Master's Degree Program in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
The Master's Degree in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing program at the Stevens Institute of Technology - Schaefer School of Engineering is intended to integrate the study of pharmaceutical manufacturing concepts with more advanced engineering design and scientific methodologies.
This program addresses the needs of engineers, technologists, and scientists in the healthcare manufacturing industry (pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, personal care product manufacturers and related GMP-driven industries). The program provides essential skills related to manufacturing technology and facilities, as subject to the industry's regulatory requirements.
This interdisciplinary program can be customized to address many different job responsibilities within the industry. The primary path is to take virtually all Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (PME) courses, which is appropriate for those who wish to gain broad knowledge of the many facets of the industry together with some in-depth studies of certain technical areas.
One of two degrees can be earned in this program, either a Master of Engineering Degree or a Master of Science Degree. The choice of degree is generally defined by the student's background and the electives taken in the program:
A Master of Engineering Degree (MEng) can be earned if the student has a Bachelor's Degree in engineering, and takes engineering electives; or
A Master of Science Degree (MS) can be earned if the student has a Bachelor's Degree in science, engineering, technology, or other non-technical discipline, and takes technical or management types of electives.
A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Technology, or Science is needed for acceptance to this Master's program. Acceptance with other undergraduate degrees will be considered on an individual basis.
The Master's Degree in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing requires 30 credits (10 courses), approved by the student's academic advisor, including:
(7 or 8 courses) comprising 5 PME foundation courses and 2 or 3 PME elective courses (MS or MEng).
(3 or 2 courses) comprising additional elective courses, either:
- Additional PME technical elective courses (recommended); or
A concentration of one of the following related programs: Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Construction Management, Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, or Technology Management.
For those students who choose to take non-PME electives, the customization program is designed as follows:
For those individuals who specialize in an Engineering Discipline, such as Mechanical, Chemical, or Biomedical Engineering, electives as a concentration in one of those disciplines would further develop technical skills in those disciplines, as complementary to the pharmaceutical studies.
For those individuals who specialize in Project Engineering and/or Project Management, electives in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, Construction Management, or Technology Management would more strongly develop project and overall management capabilities in those areas.
Other elective courses are available which are recommended for individuals interested in Quality, Legal Issues, Supply Chain, Logistics, Economics, Sales & Marketing, and Risk Analysis, to name a few.
A wide variety of courses are available at Stevens, which would supplement the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing studies, and give the individual a closer look at other aspects of corporate operations or support. Such a customized program would be developed with each student, according to their needs and preferences.
Courses offered include the following:
PME Foundation Courses
PME Elective Courses
Course descriptions can be found in the
pharmaceutical manufacturing courses page
Required PME electives refer to 600-level PME technical courses, of which three are required for the MEng and two are required for the MS degree.
Students may take courses emphasizing mechanical design (PME 628, 647, 649), chemical processes (PME 531, 538), biotechnology (PME 539, 646), and validation (PME 541, 640), amongst others.
Note that a four-course
in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practices (PMP) can be earned by taking PME 530, 535, 540, and another approved PME technical elective. There are also other four-course Graduate Certificates offered in Validation & Regulatory Affairs (VRA), Design of Pharmaceutical Facilities (DPF), Project Engineering in Pharm. Mfg. (PEPM), Bioprocess Systems in Pharm. Mfg. (BSPM), and Medical Devices Design and Manufacturing (MDDM). Any of these are able to be credited towards a Master's Degree in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing program.
Following the foundation and 600-level technical PME courses, students may write a Master's Thesis for 6 credits, instead of other PME electives or other discipline electives. In order to graduate with a Master's Degree in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, a student must obtain a minimum of "B" average in the major field, as well as an overall average of "B" in all the courses needed to meet the 30-credit requirement for the degree. Please refer to the Stevens Office of Graduate Studies information on Student Status.