Who Should Apply?

If you’re interested in a career in the pharmaceutical industry and a Master of Science degree in Translational Pharmaceutical Science (MSTPS) you must apply to the program through the School of Graduate Studies.  

If you're applying to the MSTPS program, you’ll be expected to have an undergraduate degree in a discipline applicable to the pharmaceutical industry. Though advantageous, research experience and a scientific or clinical degree is not required for admission. However, the following undergraduate courses are strongly recommended prerequisites:

  • Introductory Biology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Introductory Statistics

When to Apply? 

While we invite interested candidates to submit their applications on a rolling basis, we also offer the opportunity for you to self-select which round you wish to receive your admission decision. The sooner the application is submitted with all necessary materials finalized, the sooner an admissions decision will be communicated. If you are interested in having your application considered prior to paying the application fee, please review the application pre-screening requirements below. 

Admissions Timeline - 2023

Application Round Submit By Decision By
Round 1 March 15th April 15th
Round 2* April 15th May 15th
Round 3 June 15th July 15th
Round 4 August 1st August 15th
Fall Semester Begins August 28th  

*Final deadline for international students needing a new visa.

Before You Apply

Interested in having an application pre-screening before submitting your application?

In three easy steps, you can set up a time to have your application pre-screened and talk with someone from the program about what this could mean for you and your career goals. 

  1. Start your application.
  2. Prep all of your pre-screening materials: Resume/CV, Personal Statement, and Transcript(s). Upload them into your application.
  3. Schedule a time to meet with someone from MSTPS to go over your materials and goals. 

If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a pre-screening meeting, you can email to get started!

How to Apply?

A completed application includes the following:

  • Online application. 
  • Transcripts: Include school-issued unofficial or official transcripts, uploaded for each college or university attended. We accept electronic transcripts if they are sent from the institution or the institution’s transcript service directly to
  • Resume/CV: Upload your current resume or CV outlining all work experience and volunteer roles with timeframes. Make sure to highlight any completed research positions or opportunities.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required. Recommenders can include supervisors, professors, lab managers or others who can attest to your academic or professional experience. The online application will request recommenders' contact information for electronic submission.
  • Personal Statement: Upload a one-page personal statement answering the following prompts:
    • Why do you wish to earn an MS in Translational Pharmaceutical Science?
    • What are your career aspirations and how will this program help you achieve these?
    • What experiences have you had that will help you excel in this program?
  • Test Scores (Optional): While GRE, MCAT, or other score reports can be uploaded into the application, they are not required and are completely optional to include.
  • International Applicants: Upload English proficiency exam test-taker results if you are not a citizen of an English-speaking country or if your previous college or university was not taught in English (IELTS, TOFEL, or PTE).*

*The language test requirement will be waived if you have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, or if your home country's primary spoken language is English. Get more details.

What Happens Next?

The admissions committee will review all completed applications and will invite select candidates to interview via video conference call (Skype, Zoom, etc.). Admission decisions will then be communicated to applicants by the notification deadline listed above.