ME Pharmaceutical Engineering



The Master of Engineering (ME) in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Science curriculum is designed to:

  1. provide graduates with skills and tools to be innovative, competent, contributing engineers in the pharmaceutical industry
  2. train graduate students to meet the constantly changing needs of industry for state-of-the-art research/manufacturing practices and protocols
  3. give graduates the training and experience to further their career in industry

Specifically, the ME in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Science ensures that its graduates will have acquired:

  • the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to pharmaceutical processes
  • the ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • the ability to identify, formulate, and solve pharmaceutical engineering problems
  • the understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • the ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global/societal context
  • a recognition of the need for an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues

Applicant Requirements

Applicants to the ME should have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Science or Pharmacy. Applicants with an undergraduate degree from a United States accredited University or College are not required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test; however if available, the submission of such scores is encouraged. International students are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. International students must also submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A personal statement is also required. Please make sure you discuss that you are interested in Pharmaceutical Engineering in your personal statement. Financial aid is not provided for the students who are admitted to the ME degree program. Tuition and fees depend on the number of courses that are taken each semester. More information on tuition and fees can be found at the Graduate School New Brunswick website. All courses in the Pharmaceutical Engineering program are 3-credit courses.

Applications to the ME program must be made through the Rutgers Graduate School New Brunswick. Usually the Graduate School New Brunswick requires a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for admission to the ME. The GPA requirement may be waived for students who have significant work experience or other relevant experience. Students who have a cumulative GPA substantially below 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) can apply to the non-degree program of study; after successfully completing four courses (with minimum grades) students can apply for a change of degree status to the ME. Further details are given under the non-degree program of study. Please note that international students cannot apply or enroll as non-degree students as Rutgers will not sponsor a non-degree student for a visa.

To apply to the ME, please apply online at the Graduate School New Brunswick. To apply, search for the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Program of Study and choose the ME degree. The Master of Engineering in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Science is administered by the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and is therefore listed under this department's programs of study. Please be sure to apply online for the ME degree. A master of science (MS) degree is also offered but is quite different from the ME degree.

Course Requirements

Basic requirements for the completion of the ME in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Science degree are the completion of 30 course credits, which includes:

  • 15 credits of core courses
  • 15 credits of elective courses (to be selected from an established general electives list). Other elective courses can be selected from current Rutgers engineering and science graduate courses with approval of the program.
  • Maintaining an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the core courses
  • Ensuring that no more than three (3) courses have a grade of C+ or lower


Further details on the Master of Engineering (ME) in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Science can be found at the Pharmaceutical Engineering Program website.