College of Pharmacy


Medicinal Chemistry

M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry

Program Purpose

The masters of science degree program prepares students to be scientifically and technically competent and informed in a topical area within the broadly defined field of medicinal chemistry. Training afforded by the M.S. program intends to impart modern research and effective communication skills to participants to facilitate their contributions as trained researchers to either the industrial or academic missions of the medicinal chemistry field. Students successful in obtaining the M.S. degree should be prepared for a range of post-baccalaureate research or technical positions in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors, or to enter as technical support staff in academic or professional programs.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate a broad understanding of basic biomedical, chemical and physical sciences underlying the field of medicinal chemistry;
  • demonstrate a modest understanding of most current methods of modern drug discovery, drug development, drug target characterization and validation, assay development, and biomaterial optimization;
  • be able to identify, compile, analyze, and assess technical, scientific and health-care related information from a variety of sources and perspectives;
  • be able to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to formulate a technical critique and express that argument clearly and cogently both orally and in writing;
  • demonstrate sufficient technical communication skills necessary to understand, contribute and participate in modern medicinal chemistry discussions and forums;
  • exhibit some limited problem-solving ability and be able to formulate hypothesis-driven projects in modern areas of drug discovery and development, medicinal chemistry, and translational biomedical research;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of entrepreneurship in translating academic research into clinically useful drugs;
  • be prepared for entry-level technical support or research positions in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors, or as technical support staff in an academic or professional training program;
  • possess sufficient research skills and practical techniques required to support the design, testing and implementation of modern medicinal chemistry methods, assays, technologies, and innovative therapeutics.