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:

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Degree Requirements

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.

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0-3.0
or CR 612S Fundamentals of Compliance
NEUR 500SStatistics for Neuro/Pharm Research2.0-3.0
or IDPT 501S Biostatistics I
or CR 520S Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics
PHRM 502SCurrent Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology1.0
PHRM 512SGraduate Pharmacology3.0
PHRM 517SAdvanced Topics in Pharmacology1.0
PHRM 525SDrug Discovery and Development I3.0
PHRM 526SDrug Discovery and Development II3.0
PHRM 605SResearch in Drug Discovery and Development4.0
Electives *14.0
Elective Options
Cancer Biology
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
Tech Transfer
Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
Pharmaceutical Law
Leadership Skills
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
Strategic Planning
Immunology I
Biotechniques I
Vaccines and Vaccine Development
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II
Animal Models for Biomedical Research
Graduate Neuroscience I
Graduate Physiology
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)
Bioinformatics I
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
Total Credits33.0-35.0

Courses that are not listed above may be taken as electives only with the approval of the program director.

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