Driving innovation and designing solutions

Born out of extensive collaboration with industry partners, the innovative Master of Science in product development gives students the hands-on and industry-relevant experience taught by experts in the field. This is the only degree of its kind. Graduates are prepared to fill an unmet need and become future leaders in the product development industry.

Cost Per Credit$878

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Program Overview

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

Program highlights:
  • Focusing on drug development work, this one-of-a-kind program fills an unmet industry need for highly skilled employees
  • You’ll learn how to develop assays to test potential new API’s, test solubility of lead compounds, develop formulations, or study the stability of compounds of interest
  • Individual product development projects partner you with an industry expert to build on existing
  • ideas or cultivate the student’s own original designs
  • Classes incorporate sustainability concepts, emphasizing optimization of the triple bottom line—people, profit, plant
  • Curriculum blends technical skills with business strategy, market analysis, regulatory/compliance (FDA, ISO), and legal considerations (patent, licensing)
  • STEM designated
  • Learn more about our program by watching this video

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 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:
  • Merck
  • AbbVie
  • Sigma-Millipore
  • Alcami Corporation
Additional MPD Concentrations

CUW offers two other MPD concentrations- Chemical and Food and Beverage. Learn more today!

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 pharmaceutical product development problem. This project is co-mentored by one CUW faculty member and an industry mentor who is actively involved in pharmaceutical product development. Typically our students will also have internships or jobs in the pharmaceutical industry 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.

State-of-the-Art Laboratories

You’ll have the opportunity to work in analytical, pilot-scale manufacturing, and compounding labs (multiple HPLC’s, a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, 2L jacketed reactor, 500 MHz NMR, Biotage Isolera for flash chromatography, and Biotage microwave reactor).

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