Applied Drug Development

Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Get advanced training in drug development to prepare for a variety of careers in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.


Is this program right for you?

A growing number of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical employers have identified a need for professionals with a scientific background and who already are familiar with the basics of drug development. Our Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Applied Drug Development is designed to prepare you for the job market and give you a competitive edge in a rapidly growing industry.

This hybrid, accelerated program focuses on developing practical and professional skills needed across the lifecycle of drug development, manufacturing, and ongoing safety management. It also blends online and in-person learning, so you benefit from a flexible schedule while interacting and learning from instructors and peers.

With many courses designed in cooperation with industry experts, this degree prepares you for a variety of roles within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. In particular, you’ll gain the skills required to work in a regulated environment as well as drug action, statistical, and data analysis skills. You’ll also spend time in the lab, learning highly sought-after skills — putting you at the top of the applicant pool.

Is this program right for you?

A growing number of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical employers have identified a need for professionals with a scientific background and who already are familiar with the basics of drug development. Our Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Applied Drug Development is designed to prepare you for the job market and give you a competitive edge in a rapidly growing industry.

This hybrid, accelerated program focuses on developing practical and professional skills needed across the lifecycle of drug development, manufacturing, and ongoing safety management. It also blends online and in-person learning, so you benefit from a flexible schedule while interacting and learning from instructors and peers.

With many courses designed in cooperation with industry experts, this degree prepares you for a variety of roles within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. In particular, you’ll gain the skills required to work in a regulated environment as well as drug action, statistical, and data analysis skills. You’ll also spend time in the lab, learning highly sought-after skills — putting you at the top of the applicant pool.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or an international degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a background in physical or biological sciences, engineering, pharmacy or a related field.
  • Take the GRE general test. For score reporting, use UW–Madison institution code 1846.
  • Provide GRE test scores from within the previous 5 years. For score reporting, use UW–Madison institution code 1846.
  • Non-native English speakers must take the TOEFL (minimum score of 92), the MELAB (minimum score of 82), or IELTS (minimum score of 7.0) exam. This requirement is waived for students who have studied for at least 2 semesters in the US or if English was the language of instruction for their undergraduate degree. For score reporting, use UW–Madison institution code 1846.

To apply:

  • Complete an online graduate school application (opening soon)
  • Provide unofficial transcripts from any previously completed undergraduate and graduate degrees
  • Submit a statement of purpose including background, career aspirations, and reason for applying to the program.
  • Send two letters of recommendation from professional or academic references.

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Program highlights

  • Accelerated, hybrid delivery helps you earn your master’s degree in just one year.
  • This degree allows you to enter the workforce at a higher level and be more competitive in your career progression.
  • This program was designed with industry input to meet the needs of businesses by creating a new class of professionals between entry-level bachelor’s degree holders and PhD scientists.

How you'll learn

  • One-year, 31-credit curriculum with some part-time options available.
  • Hybrid program with some online courses and some face-to-face.
  • Face-to-face courses are held on the UW–Madison campus, typically during the evening hours.
  • Six courses in fall, with 3 online and 3 on-campus. Four courses in spring, with 2 online and 2 on-campus. Complete an internship/capstone in the summer.

Sample curriculum

Fall

  • Introduction to the Drug Development Process*
  • The Regulatory Process*
  • Current Trends in Drug Discovery and Development*

  • Pharmacokinetics or Toxicology
  • Ethics
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods

Spring

  • Working in a Regulated Environment*
  • Project Management for Applied Drug Development*
  • Laboratory and Instrumentation Methods
  • Molecular and Cellular Principles in Pharmacology

Summer

  • Internship/Capstone

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  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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