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The application cycle for the fall 2022 program is now open.

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. 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.

About the Program

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. 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

Chelsea Weldie, Drexel Drug Discovery and Development Program Student

Meet Chelsea Weldie

"The Drug Discovery and Development program is super malleable. If you're not sure what you want to do, it is a great program for you. But it's also great for people who do know what they want, since it can be shaped to best fit your interests. I am interested in vaccines, which is a very niche area, but we were able to shape the program to make it work for me." Read more about Chelsea.

Caitlyn Rice, Drug Discovery and Development Student

Meet Caitlyn Rice

"The program has been great and extremely helpful. We have been exposed to so many different scientists, from pharmaceutical companies to different universities. From the PhD students to the post-docs and PIs, everyone on the pharmacology floor is willing to help you out to make sure that you are progressing in the way that you want to." Read more about Caitlyn.

Desmond Lewis

Welcome 4D Fellowship Awardee!

New student Desmond Lewis is a recipient of a Janssen-Drexel 4D fellowship for diversity in drug discovery and development. “The Janssen-Drexel Diversity in Drug Discovery and Development fellowship will help me realize my goal of eliminating cancer by providing me with mentors and research experience in the pharmaceutical industry. The fellowship will also allow me to focus on my academics by providing full financial support.”


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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Introducing the 4D Janssen-Drexel Fellowship Program

A joint effort between Janssen Oncology and Drexel’s Department of Pharmacology and Physiology providing full support to underrepresented minority students enrolled in Drexel graduate programs as they complete coursework, conduct research, and prepare for a career in drug discovery and development. The fellowship program will offer tuition coverage and a stipend for living expenses. Fellows will have the opportunity to conduct research at Janssen. Please contact Dr. Alessandro Fatatis (, chair of the selection and steering committee, to apply. Applicants must be accepted into a Drexel graduate program to be considered for this fellowship.

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