Biomedicine and Entrepreneurship

Major: Biomedicine and Entrepreneurship
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 36.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.9999

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-1020   

About the Program

Mission Statement

The MS in Biomedicine and Entrepreneurship program integrates training in technical and practical aspects of science, research and entrepreneurship for individuals interested in pursuing innovation-driven careers in the life sciences. The program helps develop individual initiative and entrepreneurial thinking around scientific discoveries and innovation. The program is designed to facilitate not only new venture creation but also individual initiative and entrepreneurial thinking.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to progress into more advanced graduate studies in science or entrepreneurship and/or careers in scientifically oriented management jobs in the public or private sector. These graduates will especially be equipped to lead or have top management roles in new biomedical or life sciences ventures.

Curriculum

This is an interdisciplinary online program offered by the College of Medicine. The science courses, which are offered online are taught by faculty from Drexel University College of Medicine. Drexel University's Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship teach the entrepreneurship courses.

  • Non-thesis program (36.0 semester credits needed to graduate)
  • No thesis requirement
  • Required and elective courses in each discipline
  • Flexible internship (experiential learning)
  • Customizable plan of study

Format

  • Online (select courses in both disciplines are offered face-to-face on-campus)
  • Accelerated: 1-year MS (full-time) or 2.5 years (part-time)

Program Contact Information

For questions about the curriculum and program goals, please contact one of the Program Directors:

For questions about how to apply to the program, please contact an enrollment counselor at duonline@drexel.edu or visit the Drexel University Online MS in Biomedicine and Business web page.

For information regarding financial aid, please visit Drexel Central

Admission Requirements

Post-college applicants must have completed a four-year degree program. An undergraduate degree in science is preferred but not required. Although a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is strongly desired, an applicant with a lower cumulative GPA will be considered if other strengths are apparent in the application.

Applicants must also fulfill the following requirements for consideration:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
  • Official test scores from graduate and professional admission exams are highly desirable, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT); and 
  • References from at least three instructors or professionals.

International applicants (non-United States citizens) must meet the same requirements for admission as students from the United States. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate the ability to speak, write, and understand the English language by submitting an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). IELTS scores may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores. An evaluation by World Education Services (WES) is required for transcripts from institutions outside the United States. 

Online applications are accepted all year round for consideration for either fall or spring admission. Students may defer admission by one year. All admission decisions are made at the College of Medicine.

Program Contact Information

For questions about the curriculum and program goals, please contact one of the Program Directors:

For questions about how to apply to the program, please contact an enrollment counselor at duonline@drexel.edu.

For information regarding financial aid, please visit Drexel Central

Degree Requirements

Science courses are offered by Drexel University College of Medicine and are taught in semester terms (fall and spring). Entrepreneurship courses are taught in quarter terms (fall, winter, spring, and summer).  

Three (3.0) credit quarter courses confer the equivalent of 2.0 semester credits. The program required the completion of 36.0 semester credits for graduation. Semesters and quarters overlap sufficiently to allow full-time students to meet the degree requirements for this program in two years.  

There are several ways to customize the internship or experiential learning component (2.0 - 6.0 semester credits) so that it satisfies both the degree requirements and, especially, the student’s own personal needs and career aspirations. The duration of the internship may vary. Shorter rotations may require that the student enrolls in elective courses to meet the semester credit requirements for the degree.

Required Courses
Science
MIIM 503SBiomedical Ethics2.0
or IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct of Research
MIIM 518SFoundations of Applied Biomedicine *3.0
MIIM 519SCommercialization of Biomedical Technology3.0
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management5.0
Entrepreneurship
ENTP 501Entrepreneurship Essentials **3.0
ENTP 540Methods of Entrepreneurship **3.0
Electives
Choose at least 1 program-specific science elective and 2 entrepreneurship electives6.0
Science, Program-Specific (Pick at least 1, but more than 1 is recommended)
Applied Statistics for Biomedical Sciences
Biostatistics I
Biomedicine Seminar
Experiential Learning
Biomedical Career Explorations
Special Topics in Microbiology & Immunology
Science, Clinical Research
Emerging Trends in Medical Device History
Business Processes and Contemporary Concerns in Pharmaceutical R & D
World Wide Regulatory Submissions
Intro to Clinical Trials
Scientific Writing and Medical Literature
Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
Pharmaceutical Law
Compliance & Monitoring Issues
Designing the Clinical Trial
Science, Basic Science & Research
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I
Concepts in Biomedicine I
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II
Concepts in Biomedicine II
Molecular Medicine Journal Club I
Molecular Medicine Journal Club II
Biotechniques I: Molecular and Genomic Methods
Biotechniques II: Immunological Methods
Viruses and Viral Infections
Bacteria and Bacterial Infections
Mycology and Fungal Infections
Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases
Introduction to Infectious Diseases
Introduction to Immunology
Microbiology and Immunology Seminar
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Clinical Correlations in Infectious Disease
Entrepreneurship **
Social Entrepreneurship
Dynamics of the Family Firm
Franchising
Learning from Failure
Innovation & Ideation
Innovation in Established Companies
Leading New Ventures
Building Internal & External Relationships
Early Stage Venture Funding
Clean Venture Lab
The Lean Launch
Special Topics in Entrepreneurship

Sample Plan of Study

To learn more about part-time options, please contact a Program Director:  

Sample Plans of Study

These are samples of customizable plans of study. Variations may occur depending on course availability and each student's interest.  

Full-Time, Fall Start

First Year
FallCredits
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 518SFoundations of Applied Biomedicine3.0
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 550SBiomedicine Seminar3.0
CR 525SScientific Writing and Medical Literature3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 519SCommercialization of Biomedical Technology3.0
MIIM 503S
or IDPT 500S
Biomedical Ethics
Responsible Conduct of Research
2.0
ENTP 540*Methods of Entrepreneurship3.0
Elective Course(s) 
ENTP 631*Building Internal & External Relationships3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Summer
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 605SExperiential Learning2.0-6.0
MIIM 645SBiomedical Career Explorations2.0
ENTP 651*Leading New Ventures3.0
 Term Credits7.0-11.0
Second Year
Fall
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management5.0
ENTP 501*Entrepreneurship Essentials3.0
Elective Course(s) 
ENTP 631*Building Internal & External Relationships3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 38.0-42.0

Full-Time, Spring Start

First Year
Spring
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 519SCommercialization of Biomedical Technology3.0
MIIM 503SBiomedical Ethics2.0
ENTP 540*Methods of Entrepreneurship3.0
Elective Course(s) 
ENTP 660*Early Stage Venture Funding3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Summer
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 518SFoundations of Applied Biomedicine3.0
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 645SBiomedical Career Explorations2.0
ENTP 641*Innovation in Established Companies3.0
ENTP 651*Leading New Ventures3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Second Year
Fall
Required Course(s) 
ENTP 501*Entrepreneurship Essentials3.0
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 550SBiomedicine Seminar3.0
MIIM 605SExperiential Learning2.0-6.0
 Term Credits8.0-12.0
Spring
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management5.0
Elective Course(s) 
CR 501SEmerging Trends in Medical Device History3.0
ENTP 690*The Lean Launch3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 41.0-45.0

Part-Time, Fall Start

First Year (Part-Time)
FallCredits
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 518SFoundations of Applied Biomedicine3.0
ENTP 501*Entrepreneurship Essentials3.0
Elective Course(s) 
CR 525SScientific Writing and Medical Literature3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 519SCommercialization of Biomedical Technology3.0
MIIM 503SBiomedical Ethics2.0
ENTP 540*Methods of Entrepreneurship3.0
 Term Credits8.0
Summer
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 605SExperiential Learning2.0-6.0
ENTP 651*Leading New Ventures3.0
 Term Credits5.0-9.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Fall
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 550SBiomedicine Seminar3.0
CR 515SIntro to Clinical Trials3.0
ENTP 611*Learning from Failure3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management5.0
Elective Course(s) 
ENTP 621*Innovation & Ideation3.0
 Term Credits8.0
Total Credit: 39.0-43.0

Part-Time, Spring Start

First Year (Part-Time)
Spring
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 519SCommercialization of Biomedical Technology3.0
MIIM 503SBiomedical Ethics2.0
 Term Credits5.0
Summer
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 518SFoundations of Applied Biomedicine3.0
Elective Course(s) 
CR 515SIntro to Clinical Trials3.0
ENTP 641*Innovation in Established Companies3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Second Year (Part-Time)
Fall
Required Course(s) 
ENTP 540*Methods of Entrepreneurship3.0
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 550SBiomedicine Seminar3.0
CR 535SCurrent Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
Required Course(s) 
ENTP 540*Methods of Entrepreneurship3.0
Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 605SExperiential Learning2.0-6.0
 Term Credits5.0-9.0
Summer
Required Course(s) 
MIIM 631SBiomedical Innovation Development and Management5.0
Elective Course(s) 
ENTP 651*Leading New Ventures3.0
 Term Credits8.0
Total Credit: 36.0-40.0

Program Goals

Upon completion of the degree requirements for this MS program, students would have achieved the following program-level goals:

  1. Develop broad core knowledge in biological sciences, entrepreneurship and biomedical innovation
    • ​​Be proficient in fundamental concepts in molecular and cellular biology, and other major areas within the biological sciences 
    • Be proficient in fundamental concepts in entrepreneurship
    • Be proficient in the process of biomedical innovation development and commercialization
  2. Develop analytical and critical thinking skills
    • ​​Be able to critically analyze the ideas and concepts related to science and entrepreneurship presented written or orally by others (e.g., textbooks, journals, mass media, presentations by peers and subject matter experts)
    • Be able to identify, analyze, and evaluate the need for innovative solutions to problems or challenges in biomedicine and innovation management
    • Be able to identify and analyze challenges faced in biomedical innovation development and management 
    • Be able to discuss the commercial viability of innovative biomedical products (e.g., drugs, devices, diagnostics, digital media content)
    • Be able to draft and analyze strategic and tactical plans to deliver a biomedical product to the market
    • Be able to articulate and defend their analysis 
  3. Develop research skills
    • ​​Be proficient at conducting primary research 
    • Be proficient in collecting data from electronic databases, the World Wide Web, the library, and other sources 
    • Be able to interpret data
  4. Develop professional ethics
    • ​​Be able to identify and evaluate professional ethical dilemmas, and discuss appropriate resolutions 
    • Apply professional ethical standards such as appropriate attribution of ideas, good recordkeeping, and truthful presentation of data/facts and conclusions
    • Be able identify and evaluate the economic and social impact of strategic decisions
  5. Develop communication and leadership skills
    • ​Be proficient at developing oral and/or written comprehensive reports, presenting facts, analysis, and conclusions
    • Be proficient at using appropriate technologies for communication
    • Be able to interact and work effectively with others in work settings involving cultural and demographic diversity
  6. Develop other “work readiness” soft skills (e.g., teamwork, problem-solving, knowledge of career opportunities, networking)
    • ​​Be knowledgeable of career opportunities in their desired field
    • Be proficient at presenting a professional profile of oneself
    • Be proficient at time-management
    • Be able to work in teams
    • Begin to develop problem-solving skills for use in the workplace
    • Begin to develop a professional network

Drexel Student Learning Priorities (DSLPs)

In the course of meeting these program-level goals, students would have also made progress in all of Drexel’s Student Learning Priorities (DSLPsto help them build their future:

Core Intellectual and Practical Skills:

  • Communication
  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Information literacy
  • Self-directed learning

Experiential and Applied Learning: 

  • Global competence
  • Leadership
  • Professional practice
  • Research, scholarship and creative expression
  • Responsible citizenship
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