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 online 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.


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)
  • Required and elective courses in each discipline
  • Flexible optional internship (experiential learning)
  • Customizable plan of study


  • Online (select courses in both disciplines are offered face to face on-campus)
  • New students admitted each fall and spring semesters
  • Classes taught throughout the year (fall, spring, and summer)
  • Accelerated: 1-year MS (full-time) or 1.5 years (part-time)

Full-time and Part-time Options

Students may meet the degree requirements on either a full-time (at least 9.0 credits per semester) or part-time basis. Full-time students generally complete the program in one year. Part-time students must complete the program within four years. Students must enroll in at least 4.5 semester credits of College of Medicine courses to qualify for financial aid. For information regarding financial aid, please visit Drexel Central

Program Contact Information

For questions about the curriculum and program goals, please contact the program director:

Sandra Urdaneta-Hartmann, MD, PhD, MBA 

For questions about how to apply to the program, please contact an enrollment counselor at or visit the Drexel University Online MS in Biomedicine and Entrepreneurship webpage.

Admission Requirements

New students are admitted every fall and spring semester.

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 preferred.

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)
  • References from at least three instructors or professionals

Official test scores from graduate and professional admission exams, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), are optional but highly desirable.

Three letters of recommendation are required. If you received your degree within the last five years, it is strongly recommended that at least one letter of recommendation be provided by someone familiar with your academic qualifications and potential (e.g., your undergraduate advisor, a course instructor, or your research mentor). If you are requesting a letter from someone at your place of employment, the recommendation should be provided by a supervisor (or another more senior manager) with direct knowledge of your work and should address your scientific aptitude as well as your work ethic.

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. 

  • TOEFL score needs to be at least 90 with at least a 27 in both the reading and writing sections.
  • IELTS score needs to be above 7

Certain visa types do not permit individuals to enroll in online or hybrid programs. Foreign applicants should check with their visa sponsors for eligibility. Drexel University cannot sponsor F-1 or J1 visas for individuals interested in online, hybrid, or part-time programs.

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

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, spring and summer). Entrepreneurship courses are taught in quarter terms (fall and winter only).  

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.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
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
ENTP 501Entrepreneurship Practice & Mindset **3.0
ENTP 540Methods of Entrepreneurship **3.0
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 Regulation
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
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 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
Required Course(s)Required Course(s)Elective Course(s)
MIIM 518S3.0MIIM 519S3.0MIIM 605S2.0-6.0
Elective Course(s)MIIM 503S or IDPT 500S2.0MIIM 645S2.0
MIIM 550S3.0ENTP 540*3.0ENTP 651*3.0
CR 525S3.0Elective Course(s) 
 ENTP 631*3.0 
 9 11 7-11
Second Year
Required Course(s)  
MIIM 631S5.0  
ENTP 501*3.0  
Elective Course(s)  
ENTP 631*3.0  
Total Credits 38-42

Full-Time, Spring Start

First Year
 Required Course(s)Required Course(s)
 MIIM 519S3.0MIIM 518S3.0
 MIIM 503S2.0Elective Course(s)
 ENTP 540*3.0MIIM 645S2.0
 Elective Course(s)ENTP 641*3.0
 ENTP 660*3.0ENTP 651*3.0
  11 11
Second Year
Required Course(s)Required Course(s) 
ENTP 501*3.0MIIM 631S5.0 
Elective Course(s)Elective Course(s) 
MIIM 550S3.0CR 501S3.0 
MIIM 605S2.0-6.0ENTP 690*3.0 
 8-12 11 
Total Credits 41-45

Part-Time, Fall Start

First Year (Part-Time)
Required Course(s)Required Course(s)Elective Course(s)
MIIM 518S3.0MIIM 519S3.0MIIM 605S2.0-6.0
ENTP 501*3.0MIIM 503S2.0ENTP 651*3.0
Elective Course(s)ENTP 540*3.0 
CR 525S3.0  
 9 8 5-9
Second Year (Part-Time)
Elective Course(s)Required Course(s) 
MIIM 550S3.0MIIM 631S5.0 
CR 515S3.0Elective Course(s) 
ENTP 611*3.0ENTP 621*3.0 
 9 8 
Total Credits 39-43

Part-Time, Spring Start

First Year (Part-Time)
 Required Course(s)Required Course(s)
 MIIM 519S3.0MIIM 518S3.0
 MIIM 503S2.0Elective Course(s)
  CR 515S3.0
  ENTP 641*3.0
  5 9
Second Year (Part-Time)
Required Course(s)Required Course(s)Required Course(s)
ENTP 540*3.0ENTP 540*3.0MIIM 631S5.0
Elective Course(s)Elective Course(s)Elective Course(s)
MIIM 550S3.0MIIM 605S2.0-6.0ENTP 651*3.0
CR 535S3.0  
 9 5-9 8
Total Credits 36-40

Program Goals

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

  • Develop essential knowledge and skills for managing commercialization of biomedical innovation within the context of new ventures and established enterprises
  • Develop analytical, research, and critical thinking skills around science and biomedical innovation and new product development
  • Develop an advanced understanding of professional ethics
  • Develop advanced communication and leadership skills
  • Develop practical knowledge and skills used in real-life scenarios
  • Develop other "work readiness" soft skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, knowledge of career opportunities, and networking

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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