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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  
    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 512S Graduate Pharmacology 3.0
    PHRM 525S Drug Discovery and Development I 3.0
    PHRM 526S Drug Discovery and Development II 3.0
    PHRM 527S Current Topics in Drug Discovery and Development 1.0
    PHRM 605S Research in Drug Discovery and Development 4.0
    or PHRM 610S Practicum in Drug Discovery and Development
    Electives * 20.0-21.0
    Choose from the following:  
    BIOC 510S
    Cancer Biology  
    CR 500S
    CR 501S
    Emerging Trends in Medical Device History  
    CR 505S
    Ethical Issues in Research  
    CR 508S
    Medical Device Combination Product Regulation  
    CR 510S
    Sponsored Projects Finance  
    CR 511S
    The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research  
    CR 512S
    Fundamentals of Academic Research Administration  
    CR 513S
    Business Processes and Contemporary Concerns in Pharmaceutical R & D  
    CR 514S
    World Wide Regulatory Submissions  
    CR 515S
    Intro to Clinical Trials  
    CR 518S
    Clinical Trial Budgeting  
    CR 520S
    Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics  
    CR 523S
    Current Issues in Review Boards  
    CR 525S
    Scientific Writing and Medical Literature  
    CR 527S
    Clinical Data Management  
    CR 530S
    Tech Transfer  
    CR 535S
    Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research  
    CR 536S
    Clinical Project Management  
    CR 541S
    Patient Recruitment and Informed consent  
    CR 545S
    Pharmaceutical Law  
    CR 546S
    Clinical Outsourcing  
    CR 550S
    Leadership Skills  
    CR 551S
    International Regulatory Affairs  
    CR 555S
    Compliance & Monitoring Issues  
    CR 565S
    Contemporary Issues in Human Research Protection  
    CR 570S
    Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance  
    CR T580S
    Special Topics in Clinical Research  
    CR 600S
    Designing the Clinical Trial  
    CR 609S
    Innovative Product Development  
    CR 612S
    Fundamentals of Compliance  
    CR 614S
    Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology  
    CR 616S
    Intro to Therapeutic Products  
    CR 617S
    Informatics in Pharm Res & Development  
    CR 620S
    CR 625S
    Health Policy and Economics  
    CR 630S
    Trans Research  
    CR 631S
    Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics II  
    CR 633S
    Quality Assurance Audits  
    CR 635S
    Strategic Planning  
    MIIM 521S
    Biotechniques I: Molecular and Genomic Methods  
    MIIM 522S
    Biotechniques II: Immunological Methods  
    MIIM 524S
    Vaccines and Vaccine Development  
    MIIM 527S
    Immunology, Immunopathology and Infectious Diseases  
    MIIM 530S
    Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I  
    MIIM 531S
    Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II  
    MLAS 536S
    Animal Models for Biomedical Research  
    NEUR 508S
    Graduate Neuroscience I  
    PATH 601S
    Cell Mol Pathbio Cancer Angiog  
    PHGY 503S
    Graduate Physiology  
    PHRM 502S
    Current Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology  
    PHRM 503S
    Pharm & Phys 1st Lab Rotation  
    PHRM 507S
    Prin of Neuropharmacology  
    PHRM 516S
    Advanced Topics in Physiology  
    PHRM 517S
    Advanced Topics in Pharmacology  
    PHRM 518S
    New Frontiers in Therapy  
    PHRM 519S
    Methods in Biomedical Research  
    PHRM 520S
    Internship in Drug Discovery and Development  
    PHRM 521S
    Intensive Internship in Drug Discovery and Development  
    PHRM 999S
    Special Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology  
    Quarter Elective Course Options (must be approved by advisor)
    BIO 631
    Bioinformatics I  
    BMES 604
    MGMT 910
    Readings in Strategic Management  
    MGMT 940
    Seminar in Organizational Behavior  
    ORGB 625
    Leadership and Professional Development  
    PBHL 530
    Principles of Epidemiology  
    PROJ 501
    Introduction to Project Management  
    PROJ 535
    International Project Management  
    Total Credits 38.0-41.0


    *Courses that are not listed above 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 2018-2019 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.
          • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
          • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu 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

        2018-2019 Academic Year


        Classes Begin

        Classes End

        Fall 2018

        August 20, 2018

        December 14, 2018

        Spring 2019

        January 7, 2019

        May 3, 2019

        Summer 2019

        May 13, 2019

        July 26, 2019

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