Bridge Program

Depending on the background of the applicant, the bridge program may consist of up to (but generally speaking less than, at least for students with engineering degrees) three 3-credit courses specifically designed to provide non-chemical engineers with the necessary prerequisites to enter the program.

A grade point average of at least 3.0 must be achieved in the bridge courses. Students should pay special attention to the successful completion of the bridge courses, since failure to do so may preclude them from enrolling in regular PhEn courses. Students must take the bridge courses before taking any other PhEn courses, with the exception of PHEN 601 Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering and PHEN 604 Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry, which can be taken concurrently with the bridge courses. As mentioned, admission conditions may also include taking undergraduate or graduate courses, if needed.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Biopharmaceutical Engineering is a 30-credit program, including 21 credits worth of core courses. Students have the option of fulfilling six (6) of the nine (9) credit of electives by doing a Master's Thesis. The thesis option is primarily, but not exclusively, meant for full time students. Full-time students receiving support (full or partial) must complete a Master's Thesis. Part-time students working in the Pharmaceutical industry are encouraged to pursue a Master's Thesis, possibly conducted at their and in collaboration with their supervisor.

Students  must maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 throughout their academic career.

Students are certified for graduation only if they:

  • Achieve an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0; and
  • Achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the required core courses; and
  • Achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the bridge courses (if taking the bridge courses is required).

Students may not repeat a course  without approval of both the Program Director and the Office of Graduate Studies. If a student repeats a course, the grades received in the first two repeated courses will replace the original grades in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average, although the old grades will still appear on the transcripts. However, the grades  received in all repeated courses beyond the first two will count in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average. Students who receive an F in a course are required to repeat the course.

Program of Study/Curriculum

A minimum of 30 credits is required for degree completion. Of these, 21 credits must be obtained by taking seven (7) prescribed Core Courses, which include Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing (PhB) courses as well as Pharmaceutical Engineering (PhEn) courses. In addition, engineering applicants with little or no biology background, but not biology or pharmacy applicants, may be required to take an additional Foundation Course (PHB 505 Principles of Pharm. Microbiology and Biochemistry), which will count toward the 30 credits required to complete the PhB program. The remaining credits needed to achieve the required 30 credits may be obtained by taking either elective courses only or a combination of an elective course and M.S. Thesis credits. As already indicated, applicants with a science background or an engineering degree in a discipline other than chemical engineering may be required to additionally take one or more bridge courses. Bridge courses do not count toward the 30 credits required to complete the program.

Course Requirements

M.S. in Biopharmaceutical Engineering (non-engineering applicants with little or no biology background, courses only)

Bridge Courses
PHEN 500Pharmaceutical Engineering Fundamentals I 13
PHEN 501Pharmaceutical Engineering Fundamentals II 13
PHEN 502Pharmaceutical Engineering Fundamentals III3
Total Credits9
1

PHEN 500 Pharmaceutical Engineering Fundamentals I and PHEN 501 Pharmaceutical Engineering Fundamentals II should be taken concurrently.

Foundation Course
PHB 505Principles of Pharm. Microbiology and Biochemistry3
Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
PHB 610Biotechnology-Biopharmaceutical, Processes and Products3
PHB 615Bioseparation Processes3
PHB 630Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering3
Electives
Elective courses 16
Total Credits30
1

Partial list of approved electives is in Electives table. Electives can be selected from among appropriate courses in disciplines including but not limited to pharmaceutical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering management, pharmaceutical system management, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics and others. Students are encouraged to choose electives from a variety of offering departments. In general, all technical and scientific courses that are relevant to the program could be selected, typically in consultation with the Program Advisor.

M.S. in Biopharmaceutical Engineering (non-engineering applicants with little or no biology background, Master's thesis)

Bridge Courses
PHEN 500Pharmaceutical Engineering Fundamentals I 13
PHEN 501Pharmaceutical Engineering Fundamentals II 13
PHEN 502Pharmaceutical Engineering Fundamentals III3
Total Credits9
1

PHEN 500 Pharmaceutical Engineering Fundamentals I and PHEN 501 Pharmaceutical Engineering Fundamentals II should be taken concurrently.

Foundation Course
PHB 505Principles of Pharm. Microbiology and Biochemistry3
Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
PHB 610Biotechnology-Biopharmaceutical, Processes and Products3
PHB 615Bioseparation Processes3
PHB 630Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering3
Thesis
PHB 701 Master's Thesis 16
Total Credits30
1

Must register during the last semester before graduation, even if this requires taking additional thesis credits beyond the required six (6) credits.

M.S. in Biopharmaceutical Engineering (courses only) 

Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
PHB 610Biotechnology-Biopharmaceutical, Processes and Products3
PHB 615Bioseparation Processes3
PHB 630Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering3
Electives
Elective courses 19
Total Credits30
1

Partial list of approved electives is in Electives table. Electives can be selected from among appropriate courses in disciplines including but not limited to pharmaceutical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering management, pharmaceutical system management, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics and others. Students are encouraged to choose electives from a variety of offering departments. In general, all technical and scientific courses that are relevant to the program could be selected, typically in consultation with the Program Advisor.

M.S. in Biopharmaceutical Engineering (Master's thesis)

Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
PHB 610Biotechnology-Biopharmaceutical, Processes and Products3
PHB 615Bioseparation Processes3
PHB 630Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering3
Thesis
PHB 701 Master's Thesis 16
Electives
Elective course 23
Total Credits30
1

Must register during the last semester before graduation, even if this requires taking additional thesis credits beyond the required six (6) credits.

2

Partial list of approved electives is in Electives table. Electives can be selected from among appropriate courses in disciplines including but not limited to pharmaceutical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering management, pharmaceutical system management, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics and others. Students are encouraged to choose electives from a variety of offering departments. In general, all technical and scientific courses that are relevant to the program could be selected, typically in consultation with the Program Advisor.

Electives

PHEN 698Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Engineering I3
PHEN 699Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Engineering II3
PHB 701BMaster's Thesis3
PHB 701CMaster's Thesis6
PHB 725Independent Study I3
PHEN 602Pharmaceutical Facility Design3
PHEN 605Pharmaceutical Packaging Technology3
PHEN 606Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Solids Processing3
PHEN 612Pharmaceutical Reaction Engineering3
PHEN 614Pharmaceutical Separation Processes3
BME 651Principles of Tissue Engineering3
BME 672Biomaterials3
CHE 611Thermodynamics3
CHE 624Transport Phenomena I3
CHE 626Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering3
CHE 656Industrial Catalysis: Fundamentals and Applications3
CHE 675Statistical Thermodynamics3
CHE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice3
CHEM 601Special Topics in Chemistry I (Special Topics in Chemistry I)3
CHEM 605Advanced Organic Chemistry I: Structure3
CHEM 606Physical Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 658Advanced Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 661Instrumental Analysis Laboratory3
CHEM 6643
CHEM 673Biochemistry3
EM 636Project Management3
EM 637Project Control3
EM 640Distribution Logistics3
IE 604Advanced Engineering Statistics3
IE 605Engineering Reliability3
IE 618Engineering Cost and Production Economics3
IE 672Industrial Quality Control3
IE 673Total Quality Management3
IE 674Quality Maintenance and Support Systems3
IE 704Sequencing and Scheduling3
MATH 613Advanced Applied Mathematics I: Modeling3
MATH 635Analytical Computational Neuroscience3
MATH 637Foundations of Mathematical Biology3
MATH 654Clinical Trials Design and Analysis3
MATH 661Applied Statistics3
MATH 663Introduction to Biostatistics3
MATH 664Methods for Statistical Consulting3
R120 512Cell Biology: Methods & Appl3
R120 515Molecular Bio Of Eukaryotes3
R120 601Human Molecular Genetics3

M.S. Thesis

Full-time students receiving full or partial financial support must complete a Master's Thesis. Part-time students can also complete a Master's Thesis if they so choose. Part-time students working in industry are also eligible, and encouraged, to pursue the thesis option, possibly even conducted at their site and in collaboration with their supervisor. Students doing a thesis must select a Thesis Advisor who will guide them trough their thesis work. The students must also complete a form indicating the three (3) faculty members composing their MS Thesis Committee, to be selected in consultation with their Thesis Advisor. Students who are required, or choose, to do a thesis must take six (6) credits of PHB 701 Master's Thesis in lieu of six (6) credits worth of electives courses, and must choose their remaining elective course(s) in concultation with their Thesis Advisor. NJIT requires that students who elect to do a thesis must register for thesis during the last semester before graduation, even if this requires taking addition thesis credits beyond the required six (6) credits. Completion of the thesis requirements also includes:

  1. writing the thesis document, to be approved by the Thesis Committee, and
  2. making a final oral presentation to the MS Thesis Committee.

Student Involvement in Research

In addition to taking courses, students have the opportunity to work, one-on-one, with faculty members on research projects in areas of common interest, allowing maximum flexibility for independent work, and providing students with valuable research experience. Students have the option to complete a Master's Thesis. Part-time students working in the pharmaceutical industry are encouraged to pursue a Master's Thesis, possibly conducted at their site and in collaboration with their supervisor.

Qualified and research oriented students have the option of continuing their studies at NJIT by pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, industrial engineering, chemistry, or related disciplines. The NJIT-Industry Collaborative Ph.D. Program allows greater flexibility to industrial students who are interested in pursuing their Ph.D. while working full-time in industry.