Saint Joseph’s University’s accredited master’s in pharmaceutics program explores how best to administer a drug to the human body and turn chemicals into effective medications. With a pharmaceutics graduate degree, you’ll advance to the forefront of medical progress.
Drug Development & Industrial Pharmacy MS
The Master of Science in Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy (DDIP) at Saint Joseph’s University’s historic Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) provides students with the experience necessary to learn the science and practice of how drug delivery systems are developed.
Working one-on-one with expert faculty, students will gain insight and foresight as they uncover new areas of research in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Program classes are offered on a flexible schedule from our University City location. This advanced degree provides the knowledge and network for rewarding careers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.
If you’re a current undergraduate student completing a BS in pharmaceutical sciences, you can begin earning credits towards the Master of Science in Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy through Saint Joseph’s University's 4+1 program. This unique program allows undergraduate students to earn a master’s degree in drug development and industrial pharmacy in just five years. Students interested in this option must apply to the graduate program in their junior year and be conditionally accepted before they complete their bachelor's degree.
What Sets Our Program Apart
Through the Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory, you will have the opportunity to hone your skills and gain invaluable experience working on research projects alongside experts in the field.
The Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory is a GLP-compliant pharmaceutical research facility offering complete drug delivery research services. The laboratory is also fully equipped to support analysis, preformulation and formulation research. IPHL scientists collaborate to overcome formulation and manufacturing challenges, streamline processes to increase cost-effectiveness and develop product-specific analytical methods for an array of different clients.
You will have access to experiential internship opportunities and will gain real-world experience in the industry. You will also have the opportunity to connect and network with alumni of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP).
Saint Joseph's faculty are experts in their fields, bringing theory, practice and relevance to the classroom. In fact, 100% of our tenure-track faculty hold the highest degree available in their field. Our small, dynamic classes allow for discussion, reflection and collaboration.
What Can You Do With a Drug Development & Industrial Pharmacy MS?
An MS in Drug Development & Industrial Pharmaceutics (DDIP) provides excellent preparation for a medical career as well as various other health professions. You will be primed for career success in the following:
- Research at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
- Drug delivery and product development research
- Process optimization and stability
- Regulatory sciences
Graduates of the Saint Joseph's Drug Development & Industrial Pharmacy MS program can find a career in leading pharma companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, AmerisourceBergen and Merck.
Affordable tuition options start at $900 per credit.*
*This rate applies to all students accepted by Saint Joseph's University after June 1, 2023. Tuition and fee rates for students accepted prior to June 1, 2023 differ. Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition & Fees page or contact us for more information.
Financial aid may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our Financial Aid page.
Have you completed a year or more of service with a recognized service organization? You may be eligible for our mission discount.
Alumni of Saint Joseph's are eligible to receive 10% off the cost of this program through our alumni discount.
Check with your employer to see if they are an Edcor or a Bright Horizons EdAssist member, which may entitle you to a discount on graduate programs.
Note: discounts cannot be combined.
SJU is a Yellow Ribbon School that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Service can help you access and understand your benefits.
Graduate assistantships offer tuition remission and a stipend. Positions are available, but highly competitive. Once you apply, please note that all offices manage their hiring individually and will contact individual candidates if interested.
Why Study Drug Development & Industrial Pharmacy MS in Philadelphia?
The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy is in the heart of the biotechnology and health science industry, surrounded by 250 medical facilities and within two hours of 75% of all U.S. pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The city's diverse population and variety of health science employers offers the unique opportunity to gain experience in pharmaceutical research.
Additionally, Saint Joseph’s Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory is conveniently located in Philadelphia’s University City, offering collaborative opportunities with Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Jefferson University and the Science Center.
To be considered for admission you must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Apply online.
- Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
- Submit a personal statement.
- Submit resume.
- Submit 2 letters of recommendation.
Visit our Graduate Admission Information page to learn more about admission requirements, key deadlines, additional requirements for international students and how to submit your application.
Graduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall semester.
- Fall Only
If you’re applying as an international student, you must provide proof of English Language Proficiency and Certification of Finances along with your application. Check the Graduate Admission page for more information about the application process and additional requirements for international students.
Application deadlines for international applicants seeking an F1 visa differ from those for American citizens, and are as follows:
- Fall: June 15
Frequently Asked Questions
The average annual salary for a graduate in this role can expect to earn between $70K-$100K. Medical scientists can expect to make an annual salary of $95,000.
Students enrolled in this program can expect to take courses in:
REQUIRED COURSES (21 CREDITS)
- Research Seminar in Pharmaceutics Level I*
- Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics II (4+1)
- Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis (lecture and Lab) (4+1)
- Research Ethics and Conduct
- Advanced Pharmaceutics
- Regulatory Issues in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Research Project in Drug Development & Industrial Pharmacy (Capstone)
ELECTIVES (9 CREDITS): CHOOSE 3 COURSES BELOW
- Introduction to Drug Discovery & Development (DDD)
- Pharmaceutical product development
- Pre-formulation and physical pharmacy
- Advanced Drug Discovery and Development (with Pharma guests)-Janssen
Industry Connections to Build a New Drug Development Graduate Program
As the first school of pharmacy in the nation, the impact of Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) is well known. Its alumni include founders of some of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world, renowned scientific educators, researchers and clinicians. Recent graduates of the pharmaceutical sciences department program are pursuing careers at companies at the forefront of innovation, like Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, AmerisourceBergen and Merck.
So when building a master’s in drug development & industrial pharmacy (DDIP), Saint Joseph’s looked to their alumni for guidance. Explore how Saint Joseph's faculty and Pharmacy College of Philadelphia alumni partnered to launch industry-focused new drug development master's program.