Master of Science in Product Development

Our MPD program provides real-world skills in multiple concentration areas: pharmaceutical, chemical, and food and beverage. The Pharmaceutical and Chemical concentration classes are centered on pharmacology, formulations and process development. The Food and Beverage concentration dives into the business of food and beverage development, from the development process in the marketplace, to package design, to marketing and management. In all concentrations, you may have the opportunity to partner with industry leaders on product development projects and to utilize state-of-the-art labs that are cGMP, Cleanroom 100, ISO 5, and USP 797 compliant.

Of course, a program like this would not be complete if we didn't teach you the entrepreneurial skills you will need to start your own company or innovate within a company. You will learn to build critical-thinking and teamwork skills through case-based teaching and labs, blending technical skills with business, legal, regulatory, and compliance knowledge. You will learn how to use analytics and demand projections to make management decisions, while using concepts—like Lean Six Sigma and sensitivity analysis—to solve operations and process-optimization challenges. And finally,  you will learn about the Triple Bottom Line throughout the course of this program: people, profit, and planet, with a focus not only on sustainability, but on how to boost it.

You will learn a lot in this program—from conceptualization and design to development and marketing. Professionally, you will be prepared to fill an unmet need in the industry. That is, after all, what launching a new product is all about.  Students typically take 24 credits per year for a total of 48-50 credits to graduate.  This is a rigorous program where students also write, present and defend a Product Development Project based on research performed over the two year period.  This research project is co-mentored by one CUW faculty member and an industry mentor who is actively involved in chemical, pharmaceutical or food and beverage product development. Projects can also be based on work that is relevant to where students are currently working, if they are currently employed in the industry. Note: most classes are taught in mornings or evenings, to accommodate working students, many of whom have jobs or internships in regional pharmaceutical and chemical companies. The program is typically two years but timeline is flexible to accommodate working students. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Chemical and Pharmaceutical Concentrations

  • The student will possess, articulate, and demonstrate knowledge and skills in the area of chemistry and related sciences, as it relates to pharmaceutical or chemical product development.
  • The student will possess, articulate, and demonstrate knowledge and skills in the areas of intellectual property, as it relates to pharmaceutical and chemical product development.
  • The student will possess, articulate, and demonstrate knowledge and skills in the areas of business strategy, as it relates to pharmaceutical or chemical product development.
  • The student will possess and demonstrate skills in the use of equipment needed to manufacture and/or characterize pharmaceutical and/or chemical products, and will demonstrate ability to troubleshoot problems in a lab setting.
  • The student will possess, articulate, and demonstrate knowledge and skills in “sustainability” – defined as maximizing positive social impact and economic profit, while minimizing negative environmental impact, in pharmaceutical or chemical product development.
  • The student will possess, articulate, and demonstrate knowledge and skills in the area of regulatory and quality control constraints on pharmaceutical or chemical product development.

Food and Beverage Concentration

  • The student will possess, articulate, and demonstrate knowledge and skills in the area of food and beverage safety and basic science, as it relates to food and beverage product development.
  • The student will possess, articulate, and demonstrate knowledge and skills in the areas of intellectual property, as it relates to food and beverage product development.
  • The student will possess, articulate, and demonstrate knowledge and skills in the areas of business strategy, as it relates to food and beverage product development.
  • The student will possess and demonstrate skills in the use of equipment needed to manufacture and/or characterize food and beverage products, and will demonstrate ability to troubleshoot problems in a lab setting.
  • The student will possess, articulate, and demonstrate knowledge and skills in “sustainability” – defined as maximizing positive social impact and economic profit, while minimizing negative environmental impact, in food and beverage product development.
  • The student will possess, articulate, and demonstrate knowledge and skills in the area of regulatory and quality control constraints on food and beverage product development.

Curriculum- Pharmaceutical Concentration  

Core courses25
STEM courses16
Concentration courses9
Total Hours50
Core Courses
MBA 569Management Science and Analytics3
MBA 686Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship3
MBA 687Intellectual Property and Regulatory Issues3
MBA 688New Venture Formation and Business Development3
MIB 530Global Production Systems3
MPD 543Industry Leader Seminar Series (Course must be completed four times for a total of 4 credits)4
MPD 597Product Development Project (Course must be completed 3 times for a total of 6 credits)6
STEM Courses
MPD 534Principles of Drug Design and Development3
MPD 595Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Process Chemistry3
MPD 596Advanced Pharmaceutical and Process Chemistry3
MPD 598Introduction to cGMP and Methods of Quality Control in Manufacturing 3
CHEM 555Instrumental Analysis4
Concentration Courses
PHAR 330Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry I3
MPD 524Applied Pharmacokinetics/Therapeutic Drug Monitoring3
MPD 599Formulation & Delivery Forms3

Curriculum- Chemical Concentration 

Core courses25
STEM courses16
Concentration courses7
Total Hours48
Core Courses
MBA 569Management Science and Analytics3
MBA 686Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship3
MBA 687Intellectual Property and Regulatory Issues3
MBA 688New Venture Formation and Business Development3
MIB 530Global Production Systems3
MPD 543Industry Leader Seminar Series (Course must be completed four times for a total of 4 credits)4
MPD 597Product Development Project (Course must be completed 3 times for a total of 6 credits)6
STEM Courses
MPD 534Principles of Drug Design and Development3
MPD 595Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Process Chemistry3
MPD 596Advanced Pharmaceutical and Process Chemistry3
MPD 598Introduction to cGMP and Methods of Quality Control in Manufacturing 3
CHEM 555Instrumental Analysis4
Concentration Courses
CHEM 535Advanced Organic Chemistry4
MPD 593Analytical Characterization of Drugs and Other Chemicals3

Curriculum- Food and Beverage Concentration

Core courses25
Concentration courses18
Electives5
Total Hours48
Core Courses
MBA 569Management Science and Analytics3
MBA 686Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship3
MBA 687Intellectual Property and Regulatory Issues3
MBA 688New Venture Formation and Business Development3
MIB 530Global Production Systems3
MPD 543Industry Leader Seminar Series (Course must be completed four times for a total of 4 credits)4
MPD 597Product Development Project (Course must be completed 3 times for a total of 6 credits)6
Concentration Courses
MPD 510Food and Beverage Product Development and Launch I3
MPD 515Food and Beverage Product Development and Launch II3
MBA 550Strategic Marketing3
MPD 516Strategic Package Design3
MPD 517Sales and Category Management3
MPD 518Consumer Insights3
Electives5

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Pharmaceutical or Chemical track should have a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, or biology (other baccalaureate degrees might be accepted, as long as the student has successfully completed two semesters of organic chemistry, one semester of analytical chemistry (or equivalent experience), and one semester of instrumental analysis)with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 for full acceptance. Additional program information for the Pharmaceutical and Chemical concentrations can be found at: https://www.cuw.edu/academics/programs/product-development-chemical-masters/index.html and https://www.cuw.edu/academics/schools/pharmacy/prospective-students/admissions/mpd.html

Applicants for the Food and Beverage concentration should have a Bachelor's degree in any area of science or business with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 for full acceptance. Additional program information for the Food and Beverage concentration can be found at: https://www.cuw.edu/academics/programs/product-development-business-masters/index.html