From the Laboratory to the Workforce

Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry prepares you to expand your knowledge of chemical principles and biopharmaceutics to help identify and solve chemical problems in research areas. In this two-year program, you’ll learn how to design, synthesize, and examine biologically active pharmaceuticals, including therapeutically useful drugs, natural products, and toxins.

The M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry leverages the expertise of NSU’s Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Pharmacy. Instruction takes place both inside the classroom and in the laboratory. Graduates of the program will have extensive lab experience gained through research or an internship, resulting in greater opportunities to advance your career.

Quick Facts


NSU’s M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry is 35 total credits to complete. 

Start Dates

The M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry program begins during the Fall term (August). The Fall 2024 application deadline is Friday, July 19, 2024, Winter 2025: Friday, November 15, 2024 and Summer 2025: Friday, April 18, 2025.

Delivery Options

Classes for the M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry are offered at NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus.


Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.

Career Outcomes

Chemical Technicians

$48,990 Median Salary Per Year

Chemists and Material Scientists

$79,760 Median Salary Per Year

Materials Engineers

$98,300 Median Salary Per Year

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021

Medicinal Chemistry Curriculum

Core Courses (20 credits)
PHRM 5004
Advanced Physical Pharmacy (PHRM 5004 / Credits: 3 )
PHRM 5012
Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics (PHRM 5012 / Credits: 3 )
PHRM 5701
Graduate Seminar OR PHRM 5701 (PHRM 5701 / Credits: 2 )
MCMS 5000
Organic Medicinal Chemistry (MCMS 5000 / Credits: 3 )
MCMS 5500
Advanced Biochemistry (MCMS 5500 / Credits: 3 )
MCMS 6000
Advanced Instrumentation (MCMS 6000 / Credits: 3 )
MCMS 6100
Principles of Drug Design (MCMS 6100 / Credits: 3 )
Elective Courses (Choose 6 credits)
MCMS 5700
Inorganic Medicinal Chemistry (MCMS 5700 / Credits: 3 )
PHRM 5229
Product Development and Industrial Pharmacy (PHRM 5229 / Credits: 3 )
PHRM 5014
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacodynamics (PHRM 5014 / Credits: 3 )
PHRM 5216
Pharmaceutical Polymers (PHRM 5216 / Credits: 3 )
PHRE 7035
Patent and Litigation (PHRE 7035 / Credits: 3 )
PHRE 7210
Modern Medicine (PHRE 7210 / Credits: 3 )
Research, Thesis (9 credits)
MCMS 7200
Research in Medicinal Chemistry (MCMS 7200 / Credits: 6 )
MCMS 7300
Thesis in Medicinal Chemistry (MCMS 7300 / Credits: 3 )
Internship, Capstone (9 credits)
MCMS 7000
Internship in Medicinal Chemistry (MCMS 7000 / Credits: 6 )
MCMS 7100
Capstone in Medicinal Chemistry (MCMS 7100 / Credits: 3 )

Admissions Requirements

  1. NSU Graduate Application 
  2. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited academic institution.
  3. Official Transcripts from all educational institutions attended since high school.
  4. Minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for Admission: 3.0
  5. (2) Letters of Recommendation, one coming from an Academic Professor
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required but will be accepted.

Graduate Open House

Join us on Friday, March 22nd at 12:00 PM EST to learn more about Medicinal Chemistry, including careers within the field, NSU graduate degree offerings, and the application process.

This event is free and open for all to attend. You may register for the Open House here.

Program directors and department faculty from the Department of Chemistry and Physics, and NSU Halmos College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admissions will be in attendance to answer your questions about your program(s) of interest.

Program Director and Admissions Staff

Reza Razeghifard

Chair and Professor
Department of Chemistry and Physics
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Megan Troy

Assistant Director
Halmos Graduate Admissions
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