Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor of Science degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 18.0
Instructional Delivery: Online; Face-to-Face
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility:
Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.2009
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1051

About the Program

Many chemical engineering graduates are working in the pharmaceutical Industry. The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department offers a certificate in Pharmaceutical Engineering that addresses many topics that are relevant to the design and manufacture of pharmaceutical products and medical devices while maintaining regulatory compliance. The certificate can be taken as a standalone certificate or be used to fulfill elective requirements for MS or PhD degrees in engineering disciplines.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program requires:

  • A four-year Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution. Bachelor's degrees in math or the physical sciences may also be considered for admission.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If any other graduate work has been completed, the average GPA must be at least 3.0.
  • Complete graduate school application including official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended.
  • Resume
  • Personal essay

Master's students pursuing other technical disciplines may also complete the certificate courses as electives with approval from their advisor.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
CHE 571Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturing I (Core Courses)3.0
CHE 572Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturing II3.0
Foundation Courses (Choose Two)6.0
Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems
Bioreactor Engineering
Unit Operations in Bioprocess Systems
Introduction to Project Management
Engineering Project Management
Electives (Choose Two - including unused from Foundation Courses)6.0
Medical Sciences I
Entrepreneurship for Biomedical Engineering and Science
Biomedical Statistics
Biomedical Ethics and Law
Medical Device Development
Biomaterials I
Biomaterials II
Medical Instrumentation
Medical Instrumentation II
Biochemistry I
Data Analysis in Biosciences
Engineering Economic Evaluation & Analysis
Engineering Statistics
Ethics & Business Practices for Engineers
Marketing: Identifying Customer Needs
New Product Conceptualization, Justification, and Implementation
Value Creation through New Product Development
Total Credits18.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
CHE 5713.0CHE 5723.0Foundation Course 3.0
Foundation Course I 3.0Elective 3.0Elective 3.0
 6 6 6
Total Credits 18
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