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The Master of Science degree program in Drug Discovery & Development offers students the opportunity to understand, evaluate and engage with the entire process of drug discovery and development. This unique program provides the rigorous scientific and technical training necessary to succeed in the complex and multidisciplinary field of drug discovery, and facilitates a smooth transition to an enduring and productive career with a biotechnology firm, pharmaceutical company, contract research or nonprofit organization or an academic institution.

Who Should Apply?

Typical backgrounds of Drug Discovery & Development program students include:

  • Recent college graduates
  • Industrial and biotechnology employees
  • Graduate students
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • College graduates interested in a career change

Program of Study

The Drug Discovery & Development curriculum provides a complete overview of the drug discovery process. Students gain comprehensive knowledge of pharmacology, physiology, pharmacoepidemiology, translational medicine, and pharmacogenomics. Working in project teams, students get practical experience implementing strategies.

Students have the opportunity to customize their program with a broad range of elective courses. Learn more about the Drug Discovery and Development program curriculum and requirements.


The Drug Discovery & Development program faculty includes senior-level executives from Greater Philadelphia area pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, who provide unique knowledge, experience, and expertise. Learn more about the Drug Discovery & Development program faculty.

How to apply to the Drug Discovery & Development program

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"The Drug Discovery & Development program brought me many steps closer to my ultimate career goal of working in regulatory affairs at the FDA. The program included lecturers from industry and professors with real-world experience, all of whom helped me to build a strong scientific network.

Most importantly, the program opened my eyes to the enormous complexity of getting a safe, efficacious drug on the market. The need for better, safer drugs and the complex nature of drug discovery intrigues me.

The knowledge I've acquired — in both the classroom and the laboratory — and the scientific network I have established are two of the many reasons that I chose to pursue a PhD in Pharmacology and Physiology [at the College of Medicine]"

Renée Jean-Toussaint, MS
Drug Discovery & Development Class of 2014