Master of Science in Product Development

Program Overview

Our MPD program provides real-world skills in multiple tracks: pharmaceutical, chemical, and food and beverage. The Pharmaceutical and Chemical track classes are housed within the School of Pharmacy and centers on pharmacology, formulations and process development.  The Food and Beverage track, housed within the Batterman School of Business, dives into the business of food and beverage development, from the development process in the marketplace, to package design, to marketing and management. You’ll partner with industry leaders on product development projects, and you’ll perform work in state-of-the-art labs that are cGMP, Cleanroom 100, ISO 5, and USP 797 compliant.

Of course, a program like this wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t teach you the entrepreneurial skills you’ll need to start your own company or innovate within a company. But you’ll also 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’ll 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’ll 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.

What to Expect

You’ll learn a lot in this program—from conceptualization and design to development and marketing. Professionally, you’ll 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 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. 


In addition to our main and online campuses and the Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa, Concordia has nine center locations which offer accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs close to where you live and work.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
MPD 534 Principles of Drug Design and Development (Pharmaceutical and Chemical Track) 3
MPD/PHAR 543 Industry Leader Seminar Series 1
MPD 595 Pharm Manufact & Process Chem (Pharmaceutical and Chemical Track) 3
MBA 686 Sustainabil & Social Entrepren 3
MBA 688 New Venture Form & Bus Develop 3
Track Specific Courses  
Instrumental Analysis ( 4 cr. (Chemical Track))  
Biopharmaceutics & Drug Repurposing with GXP ( 3 cr. (Pharmaceutical Track))  
Strategic Marketing ( 3cr. (Food and Beverage))  
Food/Bev Prod Dev & Launch I ( 3 cr. (Food and Beverage))  
MPD/PHAR 543 Industry Leader Seminar Series 1
MPD 596 Advanced Pharmaceutical and Process Chemistry (Pharmaceutical and Chemical Track) 3
MPD 597 Product Development Project 2
MPD 599 Formulation & Delivery Forms (Pharmaceutical and Chemical Track) 3
MIB 830 Global Production Systems 3
Track-specific Courses  
CHEM 435 Advanced Organic Chemistry ( 4 cr. (Chemical Track))
PHAR 330 Pharmacology I ( 3 cr. (Pharmaceutical Track))
MPD 515 Food/Bev Prod Dev & Launch II ( 3cr. (Food and Beverage Track))
Year 2
MPD/PHAR 543 Industry Leader Seminar Series 1
MPD 597 Product Development Project 2
MBA 687 Intellectual Prop and Reg Issu 3
Track Specific Courses 6
MPD 424 Pharmacokinetics ( 3 cr. (Pharmaceutical Track))
MPD/PHAR 543 Industry Leader Seminar Series 1
MPD 597 Product Development Project 2
MBA 569 Mgmt Science & Analytics 3
Track-specific Courses  
MPD 593 Analyt Char of Drugs Oth Chems ( 3cr. (Chemical Track))
Electives for the Pharmaceutical and Chemical track can be business, chemistry or other areas approved by program director.  
MPD516-518 are required courses for the Food and Beverage Track 5
MPD 516 Strategic Package Design ( 3cr. )
MPD 517 Sales and Category Management ( 3cr.)
MPD 518 Consumer Insights ( 3cr. )
 Total Hours48

Admissions and Application Information

Individuals interested in the MPD program (Pharmaceutical or Chemical Track) should contact the Assistant Program Director, Scott G. Van Ornum, Ph.D., at; 262-243-4488. Those interested in the Food and Beverage Track can contact Program Director Daniel Sem, Ph.D., MBA, JD at; 262-243-2778 or Brian Curry, Ph.D., MBA at; 262-243-4282. 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, and one semester of instrumental analysis). For the Food and Beverage track, a Bachelor's degree in any area of science or business would be acceptable.  Additional program information for the Pharmaceutical and Chemical track can be found at: and Additional program information for the Food and Beverage track can be found at:

Important Dates:

  • August 1: Master of Product Development (MPD) program application opens for the following fall
  • October–April: Interviews are scheduled with selected MPD program candidates
  • November–July: MPD program acceptance offers are extended on a rolling basis
  • Mid August 2019: MPD program classes begin