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University of the Sciences

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 58%42%
    student ratio
  • 361
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


An Exclusive Focus on Science and Healthcare

University of the Sciences is a private, coeducational institution that focuses particularly on the advancement in the fields of applied health, pharmacy, and natural sciences.

The campus is situated on 35 acres in Philadelphia, with easy access to historical sites, other universities, major medical centers, and pharmaceutical companies.

Since 1821, when it was founded, the university has helped thousands of graduates launch and enhance successful careers in healthcare and the sciences. Six of the leading pharmaceutical companies were founded by university graduates.

Nearly 3,000 students attend University of the Sciences, and about 400 are graduate students, many of whom hail from regions such as South America, Europe, and the Middle East.

A Multitude of Programs

The College of Graduate Studies and the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy have over 20 certificate and degree programs. Students can choose from several areas of focus -- biochemistry, bioinformatics, the biological sciences, biomedical writing, cancer biology, chemistry, health policy, health psychology, pharmaceutical and healthcare business, pharmaceutics, pharmacognosy, pharmacology and toxicology, pharmacy, pharmacy administration, and public health.

Graduate degrees include the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.); the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.); the Master of Science (M.S.), with both thesis and nonthesis options; the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD); and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). In addition, the Master and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (MOT and DrOT), the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) are offered .

Master's (thesis option) and doctoral degrees require at least 20 semester hours of course work, followed by a minimum of 10 and 20 research credits, respectively. The nonthesis M.S. requires 30 semester hours of study.

The only accredited program of its kind, the M.S. in Biomedical Writing prepares medical writers to take complex scientific information and repackage it for a general audience. Along with the master's degree, two certificate programs -- in marketing and regulatory writing -- are offered online.

The Ph.D. in cancer biology, the only program of its kind in the region, is offered in conjunction with The Wistar Institute. This program integrates faculty and researchers from University of the Sciences and The Wistar Institute to provide a hands-on and multidisciplinary approach to cancer research and drug discovery.

Flexible Programs

Most programs offer full- and part-time programs of study, as well as day and evening classes. About a quarter of the graduate student body pursues full-time study.

To help professionals fit their course work into their busy schedules, several courses are available online. In fact, the biomedical writing and M.B.A. programs can be completed primarily online, and the University plans to expand this option to other graduate programs.

Even if students do not have the time to finish an entire degree or certificate, they can enroll in a course or two to brush up on their knowledge and give themselves a competitive advantage in their field.

Cutting-Edge Research Facilities

For hands-on experience that reinforces classroom knowledge, students can perform their research activities in more than 100 modern, well-equipped laboratories.

With more than 78,000 square feet, the McNeil Science and Technology Center provides students and faculty with specialized classrooms and laboratories for bioinformatics, pharmaceutics, chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmacognosy.

Other facilities at the university include the West Center for Computational Chemistry and Drug Design, with its broad array of sophisticated software and Beowulf Clusters; the Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Laboratory; the Pharmacology/Toxicology Center, complete with AAALAC-accredited animal-care facilities; and the Center for Advanced Pharmacy Studies (CAPS), a unique facility that was the first of its kind.

University of the Sciences houses laboratories especially equipped for capillary electrophoresis, cell biology, fluorescence DNA sequencing, high-pressure liquid chromatography, kinetics, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy studies (proton, carbon, fluorine, phosphorus, and other commonly used techniques), radioisotope methodology, receptor binding, and rheology, among others.

With online access to major scientific databases, subscriptions to more than 7,000 electronic and print journals, and a specialized 85,000-volume collection, the library gives graduate students the resources they need at their fingertips.

Students Work Closely with Expert Faculty

University of the Sciences employs about 150 faculty members who are not only teachers but also research scientists and experienced practitioners. Members of the graduate faculty regularly present at national and international conferences and publish in the most well-known peer-reviewed journals.

With small class sizes , students can interact one-on-one with their instructors, benefiting from the graduate faculty's diverse expertise.

Financial Aid and Admissions

Several students are supported by government- and industry-sponsored fellowships. Information about other forms of financial aid, such as loans, grants, and scholarships, is available through the Office of Financial Aid.

In general, applicants should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and must submit a completed application form, a nonrefundable application fee, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation, among other items.

Specific information, including application requirements and deadlines, varies by program and can be found on the Graduate Admission webpage or by contacting the Graduate Admission Office. Space is limited; early application is strongly encouraged.

Location & Contact

University of the Sciences

600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
United States

Mr. Christopher Miciek

Associate Director, Graduate Admissions

Phone: 215-596-8597
Fax: 215-895-1185

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Colleges, Departments, and Programs

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students361
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students361
    • Part-time Percentage57%
    • Full-time Percentage43%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty82
    • Full-time Percentage66%
    • Part-time Percentage34%
    • Female Percentage34%
    • Male Percentage66%




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