Products are being introduced to the market every day, make yours one of them

In our innovative Master of Product Development (MPD), students learn by doing, and engaging with local experts in varying industries who design and teach our courses. The MPD Pharmaceutical/Chemical program will help guide you through the development process and equip you with the resources, expertise, and connections you’ll need to join a thriving industry.

Cost Per Credit$857
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Program Overview

The MPD Pharmaceutical/Chemical program will provide the additional education and hands-on training that science majors need to secure jobs in the pharmaceutical or chemical product development industries; accordingly classes are taught in an applied manner.

Program highlights:
  • Unique program blends the science, business and legal/regulatory aspects of pharmaceutical manufacturing and chemical product design
  • Prepares students for entry-level positions in pharmaceutical and chemical industries, via classes designed and taught with industrial partners
  • Students pursue industry-partnered projects in new GMP, analytical and formulation labs, in pharmaceutical manufacturing and process chemistry

You’ll apprentice with industry partners and learn in state-of-the-art analytical and pilot-scale labs (like the new hybrid classroom/cGMP lab on the Innovation Campus). In addition, you’ll be able to take advantage of networking and collaboration opportunities provided by the Interprofessional Education (IPE) program.

We’re here to teach you the skills you’ll need to pursue a career in pharmaceutical/chemical product development. While pursuing your MPD degree at CUW, you’ll get to:

  • Partner with industry leaders on product development projects
  • Perform compounding work in state-of-the-art labs (cGMP; Cleanroom 100; ISO 5; USP 797 compliant)
  • Build critical-thinking and teamwork skills through case-based teaching and labs
  • Blend technical skills with business, legal, regulatory, and compliance knowledge
  • Learn how to use analytics and demand projections to make management decisions
  • Learn how to use concepts like Lean Six Sigma and sensitivity analysis to solve operations and process-optimization challenges
  • Focus on sustainability and boosting the triple bottom line: people, profit, and planet
  • Learn the entrepreneurial skills needed to start your own company
  • Fill an unmet need in the industry

Start here and go anywhere

Our graduates have gone on to fulfill their passion and make an impact on this industry. Employers of our alumni include:

  • Sargento
  • AbbVie
  • UW-Milwaukee
  • Sigma-Millipore
  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • AlcamiNow
What to Expect

This two year program admits students with any science degree, but requires them to have taken at least two semesters of organic chemistry, one of analytical chemistry and one of instrumental analysis. Students typically take 24 credits per year (12 per semester), for a total of 48 credits to graduate.

Students also write, present and defend a Product Development Project based on work done over the two year period, on a chemical or pharmaceutical product development problem. This project is co-mentored by one CUW faculty member and an industry mentor who is actively involved in chemical or pharmaceutical product development. Typically our students will also have internships or jobs in the pharmaceutical or chemical industries if available.

You’ll learn a lot in this program from conceptualization and design to development and marketing. Professionally, you’ll be prepared to fill an unmet need in the industry. That is, after all, what launching a new product is all about.

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