Master of Engineering in Pharmaceutical Engineering

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Pharmaceutical Development Science Concentration

Program Overview

Dramatic advances in biomedical research have created unprecedented opportunities to address major unmet medical needs, but the challenges that face the biomedical community in capitalizing on these opportunities have never been greater. Many potential new drugs and therapies have been found to have higher potency, narrower therapeutic index, and sometimes complex physical and chemical properties that require special attention during discovery, drug delivery design, product development, and scale translation. They often present challenging manufacturing and technology requirements that must adhere to strict regulatory guidelines while meeting safety and efficacy requirements.

This has created opportunities for scientists and engineers who have a thorough "state-of-the-science" knowledge of regulatory requirements, drug delivery challenges and technologies, critical product attributes, and process development, as well as new skills in scientific computing and automation engineering.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Engineering in Pharmaceutical Engineering program requires a total of 30 credit hours of course work, of which at least 24 credit hours must be graded (not pass/fail). At least 18 graded credit hours must be in courses at the 500 level and above. A minimum grade point average of 5.0/9.0 (i.e., a "B" average) is also required. Each entering student will be assigned to a faculty advisor and must obtain the advisor's approval for the overall program of study and semester courses. Each student is allowed to take up to 3 credit hours on an assigned industrial research project to satisfy the degree requirement. Besides several required core courses (ChE/Pharm 519, 596, 597), the student will elect courses according to individual interest within the concentration framework described in the sample schedule below.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or related science discipline.
  • Two years of college mathematics or equivalent.
  • Undergraduate coursework in the following areas: thermodynamics; reaction kinetics, and transport phenomena. Students without this background will be required to take additional coursework in these areas before embarking on the degree program.
  • The equivalent of two years of full time industrial experience in pharmaceutical and related industries. Students with outstanding qualifications who do not have two years of industrial experience can be considered for admission if they have relevant summer internship or co-op experience.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all students who have not previously earned a degree from the University of Michigan. (Students seeking financial aid must submit GRE scores).

Sample Schedule

Incoming students must obtain approval from their faculty advisor for the courses they have selected. A faculty advisor will be assigned to the student upon admission. Each student is allowed to take up to 3 credit hours on an industrial research project to satisfy the degree requirements. The research must address an industrially relevant problem and utilize the concepts and knowledge gained from this program. The project must receive prior approval by the student's advisor.

Course offerings are subject to change. Check University course listings for details.

1.Pharmaceutical Engineering Core Courses (15 credits or more)
Course NumberCreditsTermTitle
ChE/Pharm 519 R, DL 3 F Modern Pharmaceutical Engineering
ChE/Pharm 596 R 1 F/W Pharmaceutical Engineering Seminar
ChE/Pharm 597 R, DL 2 F Regulatory Science for Scientists, Engineers and Managers
PharmSci 560 3 F Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics
ChE 520 DL 3 F Introduction to Chemoinformatics
PharmSci 7xx TBD 3 ? Pharmaceutical Product Development
Bus 509 2.25 F Intellectual Property Law
IOE 461 3 W Quality Engineering
IOE 466 3 F/W Statistical Quality Control
2. Pharmaceutical Engineering Practical Training or Research (3 credits)
Course NumberCreditsTermTitle
PharmSci 570 3 F/W Research
ChE 695 3 F/W Research Problems
Eng 600 3 F/W Industrial Practicum
3. Advanced Engineering and Pharmaceutical Science Courses (6 credit hours)
Each distance learning and on campus student must take at least one advanced engineering course and one advanced pharmaceutical science course from the following list. Only selected courses are currently available in DL mode.
Course NumberCreditsTermTitle
ChE 527 3 F Fluid Flow
ChE 528 DL 3 F Chemical Reactor Engineering
ChE 542 3 F Intermediate Transport Phenomena
PharmSci 757 3 alt. W Transport Phenomena in Pharmaceutical Systems
PharmSci 754 2 alt. W Fundamental Physical Properties of Solids
4. Pharmaceutical Development Science Concentration Classes (at least 2 credit hours)
Course NumberCreditsTermTitle
PharmSci 760 2 alt. F Advanced Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics
PharmSci 752 2 TBD Controlled Drug Delivery
PharmSci 754 2 alt. W Fundamental Physical Properties of Solids
PharmSci 757 3 alt. W Transport Phenomena in Pharmaceutical Systems
PharmSci 761 2 alt. W Population Pharmacokinetics
PharmSci 762 2 alt. F Fundamentals of Drug Delivery
Chem 648 3 F Applied Spectroscopy and Imaging
OMS 605 3 W Manufacturing and Supply Operations
Stat 503 3 W Applied Multivariate Analysis
IOE 591 DL 3 W Designing in Quality

R Required Course

DL Distance Learning Course

Only selected courses are currently available in distance learning mode. A list of approved technical electives in distance learning mode from other universities is available and can be used to fulfill some of these requirements. For each student, a maximum of nine credit hours may be taken and transferred from other accredited institutions subject to prior approval of the U-M faculty advisor and the Program Director.