Drug Discovery and Development
Major: Drug Discovery and Development
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 38.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.1001
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-1029
About the Program
The MS in Drug Discovery and Development program provides in-depth exposure to the multiple elements involved in drug discovery and development. This program has been designed to prepare students for a smooth transition into an enduring and productive research career within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. It covers all aspects of drug discovery and development ranging from the discovery and characterization of drug targets through to regulatory approval and commercialization. Students will also be exposed to business aspects as well as to other areas of biotechnology and to the basic sciences of pharmacology and physiology.
The MS in Drug Discovery and Development is available to individuals who have already obtained a BS or BA degree in some field of the biomedical or health sciences who may wish to pursue an industry-focused master's-level degree. This may include individuals who wish to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnical industries.
This program is also intended for individuals from other disciplines who wish to have a broader base of information about drug discovery and development, those who may wish to transition into the industry, or those who are already active in the industry and seek to increase their knowledge. The curriculum has been designed with the recognition that the complex pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries require a diversity of personnel experience.
For more information about this program, visit the College of Medicine's Biomedical Graduate Studies page.
For acceptance to the program, the applicant must have completed a four-year biology or chemistry-based bachelor's degree program, or equivalent, with at least a 3.0 GPA. Students must fulfill all requirements for consideration as defined by the Drexel University College of Medicine Biomedical Graduate Education Committee:
- official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended;
- official copies of entrance test scores and official test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
- references from at least three instructors or professionals;
- an application fee, made payable to Drexel University is required for application processing (online application is free);
- 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), or IELTS.
Students applying to the program will be expected to have undergraduate experience in chemistry, cell biology, biochemistry, and mathematics--including, at a minimum--two semesters each of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus and biology.
Visit Drexel University's Graduate Admissions site for additional information regarding specific requirements for applying to the College of Medicine as well as important application dates.
For additional information on how to apply, visit Drexel's Admissions page for Biomedical Graduate Studies.
The curriculum is designed to provide students with a detailed core focusing on the many facets of the drug discovery and development process, while simultaneously providing students with multiple options to pursue related areas of interest.
|IDPT 500S||Responsible Conduct of Research||2.0-3.0|
|or CR 612S||Fundamentals of Compliance|
|NEUR 500S||Statistics for Neuro/Pharm Research||2.0-3.0|
|or IDPT 501S||Biostatistics I|
|or CR 520S||Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics|
|PHRM 502S||Current Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology||1.0|
|PHRM 512S||Graduate Pharmacology||3.0|
|PHRM 517S||Advanced Topics in Pharmacology||1.0|
|PHRM 525S||Drug Discovery and Development I||3.0|
|PHRM 526S||Drug Discovery and Development II||3.0|
|PHRM 605S||Research in Drug Discovery and Development||4.0|
|Ethical Issues in Research|
|The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research|
|Pharmaceutical R&D: Business Process and Information Flow|
|World Wide Regulatory Submissions|
|Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics|
|Scientific Writing and Medical Literature|
|Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research|
|Compliance & Monitoring Issues|
|Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance|
|Designing the Clinical Trial|
|Innovative Product Development|
|Fundamentals of Compliance|
|Pharmacotherapy in New Drug R&D|
|Intro to Therapeutic Products|
|Informatics in Pharm Res & Development|
|Health Policy and Economics|
|Vaccines and Vaccine Development|
|Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I|
|Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II|
|Animal Models for Biomedical Research|
|Graduate Neuroscience I|
|CELL MOL PATHBIO CANCER ANGIOG|
|Pharm & Phys 1st Lab Rotation|
|Prin of Neuropharmacology|
|Advanced Topics in Physiology|
|New Frontiers in Therapy|
|Methods in Biomedical Research|
|Internship in Drug Discovery and Development|
|Intensive Internship in Drug Discovery and Development|
|Special Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology|
Quarter Elective Course Options (must be approved by advisor)
|Implementing Strategies Using Project Teams|
|Readings in Strategic Management|
|Seminar in Organizational Behavior|
|Leadership and Professional Development|
|Principles of Epidemiology|
|Introduction to Project Management|
|International Project Management|
Courses that are not listed above may be taken as electives only with the approval of the program director.