Pharmaceutical Engineering


The goal of the PSM-MBS Pharmaceutical Engineering concentration is to educate students in the essential skills and tools relevant to the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. Students will be taught the fundamentals and applications of pharmaceutical engineering and science and will receive training in finance and accounting, marketing, communication and leadership, management of science and technology, ethics and entrepreneurship.

The curriculum reflects the emphasis on “Process Understanding” and “Risk Based Regulation” that has been identified by the US FDA as the guiding principles for awarding licenses to manufacture and commercialize drug products in the 21st century. The Rutgers graduate courses in pharmaceutical engineering make it possible to acquire the latest, up-to-date information and skills.

The faculty in the Pharmaceutical Engineering Program is deeply committed to the development and education of future leaders in the pharmaceutical engineering field. They have created a mutually supportive stimulating environment to promote the individual and professional growth of the student community.

The program will:
       1. Provide students with skills and tools to be innovative, competent, contributing engineers in the pharmaceutical industry.
       2. Train students to meet the constantly changing needs of industry for state-of-the art research/manufacturing practices and protocols.
       3. Give students the training and experience to further their career in industry.

Related Concentrations: Drug Discovery & DevelopmentBiotechPersonal Care Science

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in Engineering, Science or Pharmacy, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected. International students (and students from Puerto Rico) must also submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) All degree students are required to submit GRE scores, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts. Applicants concerned about appropriateness of their background should contact the Pharmaceutical Engineering concentration coordinator.

Program Requirements

For the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students take 8 courses (24 credits) in the sciences and 19 credits in business. The business requirements include courses in finance & accounting, marketing, communication & leadership, capstone, ethics and electives. The business curriculum is listed here. The science courses for the Pharmaceutical Engineering concentration are given below.

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Students are required to:

  • Complete 12 credits of core courses 
  • Complete 12 credits of elective courses (to be selected from established engineering and science graduate courses – listing appended). 
  • Maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. 
  • Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the core courses. 
  • Students receiving more than three (3) grades below B will be recommended for dismissal from the Graduate School. 
  • Take Supply Chain Management Course as part of the business curriculum (mandatory). 
  • Take Project management as part of the business elective (recommended). 
  • Take Intellectual Property course as part of the science electives (recommended). 



155:545 Pharmaceutical Process Design I (Synthesis, Separation and Sterile Processing in the Pharmaceutical Industry) (Fall)
155:546 Pharmaceutical Process Design II (Pharmaceutical Unit Operations) (Spring)

Student must select two (2) courses out of the remaining three (3), three credit courses below:
155:541 Pharmaceutical Materials Engineering (Spring)
155:547 Statistical Analysis and Design of Pharmaceutical Operations (Fall)
155:549 Advanced Engineering, Pharmaceutical Kinetics, Thermodynamics and Transport Processes (Spring)

Course Descriptions


Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Charles M. Roth


The MBS (Master of Business & Science) is a Professional Science Master's Degree combining graduate  science courses (MS level) in a particular concentration with courses in business.