Depending on the background of the applicant this bridge program may consist of up to (but generally speaking less, 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 already mentioned, admission conditions may also include taking additional undergraduate or graduate courses, if needed.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Engineering is a 30-credit program structured along two different tracks. The two tracks have a common 15-credit core. Each track has an additional 6-credit track-core, as described below. Each track has 9 credits of electives selected by the student in consultation with, and subject to, the approval of the program advisor for the selected track

Students have the option of fulfilling 6 of the 9 credits 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 site 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 seven CORE COURSES; and
  • achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the BRIDGE COURSES.

Students may not repeat a course without approval of both the Program Director and the Office of Graduate Studies, located in the East Building, Suite 140. The grade received in a repeated course will replace the original grade in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average, although the first grade will still appear on the transcript. A MAXIMUM OF TWO COURSES MAY BE REPEATED. Students who receive an F in a course are required to repeat the course.

Program of Study

The program of study includes common core courses, track-specific core courses, elective courses, and, if the students so chooses, a thesis (in lieu of some elective courses), as specified below. The common core courses cover a variety of topics ranging from drug dosage forms to drug manufacturing processes, validation and regulatory issues, design criteria and unit operations for pharmaceutical processes, pharmacokinetics and drug delivery.

The program has two tracks, i.e.:

  • Track 1 - Process Development and Design for Drug Substance Manufacturing. This track is focused on the engineering aspects of chemical reaction and separation processes required for the manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients.
  • Track 2 - Process Development and Design for Drug Product Manufacturing. This track is focused on the engineering aspects of processes required for the manufacturing of final drug products.

All students must take the same five (5) common core courses as well as the two (2) track-specific core courses for the track that they have selected. Irrespective of the track selected, the total number of core courses (7) and the corresponding core credits (21) are the same for both tracks.

Course Requirements

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering, Process Development and Design for Drug Substance Manufacturing (applicants with science background or engineering degree other than chemical or mechanical, 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 are offered in the fall and should be taken concurrently.

Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 606Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Solids Processing3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
Track Core Courses
PHEN 612Pharmaceutical Reaction Engineering3
PHEN 614Pharmaceutical Separation Processes3
Electives
Elective courses 19
Total Credits30
1

Partial list of approved electives is in Electives table. Electives can be selected from among pharmaceutical engineering courses (such as the courses in the track not chosen by the student), as well as appropriate courses in disciplines such as chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and others.

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering, Process Development and Design for Drug Substance Manufacturing (applicants with science background or engineering degree other than chemical or mechanical, 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 are offered in the fall and should be taken concurrently.

Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 606Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Solids Processing3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
Track Core Courses
PHEN 602Pharmaceutical Facility Design3
PHEN 605Pharmaceutical Packaging Technology3
Thesis
PHEN 701 Master's Thesis 16
Electives
Elective courses 23
Total Credits30
1

A student must register for thesis during the last semester before graduation, even if this requires taking additional thesis credit beyond the required 6.

2

Partial list of approved electives is in Electives table. Electives can be selected from among pharmaceutical engineering courses (such as the courses in the track not chosen by the student), as well as appropriate courses in disciplines such as chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and others.

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering, Process Development and Design for Drug Substance Manufacturing (courses only)

Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 606Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Solids Processing3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
Track Core Courses
PHEN 612Pharmaceutical Reaction Engineering3
PHEN 614Pharmaceutical Separation Processes3
Electives
Elective courses 19
Total Credits30
1

Partial list of approved electives is in Electives table. Electives can be selected from among pharmaceutical engineering courses (such as the courses in the track not chosen by the student), as well as appropriate courses in disciplines such as chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and others.

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering, Process Development and Design for Drug Substance Manufacturing (Master's thesis)

Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 606Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Solids Processing3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
Track Core Courses
PHEN 602Pharmaceutical Facility Design3
PHEN 605Pharmaceutical Packaging Technology3
Thesis
PHEN 701 Master's Thesis 16
Electives
Elective courses 23
Total Credits30
1

A student must register for thesis during the last semester before graduation, even if this requires taking additional thesis credit beyond the required 6.

2

Partial list of approved electives is in Electives table. Electives can be selected from among pharmaceutical engineering courses (such as the courses in the track not chosen by the student), as well as appropriate courses in disciplines such as chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and others.

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering, Process Development and Design for Drug Product Manufacturing (applicants with science background or engineering degree other than chemical or mechanical, 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 are offered in the fall and should be taken concurrently.

Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 606Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Solids Processing3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
Track Core Courses
PHEN 602Pharmaceutical Facility Design3
PHEN 605Pharmaceutical Packaging Technology3
Electives
Elective courses 19
Total Credits30
1

Partial list of approved electives is in Electives table. Electives can be selected from among pharmaceutical engineering courses (such as the courses in the track not chosen by the student), as well as appropriate courses in disciplines such as chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and others.

M.S.  in Pharmaceutical Engineering, Process Development and Design for Drug Product Manufacturing (applicants with science background or engineering degree other than chemical or mechanical, 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 are offered in the fall and should be taken concurrently.

Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 606Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Solids Processing3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
Track Core Courses
PHEN 602Pharmaceutical Facility Design3
PHEN 605Pharmaceutical Packaging Technology3
Thesis
PHEN 701Master's Thesis 16
Electives
Elective course 23
Total Credits30
1

A student must register for thesis during the last semester before graduation, even if this requires taking additional thesis credit beyond the required 6.

2

Partial list of approved electives is in Electives table. Electives can be selected from among pharmaceutical engineering courses (such as the courses in the track not chosen by the student), as well as appropriate courses in disciplines such as chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and others.

Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 606Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Solids Processing3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
Track Core Courses
PHEN 602Pharmaceutical Facility Design3
PHEN 605Pharmaceutical Packaging Technology3
Electives
Elective courses 13
Thesis
PHEN 701Master's Thesis 26
Total Credits30
1

Partial list of approved electives is in Electives table. Electives can be selected from among pharmaceutical engineering courses (such as the courses in the track not chosen by the student), as well as appropriate courses in disciplines such as chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and others.

2

A student must register for thesis during the last semester before graduation, even if this requires taking addition thesis credit beyond the required 6.

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering, Process Development and Design for Drug Product Manufacturing (courses only)

Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 606Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Solids Processing3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
Track Core Courses
PHEN 602Pharmaceutical Facility Design3
PHEN 605Pharmaceutical Packaging Technology3
Electives
Elective courses 19
Total Credits30
1

Partial list of approved electives is in Electives table. Electives can be selected from among pharmaceutical engineering courses (such as the courses in the track not chosen by the student), as well as appropriate courses in disciplines such as chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and others.

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Engineering, Process Development and Design for Drug Product Manufacturing (Master's thesis)

Core Courses
PHEN 601Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 603Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Processing of Liquid and Dispersed Phase Systems3
PHEN 604Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry3
PHEN 606Pharmaceutical Unit Operations: Solids Processing3
PHEN 618Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Drug Delivery3
Track Core Courses
PHEN 602Pharmaceutical Facility Design3
PHEN 605Pharmaceutical Packaging Technology3
Thesis
PHEN 701Master's Thesis 16
Electives
Elective course 23
Total Credits30
1

A student must register for thesis during the last semester before graduation, even if this requires taking additional thesis credit beyond the required 6.

2

Partial list of approved electives is in Electives table. Electives can be selected from among pharmaceutical engineering courses (such as the courses in the track not chosen by the student), as well as appropriate courses in disciplines such as chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and others.

Electives

The following is a non-exhaustive, partial list of courses that can be taken as elective courses:

PHEN 602Pharmaceutical Facility Design3
PHEN 605Pharmaceutical Packaging Technology3
PHEN 612Pharmaceutical Reaction Engineering3
PHEN 614Pharmaceutical Separation Processes3
PHEN 701Master's Thesis0
PHEN 702Selected Topics in Pharmaceutical Engineering3
PHEN 725Independent Study3
BME 672Biomaterials3
BME 675Computer Methods in Biomedical Engineering3
CHE 611Thermodynamics3
CHE 624Transport Phenomena I3
CHE 626Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering3
CHE 627Introduction to Biomedical Engineering3
CHE 628Biochemical Engineering3
CHE 656Industrial Catalysis: Fundamentals and Applications3
CHE 675Statistical Thermodynamics3
CHE 681Polymerization-Principles and Practice3
CHEM 601Special Topics in Chemistry I3
CHEM 605Advanced Organic Chemistry I: Structure3
CHEM 606Physical Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 658Advanced Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 661Instrumental Analysis Laboratory3
CHEM 6643
CHEM 673Biochemistry3
CS 610Data Structures and Algorithms3
CS 631Data Management System Design3
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
ME 624Microlevel Modeling in Particle Technology3
MNE 601Computerized Manufacturing Systems3
MNE 602Flexible and Computer Integrated Manufacturing3

M.S. Thesis

Part-time students working in the pharmaceutical industry are eligible and encouraged to pursue the thesis option.

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.