M.S. in Pharmaceutics - Cosmetic Science

M.S. in Pharmaceutics with specialization in Cosmetic Science

The only program of its kind in New York, LIU Pharmacy’s M.S. in Pharmaceutics with specialization in Cosmetic Science prepares students for careers in the consumer products industry, researching, developing, and testing new cosmetics, perfumes, toiletries, household products, and more.

Graduates of the program are highly sought after by the global cosmetics industry to support research, development and manufacturing operations in the areas of chemistry, cosmetic/dermatological formulations technology, product evaluations and safety. 


The mission of the Master of Science in Pharmaceutics with specialization in Cosmetic Science is to uniquely prepare students for entry into the cosmetics industry and other related fields. Graduates of the program will be highly sought after by the global cosmetics industry to support research, development and manufacturing operations in the areas of chemistry, cosmetic/dermatological formulations technology, product evaluations and safety. Alumni should become positioned to assume leadership positions within the cosmetics industry.


Goal 1:            Develop the expertise and skills necessary for the design, manufacture and evaluation of various cosmetic and dermatological products.

1.1       Perform calculations necessary to scale-up a dermatological formulation;

1.2       List the challenges involved in formulation and preparation of dermatological products;

1.3       Design set of experiments necessary to develop a dermatological product;

1.4       Evaluate final dermatological product based on in-vitro experiments;

1.5       Identify tests necessary to conduct in-vitro testing of dermatological products.

Goal 2:            Demonstrate ability to develop, validate and apply different instrumental analytical techniques to analyze various cosmetic and dermatological products.

2.1       Describe how to validate analytical methods;

2.2       Be able to select appropriate column for HPLC analysis;

2.3       Perform calculations necessary to determine the concentration of an analyte in given sample;

2.4       Select the appropriate method for quantitative measurement of analyte concentration.

Goal 3:            Use physical chemical principles involved in development of dermatological dosage forms.

3.1       Identify appropriate ingredients to formulate a cosmetic dosage form;

3.2       Demonstrate the ability to conduct stability testing of different dermatological formulations;

3.3       Apply physiochemical principles to develop dermatological products;

3.4       Utilize rheological parameters for packaging of dermatological formulations;

3.         Understand principles underlying behavior of various types of surfactants;

3.6       Understand properties of preservatives and their application.

Goal 4:            Develop the oral and written communication skills necessary to inform and educate professional and scientific peers.

4.1       Demonstrate the ability to write scientific documents;

4.2       Demonstrate ability to present scientific findings orally.


Students taking the Non-Thesis Option must complete 33 credits of course work and pass the written comprehensive examination. Students taking the Thesis Option must complete 30 credits of course work of which 6 credits are for PHS 060 Research and Thesis, submit a satisfactory thesis proposal, submit a satisfactory written thesis, and successfully defend (orally) their written thesis.

The following courses are required to complete the M.S. in Pharmaceutics with a specialization in Cosmetic Science:

PHA 010

Biostatistics

3

PHS 020

Seminar In Pharmaceutics

3

PHS 931

Advanced Physical Pharmacy I

3

PHS 950

Cosmetic/Dermatological Formulations and Technology I

3

PHS 951

Cosmetic/Dermatological Formulations and Technology II

3

PHS 952

Cosmetic/Dermatological Formulations and Technology Laboratory

3

PHS 960

Properties/Applications of Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Raw Materials

3

PHS 972

Methods of Pharmaceutical Analysis

3

Students selecting the Thesis Option must register for the following course in two consecutive semesters:

PHS 060

Research And Thesis

3

The following courses may be selected from as electives for the Specialization in Cosmetic Science:

PHS 070

Special Projects

3

PHS 702

Physical Chemistry II

3

PHS 769

Transdermal Drug Delivery

3

PHS 932

Advanced Physical Pharmacy II

3

PHS 936

Dosage Form Design

3

PHS 937

Pharmaceutical Engineering

3

PHS 958

Aerosol Science and Technology

3


CONTACT

LIU Pharmacy
John M. Pezzuto, A.B., Ph.D.
Dean