Master of Pharmaceutical/Chemical Product Development (MPD)

In Concordia University Wisconsin’s innovative Master of Pharmaceutical/Chemical Product Development (MPD) program, students learn by doing. We’ve teamed with local pharmaceutical and chemical product development experts to design and teach our classes.

The MPD program provides real-world skills in two different tracks: pharmaceutical product development and chemical product development.

Approach at CUW—SOP: Beyond the Classroom

In each track of the MPD program, 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.

CUW Mission to Serve

MPD Program Highlights

Whether you want to pursue a career in pharmaceuticals or chemical product development, we’re here to teach you the skills you’ll need. While pursuing your MPD degree at CUW, you’ll:

  • 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, planet
  • Learn the entrepreneurial skills needed to start your own company
  • Fill an unmet need in the industry

All MPD students take the following courses, for a total of 48 credits:

  • Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship (MBA686/886)
  • Drug and Consumer Product Design (MPD534)
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Process Chemistry (MPD595)
  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Process Chemistry (MPD596)
  • Intellectual Property and Regulatory Considerations in Product Development (MPD560)
  • Global Production Operations (MIB 530/830)
  • Management Science and Analytics (MBA 569/869)
  • New Venture Formation and Business Development (MPD533)
  • Industry Leader Seminar Series (all semesters) (MPD543)
  • Product Development Project (three semesters, plus summers) (MPD597)

MPD students also take six elective credits in areas of interest, such as:

  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Health

Pharmaceutical Product Development Track

  • Pharmacology (e.g., PHAR330)
  • Pharmacokinetics (e.g., PHAR424)
  • Formulation and Delivery Forms (MPD599)

Chemical Product Development Track

  • Analytical Characterization of Drugs and Other Chemicals (MPD593)
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry or other approved advanced chemistry elective
  • Project Management, Lean Six Sigma, or other approved elective

See below for a list of CUW’s MPD program faculty and our industry advisory board. (Read more about the School of Pharmacy faculty and staff on our Faculty and Staff page.)

Our Faculty

Daniel Sem, Ph.D., MBA, JD, dean—business administration, professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences; director of MPD program

Scott Van Ornum, Ph.D., associate professor of organic chemistry; assistant director of MPD program

Joe McGraw, Ph.D., Pharm.D., MPH, associate professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences

Gary Masse, Ph.D., associate professor of product development

Armin Gerhardt, B.Pharm., Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences

Christopher W. Cunningham, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences

Abhay Chauhan, M.Pharm., Ph.D., director of pharmaceutical nanotechnology

Scott Hordesky, MBA, assistant professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences

Uvidelio Castillo, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences

Pedro Zavala, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences

Frank Dailey, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences

Michael Pickart, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences

Christian Albano, Ph.D., MBA, MPH, associate professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences

John Dellinger, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical and administrative sciences

Our Industry Advisory Board

Fred Fleitz, director of process chemistry at Arrowhead Research Corporation

Stephen Coutts, Alembic Consulting (formerly CEO of Triad Therapeutics and Biocept)

Giovanni Ferraro, venture capitalist (formerly at Burrill and Company)

Brian Curry, CEO, PhysioGenix

Tony Giordano, CEO, TheraVasc

International Student?

International students interested in the MPD program should reach out to the CUW Office of International Student Services.