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Certificate in Pharmaceutical Management

Program Details

The Certificate in Pharmaceutical Management at New Jersey Institute is offered completely online, partially online or on campus in Newark, New Jersey. Online courses are highly interactive and encourage discussion with faculty and other classmates. Additionally, students are able to take all classes on NJIT's campus that boasts a student body of over 10,000, with around 1,600 living on campus. NJIT is a public research university founded in 1881 and is the primary institute of higher education of science and technology in New Jersey.

Program curriculum for the Pharmaceutical Management Certificate focuses on drug development, drug manufacturing process, and drug dosage formulation. Emphasis is placed on financial management and other aspects of pharmaceutical business. Additionally, curriculum provides knowledge of FDA requirements and the methodologies used to comply with said requirements.

Students will complete 12 credit hours of course work, which will take, on average, one year to complete.  Required program courses include, Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering (PhEn 601), Validation and Regulatory Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry (PhEn 604), Competing in Global Markets, Financial and Economic Environment (MRKT 620), Project Management (EM 636), Project Control (EM 637), and Total Quality Management (IE 673).

The Principles of Pharmaceutical Engineering course offers a general introduction to the pharmaceutical industry as a whole. The Validation and Regulatory Issues in Pharmaceutical Industry course discusses drug discovery and development, FDA regulations, and operational aspects of the drug manufacturing process. The Competing in Global Markets course introduces the role and effect the pharmaceutical industry has in the global market. All additional courses are elective courses and each emphasize financial management in the pharmaceutical business world.

Prospective students applying for admission into the program must obtain a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering or mechanical engineering. Students must also have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to apply. Prospective students who do not meet admission requirements may be accepted provisionally and will need to take bridge courses designed on a case-by-case basis.


Students must have an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering or mechanical engineering, with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is usually required. Applicants with: (1) a science degree, (2) an engineering degree in a discipline other than chemical or mechanical engineering, or (3) a GPA below 3.0 but at least 2.8, may be conditionally admitted to the program.

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education