MBA in Pharmaceutical Management

The MBA in Pharmaceutical Management merges business strategy with science and technology to advance careers in the dynamic pharmaceutical industry. Integrating online and classroom work, the degree features a pioneering curriculum designed in collaboration with Drexel’s College of Medicine and School of Public Health.

About the Program

The Drexel MBA in Pharmaceutical Management is accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—the top ranking available to a business school. Less than 20 percent of the world’s business schools hold this status.

The program aligns the strengths of Drexel University with the academic needs of students and those of the pharmaceutical industry to ensure the curriculum is innovative, relevant and responsive to industry changes. The program integrates leadership and ethics along with technology management and industry perspectives.

The MBA in Pharmaceutical Management program serves the needs of those who aspire to achieve advanced positions in management, policymaking or stakeholder relations. Participants develop skills and professional networks both online and in person within the learning community. Students learn to think strategically from world-renowned faculty and top practitioners. Working in a dynamic learning environment, participants master the fundamentals of business, identify leadership strengths and industry trends, and can immediately apply classroom learning to job performance. Residencies enhance the rigorous online coursework with advanced learning and promote teambuilding through interactive class discussions. This interactivity facilitates networking and mentoring opportunities and is critical to professional development.

Format of the Program

Three of the 17 courses offered in the program are offered in face-to-face formats during three- to six-day onsite sessions at the beginning, middle, and end of the program. Fourteen of the courses are conducted online during 10-11 week sessions. Email, chat rooms, streaming video, and online threaded discussions support extensive communications among students and faculty members. Online accessibility extends to student services as well.

For more information, view the College's MBA in Pharmaceutical Management web page.

Admission Requirements

The MBA in Pharmaceutical Management is intended to serve the needs of those employees who currently occupy or aspire to achieve advanced positions in management, policymaking, and/or stakeholder relations (whether research scientists, the medical profession, consumers, affiliates, partners or subcontractors). It is assumed that applicants hold at least five years of relevant professional experience.

Academic Preparation

Admission to the Drexel MBA in Pharmaceutical Management program at
LeBow College of Business is competitive. The Admissions Committee seeks an exceptionally talented, well-rounded and diverse group of students that will
succeed in an environment that is academically rigorous, professionally rewarding and personally enriching.

All applicants must have earned a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited
college or university. Degrees earned abroad will be evaluated and must be
deemed equivalent. The Committee reviews applications based on undergraduate record, Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score, quality and quantity of professional experience, clarity of career goals, professional references, statement of purpose and professional resume. Students whose native language is not English and who do not hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (ToEFL) score.

The GMAT is waived for any applicant holding a terminal degree (for example, PharmD, PhD, MD ).

Goals and Objectives

The MBA in Pharmaceutical Management program is designed for students to:

  • Acquire new skills and knowledge that can be applied immediately to improve job performance and the productivity of their teams, divisions, or organizations.
  • Understand the economic, medical, political and technological forces that will help shape the success of pharmaceutical companies in increasingly competitive global markets.
  • Learn concepts, terms and languages to improve their ability to understand the needs of and communicate with people both inside and outside of their organizations who are key to positioning a new product in the market or simply "getting the job done" whatever that job may be.
  • Create more extensive social networks within and across their organizations, thus easing the flow of information about best practices and innovative solutions to problems that span functional units.

Students may apply online or via the paper-based application. To apply online, visit


Enterprise Management Sequence
BUSN 501Measuring and Maximizing Financial Performance3.000
BUSN 502Essentials of Economics3.000
Advanced Business Core Component
High Impact Communications: Team Building3.0
ACCT 601Managerial Accounting3
FIN 601Corporate Financial Management3
STAT 601Business Statistics3
ECON 601Managerial Economics3
MKTG 601Marketing Strategy & Planning3
POM 601Operations Management3
Technology Management Sequence
MGMT 602Managing Technology Innovation3
MIS 641MIS Policy and Strategy3.000
Leadership Sequence
ORGB 625Leadership and Professional Development3
ORGB 631Leading Effective Organizations3
MGMT 780Strategic Management3
Advanced Pharmaceutical Management Component
BUSN 601Health Care Law and Pharmaceutical Regulations3
BUSN 602Business Strategies in Drug Development3
BUSN 698Special Topics in Business12.000
BUSN 698Special Topics in Business12.000


Major advances in the technologies used in the corporate world are being constantly matched by upgrades on campus. LeBow College classrooms and seminar rooms are designed as professional-quality settings for student discussions and presentations.

Centers of Excellence are catalysts for research and innovation, think tanks for nationally significant trends and issues, and incubators for opportunities in business and integration among disciplines. LeBow's Centers of Excellence provide students with meaningful experiential learning and impact the performance of business in our region and around the world.
  • Center for International Business and Economics
  • Center for Corporate Governance
  • Sovereign Institute for Strategic Leadership
  • Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology
  • Center for Research Excellence
  • Center for Teaching Excellence

The LeBow Network sponsors forums, lectures and events. These events enhance the educational experience and provide opportunities for students to meet and interact with fellow professionals

Student organizations such as LeBow Graduate Student Association (LGSA) and Drexel Women in Business (DWIB) make the LeBow experience more comprehensive.

Leonard Pearlstein Business Learning Center
Housed in the Center for Corporate and Executive Education in the state-of-the-art Leonard Pearlstein Business Learning Center at 33rd and Market, the Executive MBA program is LeBow's accelerated and integrated program designed to enable experienced professionals to leverage valuable work experience to maximize their leadership potential.

Made possible by a generous gift from George Krall '58 and his wife, Lois, the Center features the latest in classroom decor and technology, flexibly designed to comfortably accommodate business professionals.

Thanks to the gracious generosity of Drexel Trustee Melba Pearlstein and her family, LeBow students now have the distinct advantage of learning the intricacies of business in an ultramodern facility that combines high technology classrooms with a sophisticated corporate learning environment.

The Pearlstein Center includes:

  • State-of-the art classrooms, flexibly designed to comfortably accommodate executives in classroom instruction.
  • A multi-purpose room for breakout sessions, buffet lunches, or an additional classroom.
  • A workroom where students may send/receive faxes, photocopy materials, prepare and revise classroom assignments and presentations.
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