Dual Master of Science- MBA in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

The dual Master of Science-MBA in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing degree is designed for students that seek to have a deep technical knowledge in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing as well as strong management skills and qualifications. A technical Master of Science degree coupled with an MBA provides a great mixture of education and creates a well-rounded employee. This joint degree will give engineering and science students strong business management skills to complement their engineering/science degree, accelerating their growth into management positions and opening up a more diverse selection of career choices. The students will earn two separate master’s degrees in succession in this dual degree program.

Program Objectives

The program prepares students to (3 to 6 years after graduation):

  • become managers/leaders in pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device firms, or consulting firms servicing those industries.

  • establish new ventures and startups in the pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device industry, or consulting firms servicing those industries with expertise in engineering/science and the skills to start a business.


Program Outcomes


By the time of graduation, students will:

  • acquire in depth technical and managerial skills to be able to be effective leaders in the pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device industry

  • develop basic skills of management as well as gain knowledge of analytical methods for approaching organization problems.

  • be able to integrate managerial and technical aspects of life sciences manufacturing and support functions

  • demonstrate fluency in the current body of knowledge in life sciences manufacturing and apply that knowledge toward optimal decision-making process in their respective field of practice.

  • exhibit proper use of integrative thinking in order to holistically analyze the relationship between human activity and the natural, social, and economic environments.

  • acquire both qualitative and quantitative analytical skills and apply those skills in solving problems in the context of their professional interests and expertise.

  • possess high-quality written and oral communication skills to efficiently communicate complex issues to a varied audience.

  • demonstrate a high level of professionalism and proper understanding of ethical boundaries in all undertakings.

Degree Requirements

The program is a 57-credit degree program. Students are required to complete:

  • 7 courses (21 credits) from the M.S. degree program, including:

    • 5 core courses (15 credits) 

    • 2 elective courses (6 credits)

  • an additional 12 courses (36 credits) from the MBA degree program (all of them required; no electives)

Core courses (15 Credits)

PME 530Introduction to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing


PME 535Good Manufacturing Practice in Pharmaceutical Facilities Design


PME 540Validation in Life Sciences Manufacturing


PME 560Quality in Life Sciences Manufacturing


PME 602Statistical Methods in Life Sciences Industries


Elective Course (Select 2 for a total 6 Credits)

PME 626Manufacturing of Biopharmaceutical Products


PME 628Manufacturing and Packaging of Pharmaceutical Oral Solid Dosage Products


PME 629Manufacturing of Sterile Pharmaceuticals


PME 660Medical Devices Manufacturing


Three other elective courses from Business (see list below)

Additional requirements for MBA degree (with Pharmaceutical Manufacturing concentration) in the dual degree program

MGT 606Economics for Managers


FIN 500Financial and Managerial Accounting


FIN 623Financial Management


BIA 600Business Analytics: Data, Models & Decisions


BIA 610Applied Analytics


MGT 612Leader Development


MGT 635Managerial Judgment and Decision-Making


MGT 641Marketing Management


MGT 657Operations Management


MGT 663Discovering and Exploiting Entrepreneurial Opportunities


MGT 699Strategic Management


MGT 810Special Topics in Management