Master of Science in Drug Discovery and Development

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Deadline: July 31, 2021

Start Date: August 16, 2021

Application deadline is July 31, 2021

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Drug Discovery & Development (DDD) (pending SACSCOC approval) is designed for students to gain a systematic understanding of how drugs and medicines are discovered and developed. Benefits of this program include:

  • Complete a non-thesis master’s degree program designed for recent college graduates, working professionals and current PharmD students
  • Increase understanding of clinical, medical and regulatory affairs in the DDD process
  • Empower working professionals to expand roles and responsibilities, and to advance their career
  • Expand student’s professional network and competitive advantage through capstone research and industrial internship

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 chemistry or life sciences
  • Current PharmD students or other Health Professional students
  • Working professionals

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This minimum 30-credit-hour (11 courses) MS program can be completed in one to three years, depending on the individual student’s schedule and engagement level. Didactic teaching is 100% online and in the final stages of the program, students complete a hands-on capstone research project or industry internship. Individuals who have completed or are on track to complete the Certificate in DDD may apply to this program, and, if accepted, apply all credits toward the MS program.

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. Language Exam Scores are required for applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents unless you have completed a degree program from within the US.  IELTS and TOEFL accepted. An overall score of 92 or greater or an IELTS overall score of 6.5 or greater is preferred. TOEFL PharmGrad Code: 8246.
  • 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 $9,961.25 (tuition and fees), or $23,011.25 for out-of-state students (tuition and fees).

How to Apply

Application via GradCAS requires the following:

  • Required one-page personal statement of interest in the program (maximum 400 words)
  • Required two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Other optional supporting documents, such as CV or resume
  • Submit official transcript(s) from all institutions attended.*
    *Please note the following:
  • $74 application processing fee required

Program Contacts

  • For questions about the admissions process, email
  • For questions about the program, contact: Dr. Eric Cheng, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of Drug Discovery & Development Programs, at, 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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