Master of Engineering in Pharmaceutical Engineering

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Dynamic, Multi-Faceted Graduate Training in Pharmaceutical Engineering Lays the Foundation for Professional Growth and Personal Satisfaction

Pharmaceutical Engineering

This is the first graduate degree program (30 credit hours) in the United States that was developed specifically to prepare a new generation of pharmaceutical and engineering professionals who are eager to thrive in our rapidly changing technical, pharmaceutical, and life-science environment.

The program emphasizes fundamental scientific, technical, and regulatory expertise. It is ideally suited for developmental scientists, engineers, and managers who want to pursue careers in pharmaceutical and life science-related industries, research, development, or regulatory issues in the private sector or in government agencies and laboratories such as the FDA.

It dovetails with the teaching and research activities within the nationally-ranked Colleges of Engineering and Pharmacy at U-M and their interaction with industry and government.

Graduates are sought after by many companies because they believe in the program's innovative, cross-functional and practical curriculum and the quality of students. In the near future, the program intends to build on the concentrations in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing, adding a new track in Clinical Development and Engineering based on suggestions from industrial and clinical colleagues.


The Pharmaceutical Engineering Program has both regular faculty members from the Colleges of Engineering and Pharmacy at U-M as well as adjunct faculty members from many industries and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) participating in the education and training of our students.

Easy Accessibility

The program is ideally suited for working professionals who want broader graduate experience but cannot be away from work full time. The program consists of required core courses plus the selection of one of the four concentration tracks.

Classes are usually taught in the late afternoon and evening, and some courses are available through distance learning.


There is an active student chapter of International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) at U-M that provides many opportunities for our students to interact with their academic and industrial colleagues in a variety of social and professional activities.

Distance Learning Option

Many classes for this program can be taken through distance learning. By using online technology, distance learning removes traditional boundaries of time and location and offers flexibility not often found in structured academic programs.