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  • Certificate in Drug Discovery and Development


    Drexel University’s online Certificate in Drug Discovery and Development program is designed to provide in-depth exposure to the complex elements involved in drug discovery and development and help you establish and maintain an enduring and productive career within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Two required courses cover multiple aspects of the drug discovery and development process, ranging from the identification and validation of drug targets through to regulatory approval and commercialization of the product. You can then customize your curriculum by selecting from an extensive list of elective courses that provide more specialized training in different disciplines like biomedical science, regulatory affairs, clinical research, product development, or pharmaceutical management. 

    The online Certificate in Drug Discovery and Development is available to those who have already obtained a BS or BA degree in the biomedical, chemical, or health-related fields and seek industry-focused training. This includes professionals who want to:

    • Broaden their base of information about drug discovery and development
    • Transition into the industry
    • Increase their opportunities for career advancement

    Upon graduation, you will be able to:

    • Understand the fundamental scientific principles that guide the development of novel therapeutics
    • Recognize and evaluate the contributions of representatives from different disciplines, organizations, and agencies involved in advancing a candidate molecule from the laboratory to the market
    • Evaluate the properties of a candidate molecule, assess its therapeutic potential, identify key strengths and weaknesses, and recommend remedies to overcome limitations
    • Exhibit sound ethical principles and work independently or in diverse groups
    • Synthesize information from multiple and diverse sources to identify the most fruitful plan of action
    • Communicate technical information clearly and effectively—in both written and oral form—to scientific and non-scientific audiences

    Monthly Meet the Program Directors

    During this monthly virtual event, the program directors will introduce you to the drug discovery & development programs, discuss the curriculum and answer any questions you might have. Register for an upcoming event today!

    For questions, please contact:

    Dr. Paul McGonigle
    Professor and Director

    Dr. Joanne Mathiasen
    Professor and Co-Director

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    Required Courses 
    PHRM 525S Drug Discovery and Development I3.0
    PHRM 526S Drug Discovery and Development II3.0
    Choose 9 credits from the following: 
    CR 500S
    CR 505S
    Ethical Issues in Research3.0
    CR 513S
    Pharmaceutical R&D: Business Process and Information Flow3.0
    CR 514S
    World Wide Regulatory Submissions3.0
    CR 515S
    Intro to Clinical Trials3.0
    CR 520S
    Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics3.0
    CR 525S
    Scientific Writing and Medical Literature3.0
    CR 530S
    Tech Transfer3.0
    CR 535S
    Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research3.0
    CR 545S
    Pharmaceutical Law3.0
    CR 550S
    Leadership Skills3.0
    CR 555S
    Compliance & Monitoring Issues3.0
    CR 570S
    Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance3.0
    CR 600S
    Designing the Clinical Trial3.0
    CR 609S
    Innovative Product Development3.0
    CR 612S
    Fundamentals of Compliance3.0
    CR 614S
    Pharmacotherapy in New Drug R&D3.0
    CR 616S
    Intro to Therapeutic Products3.0
    CR 617S
    Informatics in Pharm Res & Development3.0
    CR 620S
    CR 625S
    Health Policy and Economics3.0
    CR 635S
    Strategic Planning3.0
    CR T980S
    Special Topics in Clinical Research3.0
    MIIM 508S
    Immunology I**3.0
    MIIM 521S
    Biotechniques I**3.0
    MIIM 524S
    Vaccines and Vaccine Development**3.0
    MIIM 530S
    Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I**3.0
    MIIM 531S
    Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II**3.0
    PHGY 503S
    Graduate Physiology4.0
    PHRM 502S
    Current Topics in Pharmacology and Physiology1.0
    PHRM 512S
    Graduate Pharmacology**3.0
    PHRM 517S
    Advanced Topics in Pharmacology1.0
    PHRM 605S
    Research in Drug Discovery and Development4.0
    Total Credits15.0


    **Courses may be taken as electives only with the approval of the program director.

    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

      Required Documents

      With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

      • A completed application
      • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • Two letters of recommendation from professionals or former instructors
        • Essay of approximately 500 words explaining:
          • Your reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel
          • Your short-term and long-term career plans
          • How your background, experience, interests and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully
        • Resume
        • Additional requirements for International Students


        The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1495 per credit.

        • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
        • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
          • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
          • All students must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
          • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
          • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


        Academic Calendar

        2017-2018 Academic Year


        Classes Begin

        Classes End

        Fall 2017

        August 7, 2017

        December 8, 2017

        Spring 2018

        January 8, 2018

        May 4, 2018

        Summer 2018

        May 14, 2018

        July 27, 2018

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