Drug Discovery and Development

Major: Drug Discovery and Development
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 38.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.1001
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-1029

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 unique program provides the rigorous scientific and technical training necessary to succeed in the complex and multidisciplinary field of drug discovery. It has been designed to prepare students for a smooth transition into an enduring and productive career within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. It covers all aspects of drug discovery and development beginning with the identification of a drug target and proceeding through to clinical trials, regulatory approval and commercialization. Students will also be introduced 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 the biomedical sciences, health sciences or related fields who wish to pursue an industry-focused master's-level degree. This includes individuals who plan 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 pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries require a diversity of personnel experience and expertise.

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) for applicants to the full-time program;
  • references from at least three instructors or professionals;
  • an application fee is required for the full-time program;
  • 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 and are encouraged to have training in 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 Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Professional Studies in 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 Research2.0-3.0
or CR 612S Fundamentals of Compliance
NEUR 500SStatistics for Neuro/Pharm Research2.0-3.0
or IDPT 501S Biostatistics I
or CR 520S Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics
PHRM 502SCurrent Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology1.0
PHRM 512SGraduate Pharmacology3.0
PHRM 517SAdvanced Topics in Pharmacology1.0
PHRM 525SDrug Discovery and Development I3.0
PHRM 526SDrug Discovery and Development II3.0
PHRM 605SResearch in Drug Discovery and Development4.0
Electives *19.0-21.0
Elective Options
Cancer Biology
Epidemiology
Ethical Issues in Research
The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research
Business Processes and Contemporary Concerns in Pharmaceutical R & D
World Wide Regulatory Submissions
Intro to Clinical Trials
Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics
Scientific Writing and Medical Literature
Tech Transfer
Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research
Pharmaceutical Law
Leadership Skills
Compliance & Monitoring Issues
Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance
Special Topics in Clinical Research
Designing the Clinical Trial
Innovative Product Development
Fundamentals of Compliance
Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology
Intro to Therapeutic Products
Informatics in Pharm Res & Development
Biotech/Research
Health Policy and Economics
Strategic Planning
Immunology I
Biotechniques I: Molecular and Genomic Methods
Vaccines and Vaccine Development
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I
Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II
Animal Models for Biomedical Research
Graduate Neuroscience I
CELL MOL PATHBIO CANCER ANGIOG
Graduate Physiology
Pharm & Phys 1st Lab Rotation
Prin of Neuropharmacology
Advanced Topics in Physiology
New Frontiers in Therapy
Methods in Biomedical Research
Internship in Drug Discovery and Development
Intensive Internship in Drug Discovery and Development
Special Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology
Quarter Elective Course Options (must be approved by advisor)
Bioinformatics I
Pharmacogenomics
Strategy Implementation
Readings in Strategic Management
Seminar in Organizational Behavior
Leadership and Professional Development
Principles of Epidemiology
Introduction to Project Management
International Project Management
Total Credits38.0-42.0
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Courses that are not listed above may be taken as electives only with the approval of the program director.



Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
PHRM 502SCurrent Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology1.0
PHRM 525SDrug Discovery and Development I3.0
Elective6.0
 Term Credits10.0
Term 2
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
PHRM 526SDrug Discovery and Development II3.0
PHRM 605SResearch in Drug Discovery and Development4.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 3
NEUR 500SStatistics for Neuro/Pharm Research2.0
PHRM 512SGraduate Pharmacology3.0
PHRM 517SAdvanced Topics in Pharmacology1.0
Electives4.0
 Term Credits10.0
Term 4
Electives or Thesis9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 38.0
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 In place of Elective 1, 2, and 3

About the Graduate Minor

The Graduate Minor in Drug Discovery and Development provides exposure to the multiple elements involved in drug discovery and development. This program has been designed to help students transition to a productive 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.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission are enrollment in a biomedical science, biomedical engineering or biology graduate program and the approval of the parent program’s director.

Program Requirements

Required Semester Courses
PHRM 525SDrug Discovery and Development I *3.0
PHRM 526SDrug Discovery and Development II *3.0
Electives **3.0
Cancer Biology
Epidemiology *
Business Processes and Contemporary Concerns in Pharmaceutical R & D *
World Wide Regulatory Submissions *
Intro to Clinical Trials *
Tech Transfer *
Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research *
Pharmaceutical Law *
Leadership Skills *
Compliance & Monitoring Issues *
Special Topics in Clinical Research *
Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance *
Designing the Clinical Trial *
Innovative Product Development *
Fundamentals of Compliance *
Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology *
Intro to Therapeutic Products *
Informatics in Pharm Res & Development *
Biotech/Research *
Health Policy and Economics *
Strategic Planning *
Vaccines and Vaccine Development *
Prin of Neuropharmacology
Graduate Pharmacology *
Advanced Topics in Pharmacology
Research in Drug Discovery and Development
Special Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology *
Total Credits9.0

 
 

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

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