MS Pharm Sci: Pharmaceutics/Drug Development

April 01, 2022
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UC Online Drug Development Director
Dr. Pankaj Desai, Drug Development Director

University of Cincinnati’s Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science/Drug Development

Founded in 2004, our Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis on Pharmaceutics/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 the scientific, regulatory, and business aspects of drug development. Graduates are uniquely prepared to participate in the multidisciplinary process to translate 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.

What Is Pharmaceutics/Drug Development?

The Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree with an emphasis on Pharmaceutics/Drug Development online program was designed for professionals working in the scientific, regulatory, or business aspects of drug development. The drug development master’s degree provides an in-depth and formal education around the complex science and processes of drug development. Completion of the masters program can help advance careers in all phases of research from preclinical to clinical and beyond.

Program Highlights

  • 100% online
  • No campus visits required
  • Program can be completed in two years
  • Students can enroll three times a year in spring, summer, or fall.
  • Asynchronous curriculum available 24 hours a day

Is a MS Pharm Sci: Pharmaceutics/Drug Development Right for Me?

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, and manufacturing, as well as 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.

Why study Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis on Pharmaceutics/Drug Development?

Students take this program to deepen their knowledge of various aspects of drug development, including regulatory, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, contract research organizations, contract laboratories, manufacturing, as well as academic health centers and research institutions.

Many students come from companies in the drug development field with diverse backgrounds. Whether you have a pharmacy, medical, nursing, biology, neuroscience, or business, an MSDD degree can advance your career in all phases of research from preclinical to clinical and beyond.

Career Opportunities

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 career in research and drug development.

Possible careers depending on prior education, areas of expertise, and experience include:
  • Clinical Research Assistants
  • Quality assurance
  • Regulatory guides
  • Project Managers and leaders
  • Scientific leaders
  • Therapeutic experts
  • Medical writers
  • Medical liaison
  • Specialized consultants

Graduate Certificate Programs

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.

Is UC Online right for me?

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An opportunity for busy professionals looking to increase their knowledge of the drug discovery and approval process.
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Learn from faculty with real-world experience

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.

MSDD Graduate Testimonial
Lydia-Keys-Yarbrough
“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.”

Lydia Y.
MSDD Graduate

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