Certificate in Drug Discovery and Development

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Application Now Open

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Start Date: August 16, 2021

Contact Admissions: admissions@unthsc.edu

Program Overview

The Certificate Program in Drug Discovery & Development (DDD) is designed for students to gain a systematic understanding of how drugs and medicines are discovered and developed.

  • Obtain the certificate online in 2-4 semesters (12-credit hrs) to enhance career options
  • Increase understanding of clinical, medical and regulatory affairs in the DDD process
  • Gain exposure to DDD career and graduate program pathways and potentially strengthen competitiveness to apply to such programs.

About DDD

Drug discovery and development is the process by which new drugs are discovered, developed and approved for clinical use. It also encompasses the knowledge, skills and techniques required for pursuing the process.

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Hear from HSC College of Pharmacy faculty to learn more about DDD career and graduate program pathways, the science behind DDD, the specific coursework offered, and admissions requirements.

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Career Opportunities in DDD

There are many types of job functions involved in the drug development process, and this certificate program will enhance the career options or promote the career advancement of students who complete this program. Opportunities include careers in:

  • Bio-Pharma industry
  • Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
  • Not-for-profit research institutions
  • Clinical pharmacies
  • Consulting firms
  • Medical Science Liaisons
  • Regulatory agencies

Who Should Apply?

  • Recent college graduates in life sciences or chemistry
  • PharmD students
  • Other full-time or part-time students, including working professionals
  • International Students Learn more

Certificate Program Curriculum

This 12-credit hour (4 courses) online certificate program can be completed between two to four semesters, depending on the individual student’s schedule and engagement level. The certificate may serve as a gateway to the Master of Science Degree in DDD (pending SACSCOC approval). Individuals who have completed or are on track to complete the certificate can apply to the MS in DDD program, and, if accepted, apply all credits toward the degree program.

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Comparison of Certificate and Master of Science in DDD

Academic Requirements

  • Preferred education:
    • BA/BS degree in chemistry or a discipline of life sciences from an accredited U.S. institution or an internationally comparable institution
    • Currently enrolled in a PharmD program
  • At least 6 semester-credit hours (SCHs) of Biology, 3 SCHs of Calculus, 6 SCHs of Chemistry, and 3 SCHs of Statistics.
  • GPA 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • English proficiency. ESL students are preferred to have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 92, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. This requirement is waived for students who have studied for at least 2 semesters in the US or if English was the language of instruction for their undergraduate degree.
  • Applicants who don’t meet all of these criteria may provide appropriate justification(s) for being considered on a case-by-case basis.


Total cost of the program is $4,321.50. (tuition and fees)

How to Apply

Application Open Now - deadline July 31, 2021.

Application requires the following:

  • Required one-page personal statement of interest in the program (maximum 400 words)
  • Required one letter of recommendation from academic or professional references in pdf format
  • Other optional supporting documents, such as CV or resume
  • Submit official transcript(s) from all institutions attended.*
    *Please note the following:
  • $50 application processing fee required

Program Contacts

  • For questions about the admissions process, email admissions@unthsc.edu
  • For questions about the program, contact: Dr. Eric Cheng, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of Drug Discovery & Development Programs, at Eric.Cheng@unthsc.edu, or call (817) 735-0165.
  • Program Office: University of North Texas Health Science Center, HSC College of Pharmacy, RES-340K, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, USA.

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