ME in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Science

The pharmaceutical industry is increasingly looking for engineers and scientists with current and advanced training in pharmaceutical engineering, and the Masters of Engineering in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Science (M.E.) was developed to address this need. The M.E. has been set up using the framework of a professional Masters degree. Rutgers University provides the intellectual climate for the preparation of individuals for professional advancement and is set up not just for full-time students, but also for professionals in industry who can only attend classes part-time but want to develop the skills to work in pharmaceutical product design and manufacturing. Most of our classes are offered in the evening. To keep our program up-to-date, we rely on a broad pool of exceptional faculty from Rutgers and additional adjunct faculty from industry.

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Course Requirements

Basic requirements for the completion of the Master of Engineering in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Science degree are the completion of 30 credits of courses, including:

  • 15 credits of core courses
  • 15 credits of elective courses (to be selected from established engineering and science graduate courses ). A listing of acceptable electives is given below. 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.
  • Students receiving more than three (3) grades below B will be recommended for dismissal to the Graduate School.

Core courses

  • 155:545 Synthesis, Separation and Sterile Processing in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • 155:546 Pharmaceutical Unit Operations
  • 155:547 Statistical Analysis and Design of Pharmaceutical Operations
  • 155:549 Pharmaceutical Development, Administration and Absorption
  • 155:541 Pharmaceutical Materials Engineering

Course Descriptions


  • 16:155:532 Topics in Biochemical Engineering
  • 16:155:544 Drug Delivery Fundamentals and Applications (Pharmaceutical Organic Nanotechnology)
  • 16:155:411 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering (Undergraduate Class)16:155:501 Advanced Transport Phenomena I
  • 16:155:502 Advanced Transport Phenomena II
  • 16:155:507 Analytical Methods in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • 16:155:511 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • 16:155:514 Kinetics, Catalysis, and Reactor Design
  • 16:155:550 Computational Methods for Pharmaceutical Nanomaterials
  • 16:155:586/587 Independent Study in Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • 16:650:554 Mechanics of Continua (Solid Mechanics I)
  • 16:663:501 Medicinal Chemistry: Research Techniques and Principles
  • 16:663:502 Principles of Drug Design
  • 16:663:505 Drugs: Structure and Function
  • 16:720:507 Advanced Pharmaceutics I
  • 16:720:509 Advanced Pharmaceutics II
  • 16:720:550 Nanotechnology-based Drug Delivery
  • 16:137:501 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  • 16:137:510 Drug Development from Concept to Market
  • 16:137:511 Drug Discovery through Preclinical Development
  • 16:137:580 Practical Aspects of Clinical Trial Design/Conduct
  • 16:137:581 Statistics in Clinical and Translational Research
  • 16:540:530 Forecasting and Time Series Analysis
  • 16:540:555 Simulation of Production Systems
  • 16:540:560 Production Analysis
  • 16:540:572 Manufacturing Processes and Control
  • 16:540:580 Quality Management
  • 16:540:585 System Reliability Engineering I
  • 16:540:586 Maintenance Modeling and Optimization
  • 16:540:595 Software Reliability I
  • 16:540:685 System Reliability Engineering II
  • 16:960:540 Statistical Quality Control I
  • 16:960:542 Life Data Analysis
  • 16:960:580 Basic Probability
  • 16:960:590 Design of Experiments
  • 22:630:617 Pharmaceutical Marketing Research (Rutgers Business School Course)
  • 22:799:607 Supply Chain Management Strategies (Rutgers Business School Course)
  • 22:373:621 Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry (Rutgers Business School Course)

Course Descriptions

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