Master's Degree in Drug Development & Product Management

Prospective Students

The master’s degree in Drug Development & Product Management focuses on building the managerial, regulatory, and pharmacoeconomic skills and insight to equip graduates to effectively lead the complex facets of the drug development process from discovery-to-patient.

A Message from Williams Ettouati, Managing Director

This is the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences first master’s degree program.

We are committed to preparing professionals to meet the needs of the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and managed care industries, and excel in careers that didn’t exist just five or ten years ago.  Few schools of pharmacy or medicine have programs quite like this one. Our program draws upon strengths across our campus, as well as the San Diego biotech and pharmaceutical research cluster, to create a multi-disciplinary, team-based training program that cannot be replicated by a student simply enrolling in a miscellany of existing classes.

In addition, a unique feature of the program will be that each student will complete an internship in a biotech or pharmaceutical company.

Some information about San Diego’s life science cluster:

  • Life sciences employees on average earn more than $134,000 annually.
  • In 2014, more than 1,100 San Diego County companies employed more than 34,000 people in direct life sciences employment.
  • Venture capital investment in life sciences in San Diego County totaled more than $550 million in 2014. Biotechnology received more than any other industry in San Diego.
  • Life sciences activity in 2016 accounted for more than $31.8 billion in total economic impact in San Diego.

Please consider our program to see if it would assist you in accomplishing your personal career goals.


Williams Ettouati, PharmD
Managing Director
Associate Clinical Professor
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Key Program features:
  • One admission date each year – September
  • No GRE/GMAT required to apply
  • Merit-scholarship opportunity for qualified applicants
  • Innovative and relevant curriculum
  • Instruction by a combination of faculty with scholarly understanding and industry experience
  • A case and project-oriented approach to learning
  • Options in professional focus
  • Face-to-face course delivery alternatives
  • Exposure to student colleagues with varied professional backgrounds
  • Connections with employers through practice-oriented internships
  • Access to Program Advisor and Industry Engagement Manager: Diana “Di” Saldivar

About the Degree

This is a Master of Science Degree conferred by the Graduate Division at the University of California, San Diego
(UC San Diego). It represents a collaborative effort between UC San Diego Extended Studies and Public Programs, which administers the program and provides student advising, and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences which manages the curriculum.

This is a self-funded degree which means that it does not receive any state funded support.

The degree is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) which is the accrediting body for the University of California. UC Graduate degree programs go through graduate academic reviews of their curriculum/faculty/administration every 7 years by the Graduate Council.

In addition to this degree we offer two other master’s degree programs:

Degree Partners
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was established in July 2000 and matriculated it’s first class in fall 2002. It offers students an innovative and flexible curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, taught by a stellar health sciences faculty in a program closely associated with the outstanding clinical, research and academic programs in the School of Medicine.

San Diego ranks third in the nation as an engine for the development of biotechnology products. Surrounding the UC San Diego campus are numerous research and development companies devoted to biotechnology and pharmaceutical development, including many developed by or with UC San Diego faculty. The Center for Drug Discovery Innovation at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences  participates in the management of master of science degree.

UC San Diego Extended Studies and Public Programs

In addition to research and degree work, UC San Diego is home to one of the most diverse continuing education programs in the world: UC San Diego Extended Studies and Public Programs provides critical support for workforce development to San Diego and other partnering organizations. It addresses the lifelong knowledge and skill development needs of individuals, organizations and the community. Every area of study, from biotechnology and the arts, to foreign languages and healthcare, evolves with the community. Courses are refined as the workplace changes and as new ideas and technologies arise.

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