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The Master of Science degree program in Drug Discovery & Development (DDD) 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 introduces students to a broad array of career opportunities within field, This experience facilitates a smooth transition to an enduring and productive career with a biotechnology firm, pharmaceutical company, contract research organization, nonprofit foundation, government agency 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

If you'd like to learn more about the Drug Discovery & Development program, you are encouraged to attend a virtual open house with the program directors. These take place on the second Tuesday of each month, from noon to 1 p.m.

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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. Both full-time and part-time programs are available. Students have the opportunity to customize their program with a broad range of elective courses.

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Meet Drug Discovery & Development Program Students & Alumni

Drug Discovery and Development Student Jennifer Green

Meet Jennifer Green

"They bring in a lot of people from the industry to talk to us, which is really helpful, especially in a master's program where we have two years to figure out what comes next. The speakers bring different perspectives and have advice to help you figure out whether a PhD program might be right for you, or, if you're going into a career next, they can advise whether you should do lab research for your thesis or do an internship. It's been very valuable to be able to talk to these people as they come in." Read more about Jennifer.

Tyler Bernadyn, Drexel Drug Discovery and Development Program Student

Meet Tyler Bernadyn

"I think it's great that you can construct the program to fit what you want it to be. With my goal being going to medical school, I needed the courses to boost my GPA. I checked that off, but I also wanted to do the research-heavy aspect too because I knew it would benefit me in medical school." Read more about Tyler.


The Drug Discovery & Development program faculty includes full-time faculty with extensive industry experience as well as senior-level executives from Greater Philadelphia area pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, who provide unique knowledge, experience, and expertise.

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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