Fall 2020 Semester
As part of the University’s COVID-19 response during the fall 2020 semester, courses in this program that are normally offered on campus will be delivered remotely. Online courses will be delivered as planned and without modification. Course directors will communicate more detailed information about how your courses will be organized and delivered. For more information, visit the FAQ page for the Division of Interdisciplinary and Career-Oriented (ICO) Programs.
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.
Meet Drug Discovery & Development Program Students & Alumni
"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."
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"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."
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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