The Stevens Pharmaceutical Manufacturing program is designed to provide the student with a solid foundation and thorough understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices in processes, facilities, validation, and project management. At Stevens, you learn and interact with our outstanding industry-based faculty, who bring valuable knowledge, depth, and real-world experience to the classroom. They teach you a thorough science-based understanding of pharmaceutical materials, and current and cutting-edge manufacturing processes in the context of global regulatory requirements, so you will be equipped to be a valued contributor to the pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device industry. The interdisciplinary Pharmaceutical Manufacturing program is administered by the department of Mechanical Engineering.
Industry Professor Elaine Pratt discusses the Stevens Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Graduate Program and the benefits she derives from being involved in the program.
Who Should Apply?
Recent engineering, science, or pharmacy graduates seeking credentials for competitive entry into the pharmaceutical industry.
Professionals in the healthcare manufacturing industries (pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, personal care product manufacturers and related GMP-driven industries), including:
Pharmaceutical Research Group
: The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Research Group is working on a number of current technology projects, and presents its findings at Stevens Graduate Poster Presentations. They also organize periodic informational seminars featuring guest speakers. Any PME student is encouraged to submit research ideas and become involved in this group.
Pharmaceutical Graduate Co-op Program
: After completing one semester, full time PME students who meet program requirements can apply for the Graduate Co-op program. Accepted applicants attend a series of Workplace Preparation Meetings conducted by the Office of Cooperative Education including Resume Writing, Interviewing Techniques, Making the Most of Your Co-op Assignment, and Ethics in the Workplace. They are then eligible for placement in a temporary, full-time paid position for one semester plus the summer at a participating pharmaceutical company where they will gain valuable industry experience directly related to the PME academic program.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation
: International PME graduates can also apply for a minimum of 12 months of optional practical training (OPT) placement in a full time, paid position in the pharmaceutical industry for additional experience.
: Full time PME students can also participate in part time and/or unpaid internships in the pharmaceutical industry in order to gain valuable experience.
: Each semester, there are a few, highly competitive, paid TA positions available to full time, upper level PME students. Duties include assisting with course preparation, grading, and special projects directed by the PME professors.
Pharmaceutical Graduate Clubs
(International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers) Student Chapter
Admission into the program requires a Bachelor's degree in engineering. Applicants with other technical or scientific degrees, together with relevant experience, may also be admitted into the program and may need to complete prerequisite courses. The specific requirements will be determined on an individual basis depending on the student's educational background and work experience.
Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate School:
a completed application for admission,
two letters of recommendation (or the Stevens recommendation form),