Master of Product Development - Pharmaceutical/Chemical

Combining the PharmD program with a Master of Product Development (MPD) - Pharmaceutical/Chemical degree is a unique opportunity for students interested in patient care and the development of pharmaceutical products.


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

The road to product development can be a tricky and time-consuming one to navigate, but don’t let that diminish the excitement, reward, and greater good that can come from turning your innovation into a marketable product. Our 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.

Program Overview

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.

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
Dual Degree in PharmD
  • Gain admission into the MPD program prior to starting your P1 year
  • Take MPD courses simultaneously with the PharmD program, beginning the P2 year
  • Earn a PharmD in four years and the MPD degree in one additional year
  • Choose an MPD concentration in pharmaceutical or chemical product development
  • Earn up to 17 credits that count towards both degrees, leaving only 31 additional credits that are exclusive to the MPD curriculum
  • Learn more about the School of Pharmacy here

Learn more about our Food and Beverage Product Development track here. 

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.


In addition to our main and online campuses, Concordia has nine center locations which offer accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs close to where you live and work.

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