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  • Online Pharmaceutical Design and Manufacturing Certification

    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing

    The hybrid Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing addresses many topics that are relevant to the design and manufacture of pharmaceutical products and medical devices while maintaining regulatory compliance.

    This certificate prepares professionals to apply engineering principles to design appropriate manufacturing processes, evaluate material use, energy consumption, waste generation, and economics, and gain knowledge of the regulatory requirements specific to pharmaceutical and medical devices and the process for obtaining approvals.

    Upon completion, you may use the certificate to fulfill electives for master’s or doctorate degrees in engineering disciplines.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Core Courses  
    CHE 571 Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturing I  3.0
    CHE 572 Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturing II  3.0
    Foundation Courses (Choose Two) 6.0
    CHE 560
    Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems  
    CHE 562
    Bioreactor Engineering  
    CHE 564
    Unit Operations in Bioprocess Systems  
    PROJ 501
    Introduction to Project Management  
    or EGMT 620
    Engineering Project Management  
    Elective Courses (Choose Two, including any Foundation Course not taken) 6.0
    BMES 501
    Medical Sciences I  
    BMES 509
    Entrepreneurship for Biomedical Engineering and Science  
    BMES 510
    Biomedical Statistics  
    BMES 538
    Biomedical Ethics and Law  
    BMES 588
    Medical Device Development  
    BMES 604
    BMES 660
    Biomaterials I  
    BMES 661
    Biomaterials II  
    BMES 821
    Medical Instrumentation I  
    BMES 822
    Medical Instrumentation II  
    BIO 500
    Biochemistry I  
    BIO 615
    BIO 640
    BIO 641
    Data Analysis in Biosciences  
    EGMT 531
    Engineering Economic Evaluation & Analysis  
    EGMT 571
    Engineering Statistics  
    EGMT 610
    Ethics & Business Practices for Engineers  
    EGMT 614
    Marketing: Identifying Customer Needs  
    EGMT 615
    New Product Conceptualization, Justification, and Implementation  
    EGMT 616
    Value Creation through New Product Development  
    Total Credits 18.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree in engineering or sciences from an ABET accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
      • Bachelor's degrees in math or the physical sciences may also be considered
    • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If any other graduate work has been completed, the average GPA must be at least 3.0.
    • At least 5 years of relevant professional work experience preferred

    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
    • Personal Essay
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2021-2022 is $1342 per credit.

    • This program is not 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.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • 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.


    Academic Calendar

    2021-2022 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2021

    September 20, 2021

    December 4, 2021

    December 6, 2021

    December 11, 2021

    Winter 2022

    January 3, 2022

    March 12, 2022

    March 14, 2022

    March 19, 2022

    Spring 2022

    March 28, 2022

    June 4, 2022

    June 6, 2022

    June 11, 2022

    Summer 2022

    June 20, 2022

    August 27, 2022

    August 29, 2022

    September 3, 2022

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