  • Medicinal Chemistry Seminar (1 credit) Principles of Pharmacology and Biopharmaceutics (3 credits)
  • Scientific Integrity (1 credit)

Integrated B.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry/M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry 

Earn two degrees in less time when you integrate our B.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry with the M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry through our 4+1 program.

Though this program, you apply 12 credits from the undergraduate program to the master’s program, completing an additional 12 credits and 6 research credits.

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If you have any questions about the University or want to schedule a campus visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@uhsp.edu or 314.446.8328. 

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