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Applied Drug Development

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Earn your online certificate in Applied Drug Development in just 2 semesters, and gain the skills you need to stay competitive in your pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical career.


Is this program right for you?

A growing number of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical employers have identified a need for professionals who have an understanding of all phases of drug development. The Capstone Certificate in Applied Drug Development is designed to prepare you to succeed in the field, while giving you a competitive edge in a rapidly growing industry.

This 100% online program is designed as an alternative to our Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Applied Drug Development. With just 12 credits, this certificate program can be completed in 2 semesters and consists of select courses from the master’s program. Successful completion of the courses within the certificate program can be applied to UW–Madison’s Pharmaceutical Sciences: Applied Drug Development master’s degree program, should you choose to pursue your MS in the future.

This certificate program focuses on developing practical and professional skills needed across the entire lifecycle of drug development. With many courses designed in cooperation with industry experts, this certificate uses real-world problems and coursework that will prepare you for a variety of roles within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Is this program right for you?

A growing number of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical employers have identified a need for professionals who have an understanding of all phases of drug development. The Capstone Certificate in Applied Drug Development is designed to prepare you to succeed in the field, while giving you a competitive edge in a rapidly growing industry.

This 100% online program is designed as an alternative to our Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Applied Drug Development. With just 12 credits, this certificate program can be completed in 2 semesters and consists of select courses from the master’s program. Successful completion of the courses within the certificate program can be applied to UW–Madison’s Pharmaceutical Sciences: Applied Drug Development master’s degree program, should you choose to pursue your MS in the future.

This certificate program focuses on developing practical and professional skills needed across the entire lifecycle of drug development. With many courses designed in cooperation with industry experts, this certificate uses real-world problems and coursework that will prepare you for a variety of roles within the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Phone interview

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Application Assistance: Pharmaceutical Sciences Professional Programs

October 26
4-4:30 p.m.
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Program Overview: Pharmacy Capstone Certificates

November 18
5-5:30 p.m.
Join program faculty and staff to learn about the School of Pharmacy's Capstone Certificates in Applied Drug Development and Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation including curriculum and application process.
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Program highlights

  • Online format allows you the flexibility to complete your coursework from anywhere in the world, without disrupting your career.
  • This certificate helps you be more competitive throughout your career progression.
  • Successful completion of the courses within the certificate program can be applied to UW–Madison’s Pharmaceutical Sciences: Applied Drug Development master’s degree program, should you choose to pursue your MS in the future.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked #7 best pharmacy school by U.S. News & World Report.

How you'll learn

  • Fully online curriculum; you choose when you do most of your work each week.
  • Complete the 12-credit program in 2 to 4 semesters depending on your preferred pace.

Sample curriculum

Fall

  • The Drug Development Process
  • Introduction to Regulatory Practice

Spring

    GxP (Good Practice): Working in a Regulated Environment
  • Pharmaceutical Economics and Project Management

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Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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