Pharmaceutical Biochemistry (MS) at Montclair State University

Pharmaceutical Biochemistry (MS)

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Pharmaceutical Biochemistry (MS) – STEM Designated Degree Program

The objective of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a Master of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Biochemistry at Montclair State University. Graduates from this program will be prepared for careers in applied research or product development in the pharmaceutical industry and for work in management, inspection, sales and service. Specifically, these graduates will have the requisite skills in biochemistry, drug design and pharmacology to set them on a career path in the pharmaceutical industry. This program is uniquely poised to meet these objectives by providing a core curriculum which closely parallels the drug discovery process followed within the pharmaceutical industry. The core curriculum provides training in the biochemical aspects of drug discovery, drug screening and medicinal chemistry technologies, and pharmacological evaluation of new drug candidates.

Available Funding:
Receive an OPEN-NJ scholarship ($10,000/year for 2-3 years) to pursue an eligible program at Montclair. Submit your graduate application to one of the programs below AND email Dr. Nina Goodey,, to indicate interest in the OPEN-NJ Scholarship.

The Selection Committee will use your graduate school application when making their decision.

Along with the Pharmaceutical Biochemistry (MS) degree, the department also offers the following options for graduate study: ChemistryChemistry (Combined BS/MS)Chemistry (Combined BS/MAT), and Chemistry with Concentration in Biochemistry. Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

This program will ideally be suited for students with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry or chemistry. The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all of corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Pharmaceutical Biochemistry (MS) program:

  • Transcript: (One) from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Please write one integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (2).
  • Standardized Test Scores: GRE Optional (Applicants have the option of submitting GRE scores. Any applicant voluntarily choosing to do so should select Montclair State University as the receiving institution on their score report)
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

This program is 32 semester hours. The particular course of study will be developed on an individual basis for each student, so that students with a background in areas other than biochemistry or chemistry can be accommodated by including the necessary biochemical prerequisites before starting the core curriculum. For more information, please visit the Pharmaceutical Biochemistry (MS) program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Chemistry (MS) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Dr. Jim Dyer
Richardson Hall 347