MS in Drug Discovery and Development Overview The Master of Science degree program in Drug Discovery and Development offers you the opportunity to understand, evaluate and engage with the entire process of drug discovery and development. This unique program provides the rigorous scientific and technical training necessary to succeed in the complex and multidisciplinary field of drug discovery, and facilitates a smooth transition to an enduring and productive career with a biotechnology firm, pharmaceutical company, contract research or nonprofit organization or an academic institution.Program of StudyThe program offers a flexible curriculum highlighted by a core set of required courses that provide an introduction to the essential scientific underpinnings of the field and numerous specialized topics including:BiologicsBiomarkersBusiness DevelopmentClinical DevelopmentCommercialization and MarketingComputer Aided Drug DesignEntrepreneurshipFormulationHigh Throughput ScreeningIND ApplicationIntellectual PropertyLead OptimizationMedical WritingNew Drug ApplicationPeptide TherapeuticsPharmaceutical ManufacturingPharmacoepidemiologyPharmacogenomicsPharmacovigilanceProgram and Portfolio ManagementSafety and ToxicologyTarget IdentificationTarget ValidationTranslational MedicineUse of Animal ModelsVaccinesThis is complemented by an extensive list of advanced electives that let you customize the program and focus on one or more areas of particular interest such as New Product Development, Clinical Research, Epidemiology, Regulatory Affairs, Technology Transfer, Pharmaceutical Law or Strategic Planning.FacultyOne of the major strengths of the Drug Discovery and Development program is the diversity and extent of faculty with significant industry experience. This includes six full-time faculty members with over 100 combined years of experience as both scientists and senior executives in the pharmaceutical and biotech fields. The adjunct faculty consists of over 30 active professionals and includes several senior level executives from regional and national companies whose expertise includes topics ranging from target identification and validation to commercialization and marketing.Who Should Apply?Recent college graduatesIndustrial and biotechnology employeesGraduate studentsPostdoctoral fellowsCollege graduates interested in a career changeState restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Curriculum Both a thesis and a non-thesis option are available. The non-thesis option requires the preparation of a scholarly document on a topic related to the biopharmaceutical field. The thesis option requires a written thesis that is focused on an area of concentration within the pharmaceutical industry. The thesis may be based on research (laboratory or otherwise) conducted within a pharmaceutical rotation, which may be at Drexel or at a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company, nonprofit or contract research organization, or a government agency.Required Courses IDPT 500S Responsible Conduct of Research2.0-3.0or CR 612S Fundamentals of Compliance NEUR 500S Statistics for Neuro/Pharm Research2.0-3.0or IDPT 501S Biostatistics Ior CR 520S Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics PHRM 502S Current Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology1.0 PHRM 512S Graduate Pharmacology3.0 PHRM 517S Advanced Topics in Pharmacology1.0 PHRM 525S Drug Discovery and Development I3.0 PHRM 526S Drug Discovery and Development II3.0 PHRM 605S Research in Drug Discovery and Development4.0Electives*14.0Elective Options BIOC 510S Cancer Biology CR 500S Epidemiology CR 505S Ethical Issues in Research CR 511S The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research CR 513S Pharmaceutical R&D: Business Process and Information Flow CR 514S World Wide Regulatory Submissions CR 520S Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics CR 525S Scientific Writing and Medical Literature CR 530S Tech Transfer CR 535S Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research CR 545S Pharmaceutical Law CR 550S Leadership Skills CR 555S Compliance & Monitoring Issues CR 570S Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance CR 600S Designing the Clinical Trial CR 609S Innovative Product Development CR 612S Fundamentals of Compliance CR 614S Pharmacotherapy in New Drug R&D CR 616S Intro to Therapeutic Products CR 617S Informatics in Pharm Res & Development CR 620S Biotech/Research CR 625S Health Policy and Economics CR 635S Strategic Planning MIIM 508S Immunology I MIIM 521S Biotechniques I MIIM 524S Vaccines and Vaccine Development 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 503S Pharm & Phys 1st Lab Rotation PHRM 507S Prin of Neuropharmacology PHRM 516S Advanced Topics in Physiology 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 Pharmacogenomics MGMT 685 Implementing Strategies Using Project Teams 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 Credits33.0-35.0 *Courses that are not listed above may be taken as electives only with the approval of the program director.View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institutionCumulative GPA of 3.0 (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)Required DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedThree letters of recommendation from professionals or former instructors Essay of approximately 500 words explaining: Your reasons for pursuing a degree from DrexelYour short-term and long-term career plansHow your background, experience, interests and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfullyResumeAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $1451 per credit. This rate applies only to new online students.Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify. This program is eligible for Financial Aid. Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations. 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 2016-2017 Academic Year Term Classes Begin Classes End Fall 2016 August 8, 2016 December 9, 2016 Spring 2017 January 3, 2017 May 5, 2017 Summer 2017 May 8, 2017 July 21, 2017 2017-2018 Academic Year Term 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 Apply today for the MS in Drug Discovery & Development Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Any problems? Find help or contact us.