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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical Sciences is an exciting field that offers many different career opportunities related to the discovery, development and production of novel treatments. Graduates work within the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies and academic research. Currently, there is a need for professionals in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical research and development arena, which is expected to grow faster than average over the next decade. 

This graduate certificate program is a four-course program in Pharmaceutical Sciences intended for individuals with diverse backgrounds who are interested in getting familiar with pharmaceutical sciences. The courses offered in the certificate program are foundation courses in the Pharmaceutical Sciences MS and/or Ph.D. programs. The certificate is expected to serve as a conduit into the Pharmaceutical Sciences MS program for students who are not yet ready for application or admission. Most often the certificate program helps students decide whether they should apply to the 32-credit MS program in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Campus Information


UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Completed undergraduate courses in calculus, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry and biology or anatomy and physiology with grades of C or above.