NDSU offers both MS degrees and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences (current students). The graduate program emphasizes both research and teaching excellence. Our size allows us to offer individual attention to the graduate student.
The master's program requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, of which 20 must be in the major field. Thesis research carries no fewer than eight and no more than 15 credits.
The doctor of philosophy degree is awarded in recognition of high scholarly achievement as evidenced by a period of successful study, the satisfactory completion of examinations and the development of an acceptable dissertation project covering some significant aspect of a major field of learning and research. Typically, coursework is completed in 1-1.5 years for MS candidates (minimum 17 semester credits of letter-graded course) and two years for Ph.D. (minimum of 30 semester credits of letter-graded course - 18 must be at 700-level) candidates, leaving later years for full-time thesis research. The M.S. students must take at least 10 credits and Ph.D. students 60 credits, for research dissertation. The time to complete a graduate degree averages 2-3 years for the M.S. degree and approximately takes about 4-5 years for the Ph.D. Upon completion of most of the course work, the student must pass written and oral preliminary examinations before being formally admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.
Students with a bachelor of science degree in biology or chemistry must have an adequate background for graduate work in the College. After successful completion of either degree program students have had a high level of success gaining highly desirable employment in academia, industry and governmental agencies doing work in pharmaceutical sciences.