Drug Development Programs

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Sample Course Plans

In addition to the master’s degree, two graduate-level certificates are offered:

  • Global Regulatory Affairs
  • Clinical Trials And Research

* All credits earned for the certificates are applied towards the MS.


Students who successfully complete one of the certificates are exempt from the GRE should they opt to continue toward the MS.

For the MSDD program, students must also complete:

  • Seminars in Drug Development (2 Credits)
  • Capstone Project in Drug Development (4 Credits)

Example Curriculum - Year 1

Students can opt for the Global Regulatory Affairs certificate program by taking these 4 courses in the first year.

Semester Course
1 Global Regulatory and Strategic Issues (PHDD8010)
Discovery of Drugs and Therapeutic Biologicals (PHDD8020)
2 Pre-Clinical/Non-Clinical Studies for IND Approval (PHDD8030)
Product Development and Manufacturing (PHDD8040)

Example Curriculum - Year 2

Students can opt for the Clinical Trials Design and Research certificate program by taking these 4 courses in the second year.

Semester Course
3 Phase I/II Clinical Trials Design & Research (PHDD8050)
Statistical Principles in Clinical Research (PHDD8060)
4 Phase III/IV Clinical Trials Design & Research (PHDD8070)
Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Management (PHDD8080)

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