Graduate Certificate Programs


In addition to the degree programs, the Department also offers graduate certificate programs. In most cases, the courses may be used toward the Master’s degree. Each graduate certificate program is a self-contained and highly focused collection of courses carrying nine or more graduate credits. The selection of courses is adapted to the professional interests of the student.

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practices Graduate Certificate
The Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practices is an interdisciplinary School of Engineering certificate developed by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. This certificate is intended to provide professionals with skills required to work in the pharmaceutical industry. The focus is on engineering aspects of manufacturing and the design of facilities for pharmaceutical manufacturing, within the framework of the regulatory requirements in the pharmaceutical industry.

The certificate is designed for technologists in primary manufacturers, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, and cosmetic companies, as well as in related companies and organizations, including architect/engineer/construction firms, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, government agencies, and universities.

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practices Courses

  • PME 530 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • PME 535 Good Manufacturing Practice in Pharmaceutical Facilities Design
  • PME 640 Contemporary Concepts in Pharmaceutical Validation

and one of the following electives:

  • PME 531 Process Safety Management
  • PME 538 Chemical Technology Processes in API Manufacturing
  • PME 628 Manufacturing and Packaging of Pharmaceutical Oral Solid Dosage Products
  • PME 649 Design of Water, Steam and CIP Utility Systems for Pharma Manufacturing

Pharmaceutical Process Engineering Graduate Certificate
The Graduate Certificate Program in Pharmaceutical Process Engineering is a 4-course program comprising: Pharmaceutical Reaction Engineering, Separation Processes in Pharmaceutical Industry, Pharmaceutical Mixing, and Design of Control Systems. The program provides practical up-to-date information and skills needed by the pharmaceutical industry process engineers and other professionals in the biopharmaceutical, food and beverage, and specialty chemical industries in their everyday work. Course content and curriculum were developed by Stevens’ faculty in collaboration with industry practitioners with expertise in the field.

This program will provide an overview and understanding of the chemical engineering principles involved in process development. Courses cover current and emerging technologies used for mixing, reaction, separation and process control. The program benefits professionals in the Pharmaceutical/Life Sciences industry including: chemical engineers, chemists, process engineers, and compliance and quality directors and managers. The credits earned can also be applied toward a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering or Interdisciplinary Studies.

Pharmaceutical Process Engineering Courses

  • CHE 615 Separation Processes in Pharmaceutical Industry
  • CHE 621 Pharmaceutical Mixing
  • CHE 661 Design of Control Systems
  • CHE 681 Pharmaceutical Reaction Engineering

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