Founded in 2004, our Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Drug Development (MSDD) program provides individuals a formal opportunity to further their knowledge in drug development.
A collaboration between academia, industry, and government, the Master’s in Drug Development provides cross-disciplinary training in drug development’s scientific, regulatory, and business aspects. Graduates are uniquely prepared to participate in the multidisciplinary process of translating a therapeutic concept from lab bench to bedside.
Along with our MSDD program, we offer two graduate certificate programs, including Clinical Trials Design & Research and Global Regulatory Affairs in Drug Development. These three options are all online, asynchronous, and available to part-time and full-time students.
The Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Drug Development online program was designed for professionals working in drug development’s scientific, regulatory, or business aspects. The drug development master’s degree provides an in-depth and formal education around drug development’s complex science and processes. Completing the master’s program can help advance careers in all phases of research, from preclinical to clinical and beyond.
Students take this Master’s Degree in Drug Development to deepen their knowledge of various aspects of drug development, including regulatory, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, contract research organizations, contract laboratories, manufacturing, and academic health centers and research institutions.
Many students come from companies in drug development or clinical research fields with diverse backgrounds, including pharmacy, lab, medical, nursing, biology, neuroscience, or business.
Our MSDD degree can help advance your career in all phases of research, from preclinical to clinical and beyond.
Given the scope and breadth of knowledge covered by this Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Development program, the acquired learning and skills will equip students to advance their research and drug development careers.
Along with our Master’s in Drug Development program, we offer two graduate certificate programs, including Clinical Trials Design & Research and Global Regulatory Affairs in Drug Development. These options are all online, asynchronous, and available part-time.
Learn from a renowned group of full-time faculty members from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and adjunct faculty from regional and national pharmaceutical industries and contract research organizations.
The College of Pharmacy faculty have a strong track record of research and mentoring in drug development research (molecular pharmacology, biomarkers, pharmacokinetics, drug safety (including mechanistic bases for drug-drug interactions/adverse drug reactions), and formulation of novel drugs.
“The MSDD program is a great learning opportunity for busy professionals looking to increase their knowledge of the drug discovery and approval process. The courses are very practical and applicable to the pharmaceutical industry, and the small classes sizes facilitated in making the seminars adaptive and interactive. My time in the MSDD program was very beneficial and aided in the advancement of my Clinical Research career.”
UC Online has partnered with hundreds of companies to offer tuition scholarships to employees, spouses, and dependents.
The MS in Drug Development program is typically completed in 5 semesters or 20 months if taken part-time.
For the MS Pharm Sci: Drug Development program, A grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 or foreign equivalent is recommended.
Please visit the Admissions Requirements page for more information.
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