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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

    All credits earned for the Certificate in Drug Discovery and Development may be applied to the MS in Drug Discovery and Development program.

    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

    Drexel's 10,000 Hours Podcast: I Want a New Drug

    There seems to be a million kinds of medicine in your local pharmacy. But what does it take to get a drug to market? Drexel professor Richard Mangano explains the drug discovery and development process, and why some drugs get funded – and some don’t.

    For questions, please contact:

    Dr. Paul McGonigle
    Professor and Director

    Dr. Joanne Mathiasen
    Professor and Co-Director

    Related Programs

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    Required Courses  
    PHRM 525S Drug Discovery and Development I ** 3.0
    PHRM 526S Drug Discovery and Development II ** 3.0
    Electives * 9.0
    CBIO 510S
    Cancer Biology  
    CR 500S
    Epidemiology **  
    CR 505S
    Ethical Issues in Research **  
    CR 513S
    Business Processes and Contemporary Concerns in Pharmaceutical R & D **  
    CR 514S
    World Wide Regulatory Submissions **  
    CR 515S
    Intro to Clinical Trials **  
    CR 520S
    Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics **  
    CR 525S
    Scientific Writing and Medical Literature **  
    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
    Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology **  
    CR 617S
    Informatics in Pharm Res & Development **  
    CR 620S
    Regulatory, Scientific and Social Issues Affecting Biotech Research **  
    CR 625S
    Health Policy and Economics **  
    CR 635S
    Strategic Planning **  
    CR T980S
    Special Topics in Clinical Research  
    IDPT 500S
    Responsible Conduct of Research  
    MIIM 508S
    Immunology I **  
    MIIM 521S
    Biotechniques I: Molecular and Genomic Methods *  
    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 500S
    Statistics for Neuro/Pharm Research  
    NEUR 508S
    Graduate Neuroscience I  
    PHGY 503S
    Graduate Physiology  
    PHRM 502S
    Current Topics in Pharmacology & Physiology  
    PHRM 503S
    Pharm & Phys 1st Lab Rotation  
    PHRM 507S
    Principles of Neuropharmacology  
    PHRM 512S
    Graduate Pharmacology *  
    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 527S
    Current Topics in Drug Discovery and Development **  
    PHRM 605S
    Research in Drug Discovery and Development  
    Total Credits 15.0

    *Courses that are not listed above may be taken as electives only with the approval of the program director
    **Available online

    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 2024-2025 is $1344 per credit.

        For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

        • This program is 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.


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