Master of Science in Drug Discovery and Development

Master of Science: 38.0 semester credits

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
NEUR 500SStatistics for Neuro/Pharm Research2.0
or IDPT 501S Biostatistics I
PHRM 512SGraduate Pharmacology3.0
PHRM 525SDrug Discovery and Development I3.0
PHRM 526SDrug Discovery and Development II3.0
PHRM 605SResearch in Drug Discovery and Development4.0
PHGY 503SGRADUATE PHYSIOLOGY4.0
PHRM 502SCurrent Topics i Pharm & Phys1.0
PHRM 516SAdvanced Topics in Physiology1.0
PHRM 517SAdvanced Topics in Pharmacology1.0
Electives *14.0
Elective Options
Biotechniques I
Vaccines and Vaccine Development
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II
Animal Models for Biomedical Research
Graduate Neuroscience I
Immunology I
Cancer Biology
CELL MOL PATHBIO CANCER ANGIOG
Pharm & Phys 1st Lab Rotation
Prin of Neuropharmacology
New Frontiers in Therapy
Methods in Biomedical Research
Quarter Elective Course Options (must be approved by advisor)
Bioinformatics I
Implementing Strategies Using Project Teams
Readings in Strategic Management
Introduction to Project Management
International Project Management
Principles of Epidemiology
Pharmacogenomics
Seminar in Organizational Behavior
Leadership and Professional Development
Total Credits38.0

*

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




Courses

PHRM 502S Current Topics i Pharm & Phys 1.0 Credit

Current topics in experimental pharmacology are presented via a journal club alternating with research presentations. In addition to active student participation, all members of the department of pharmacology and physiology (research assistants, postdoctoral fellows and faculty) participate.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PHRM 503S Pharm & Phys 1st Lab Rotation 4.0 Credits

First rotation. Guided research is conducted on a part-time basis for two or three 8-10 week periods. Rotations are generally conducted during spring or summer of the first year. A written research report is required at the end of each rotation.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 504S Pharm & Phys 2nd Lab Rotation 4.0 Credits

Second rotation. Guided research is conducted on a part-time basis for two or three 8-10 week periods. Rotations are generally conducted during spring or summer of the first year. A written research report is required at the end of each rotation.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 505S Pharm & Phys 3rd Lab Rotation 4.0 Credits

Third rotation. Guided research is conducted on a part-time basis for two or three 8-10 week periods. Rotations are generally conducted during spring or summer of the first year. A written research report is required at the end of each rotation.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 507S Prin of Neuropharmacology 3.0 Credits

This course covers basic concepts in Neuropharmacology, all of the major neurotransmitter systems, behavioral pharmacology and addition, approaches to molecular and cellular physiology including photoactivated biomolecules, electrophysiology, phosphorylation.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 512S Graduate Pharmacology 3.0 Credits

This team taught course provides a basic knowledge of the pharmacologic mechanisms of action, effects on organ systems, routes of administration, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic uses, adverse reactions, contraindications, and drug interactions of drugs.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 516S Advanced Topics in Physiology 1.0 Credit

PHRM516S is presented in several formats throughout the semester to discuss cellular physiology, neurophysiology, muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, gastrointestinal physiology, endocrinology, and renal physiology. These formats include review of past scientific findings that led to the current understanding of a physiological principle, journal club style format, self-directed problem sheets, development of a working model based on past and present scientific knowledge, and point/counter-point discussions where students debate pros and cons of a controversy in physiology.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: PHGY 503S

PHRM 517S Advanced Topics in Pharmacology 1.0 Credit

This course will expand upon the Graduate Pharmacology course for graduate students enrolled in Graduate Pharmacology 512S. The intent is to provide more in-depth coverage of selected topics that will be beneficial to students pursuing a career where pharmacology is a principle component of training, education and/or employment.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Corequisite: PHRM 512S

PHRM 518S New Frontiers in Therapy 1.0 Credit

This course will provide a glimpse of what could revolutionize diagnosis and treatment with emphasis on personalized medicine. Scientific impact, technical challenges, and sociopolitical repercussions will be discussed. Students will be required to write a research proposal in NIH format and are expected to participate in peer review.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 519S Methods in Biomedical Research 1.0 Credit

A primary goal for this course is to introduce Pharmacology & Physiology graduate students to the breadth of techniques used within the Department. Students will gain insight into not only some of the technical aspects of a variety of methods, but also how to critically examine techniques in both their own research and the literature for strengths, weaknesses and limits. At the end of the course, students should have a greater appreciation for the modalities used outside of their own labs, and an understanding of how those technologies are moving biomedical research forward.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 520S Internship in Drug Discovery and Development 4.0 Credits

The Internship in Drug Discovery and Development provides the student with a unique opportunity to apply the principles and skills learned in the classroom and acquire valuable professional experience and critical insight in a specific field. The internship is integrated into the curriculum such that it complements classroom activities and permits the student to explore an area of interest that they may ultimately pursue as a career path. Students are paired with experienced professionals who supervise their work and act as mentors and advisors. Internships can be arranged with an extensive network of pharmaceutical corporations, biotechnology companies, foundations and universities in the region as well as Drexel University itself.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHRM 512S [Min Grade: C] and PHGY 503S [Min Grade: C] and PHRM 525S [Min Grade: C]

PHRM 521S Intensive Internship in Drug Discovery and Development 9.0 Credits

The Intensive Internship in Drug Discovery and Development provides the student with a unique opportunity to apply the principles and skills learned in the classroom and acquire valuable professional experience and critical insight in a specific field. The internship is integrated into the curriculum such that it complements classroom activities and permits the student to explore an area of interest that they may ultimately pursue as a career path. Students are paired with experienced professionals who supervise their work and act as mentors and advisors. Internships can be arranged with an extensive network of pharmaceutical corporations, biotechnology companies, foundations and universities in the region as well as Drexel University itself.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHRM 512S [Min Grade: C] and PHGY 503S [Min Grade: C] and PHRM 525S [Min Grade: C]

PHRM 525S Drug Discovery and Development I 3.0 Credits

This course, the first of two, will provide in-depth exposure to the concepts and processes involved in drug discovery and development as practiced in the biopharmaceutical industry cover all facets from target identification through to the submission of the investigational New Drug Application (IND). Current unmet medical needs and case histories from difference therapeutic areas will be reviewed.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 526S Drug Discovery and Development II 3.0 Credits

This course will provide in-depth exposure to the concepts and processes involved in drug discovery and development as practiced in the biopharmaceutical industry. It will follow the first course (Drug Discovery and Development I) and will cover all aspects from roval process to the submission of the NDA to regulatory approval and post-marketing surveillance.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PHRM 525S [Min Grade: B]

PHRM 600S Pharmacology Thesis Research 9.0 Credits

Research toward the fulfillment of the dissertation is conducted beginning after successful completion of the qualifying examination. Progress is monitored by the student's advisor and department, Advisory Committee or Thesis Committee.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PHRM 602S RESEARCH METHODS IN PHARMACOLO 2.0 Credits

A research course in which the student participates in several research projects under the direction of different staff members in order to become familiar with the specific areas of expertise of the faculty. This course emphasizes not only experimental methods but also the conceptual bases for investigating current problems in pharmacology.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 605S Research in Drug Discovery and Development 4.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide opportunities for the student to pursue research in the area of drug discovery and development. This can be done either in an academic or pharmaceutical laboratory under the supervision of a mentor. An alternative or an additional aspect can be the conduct of research for this thesis that is not laboratory research but library research based on an approved topic for the thesis requirement. Bother alternatives, laboratory or library research must be approved by the course directors.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 751S MEDICAL PHARMACOLGY 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 823S CARDIOVASCULAR PHARMACOLOGY 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 895S PHARMACOLOGY RESEARCH 0.0 Credits

Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 9092S PHARMACOLOGY - ELECTIVE - 2WKS 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 9094S PHARMACOLOGY -ELECTIVE 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 0 times for 0 credits

PHRM 9750S RESEARCH-PHARMACOLOGY-16 wks 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 9754S PHARMACOLOGY RESEARCH 0.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHRM 999S Special Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology 1.0-4.0 Credit

This is a special topics course that will focus on graduate level topics in the area of Pharmacology & Physiology. The exact content, readings, and grading will be determined by the professor on a course by course basis.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 16 credits

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