College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences St. John's University

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences St. John's University

Queens, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
March 1
fall application deadline
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4 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


Pharmacy Graduate Programs at a Top-Ranking Northeastern University

St. John's University enjoys top rankings. Located in New York City, St. John's is recognized by the "Princeton Review" in its Best Northeastern College and Best 378 Colleges lists. According to "U.S. News and World Report," SJU ranks in the top 65 graduate schools for pharmacy programs. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John's University offers several graduate-level programs for students interested in careers in health and pharmacy.

SJU is a private, Catholic university with 3 campuses in New York City. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences stays true to the university's core values by emphasizing social justice and community service. In addition to completing internships with leading pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy graduate students at SJU participate in service-oriented practicums in underserved areas of the New York metropolitan area.

The Master of Science in Biological and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

The biological and pharmaceutical biotechnology Master of Science (M.S.) degree program at St. John's University prepares students for careers in research labs, pharmaceutical companies, and information technology settings.

Coursework for the interdisciplinary program comprises 15 hours of core pharmaceutical biotechnology courses as well as a minimum of 15 hours of elective credits from the departments of chemistry, biological sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmacy and administrative sciences. All students in the program must also complete full-time, semester-long internships with biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies.

An M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences Degree Program with 5 Specialization Options

Students enrolled in SJU's pharmaceutical sciences master's program may specialize in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, industrial pharmacy, pharmacotherapeutics, or pharmaceutical biotechnology.

In addition to choosing a specialization, students in the program may also select a thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option includes 24 credit hours of required coursework, plus a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis-related work. The non-thesis option includes 24 hours of required courses, plus 3-6 hours of additional electives.

A Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Degree Program with an Emphasis on Practical Experience

The M.P.H. degree program at St. John's University prepares students to address health issues such as pandemics, HIV/AIDS, and health disparities.

Students may select concentrations in either community health or global health. Both concentrations require students to complete 45 credits of coursework, which includes a 3-credit public health internship. All students complete post-internship "culminating experience" projects that include paper and capstone presentations.

The M.S. in Toxicology Degree Program

The toxicology master's degree program at SJU prepares students to work in research, academia, regulatory agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry. Students in the program work with faculty members on research projects related to pulmonary toxicology, renal toxicology, molecular toxicology, neurotoxicity, and pesticides.

A Master's in Pharmacy Administration Degree Program with Two Unique Specializations

SJU's pharmacy administration M.S. degree program offers 2 specialization options. The pharmaceutical marketing specialization is designed for students interested in careers in medical sales and marketing. The regulatory affairs/quality assurance specialization is aimed at students interested in drug development, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution.

In addition to choosing a specialization, students may select thesis or non-thesis options.

The Combined M.S. Degree in Pharmacy and Library and Information Science

The dual pharmacy/library and information science M.S. degree program prepares students for careers in pharmaceutical libraries within hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Students in this unique program complete 24 credit hours of library and information science coursework, 21 credit hours of pharmacy coursework, and 12 elective courses.

A Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences Degree Program with 4 Unique Specializations

Students enrolled in the pharmaceutical sciences Ph.D. degree program at St. John's University may specialize in industrial pharmacy, pharmacology, toxicology, or medicinal chemistry. The program comprises core biopharmaceutical courses and a selection of specialization-related electives.

All pharmaceutical sciences Ph.D. degree program students must complete theses. A minimum of 15 credit hours of dissertation research is required.

Experienced, Diverse Faculty Members with a Wide Variety of Research Interests

Professor Preety Gadhoke holds an M.P.A. degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a Ph.D. in international health and social and behavioral interventions from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include cultural sensitivity, mixed methodology, and health behavior change theories.

Before he joined SJU's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Professor Abu Serajuddin was the executive director of pharmaceutical research and development at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. During his 3-decade career in the pharmaceutical industry, Professor Serajuddin received several research grants and industry awards, including the Novartis Leading Scientist Award and the prestigious American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Research Achievement Award in Formulation Design and Development.

Professor Robert A. Mangione earned an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at SJU. He also holds a Ph.D. degree and an Ed.D. degree in educational administration and supervision from SJU's School of Education. Professor Mangione has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications. One of his primary research interests is pharmaceutical care for patients with celiac disease, and he is an active board member of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.

Applying to a Pharmacy and Health Sciences Graduate Program

Students interested in earning M.S. degrees from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at SJU must have bachelor's degrees in science-related fields with minimum G.P.A.s of 3.0,. To apply for the master's degree program, students must each submit transcripts, an application, GRE scores, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation. International students must submit TOEFL scores.

To be considered for admission into the Ph.D. degree program, students must hold bachelor's or master's degrees in relevant fields, such as toxicology, biology, chemistry, or pharmaceutical science. Applicants must have undergraduate G.P.A.s of 3.5 or higher and graduate G.P.A.s of 3.0 or higher.

Location & Contact

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

St. John's University

8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
United States

Dr. Russell DiGate


Phone: 718-990-6411
Fax: 718-990-8070

Mr. Robert Medrano

Director of Graduate Admission

Phone: 718-990-1601

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Public Health (MPH)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Science/Doctor of Philosophy (MS/PhD)
      Master of Science/Master of Library Science (MS/MLS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 42
    • Doctoral Degrees 233
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


51% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 305
    • Accepted 156
    • Acceptance Rate 51
    • Enrolled 42
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $70
    • Application Fee - International $70
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st November 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0, 2 letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.5, and 2 letters of recommendation, bachelor's or master's degree in natural or physical sciences
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students708
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students708
    • Part-time Percentage16%
    • Full-time Percentage84%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian27%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian63%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown1%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty116
    • Full-time Percentage83%
    • Part-time Percentage17%
    • Female Percentage59%
    • Male Percentage41%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchControlled drug delivery, cardiovascular pharmacology, adult internal medicine, molecular pathology, consumer utilization of over-the-counter drugs
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported