Pharmaceutical Science and Engineering


Why Choose Rutgers?

New Jersey is home to a large number of global pharmaceutical and medicinal manufacturing companies, and Rutgers University is located at the national epicenter of pharmaceutical research and development. The pharmaceutical industry is a major employer in the United States and is increasingly looking for engineers and pharmaceutical scientists with advanced training in pharmaceutical engineering. Rutgers University provides an ideal environment for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Science because of its strength in pharmaceutical engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology, biomaterials, drug delivery and its research ties with the pharmaceutical industry. The Rutgers graduate courses in pharmaceutical engineering make it possible to acquire the latest, up-to-date information and skills. Rutgers provides an intellectual climate for the preparation of individuals for professional advancement and will train engineers and scientists with the requisite skills to work in the rapidly evolving regulatory framework that determines pharmaceutical product design and manufacturing processes. 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 Pharmaceutical Engineering program has developed a number of new graduate courses with a focus on training of graduate students. However, upper-level undergraduate students can apply to take these graduate level courses. There is a broad pool of exceptional faculty at Rutgers to teach the new pharmaceutical engineering core courses and electives. The Pharmaceutical Engineering program is administered in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University. Most classes are taught in the evening on Busch campus (Piscataway) at Rutgers University. This makes it easy for part-time students to attend courses while continuing to work in industry.


The goal of the Pharmaceutical Engineering program is to train graduate students who are proficient in using the modern tools of engineering analysis, built on a strong background in the mathematical, physical, chemical and biological sciences, for the design of pharmaceutical processes. Graduates will know how to apply engineering principles to interdisciplinary applications and work effectively in teams with other engineers and/or scientists. Our graduates will also know that it is important to engage in life-long learning in order to adapt to the constantly changing nature of cutting-edge technology. To this end, we teach students how to do critical, as well as thorough, objective-driven design exercises. Graduates are expected to be proficient in oral and written communication skills, to be team players and leaders. Graduates will have a good understanding of contemporary culture and issues necessary for good citizenship in our society and in the world.

The faculty in the Pharmaceutical Engineering program are 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.