Prospective Students

The Master of Science 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.

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


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 Extension, which administers the program and provides student advising, and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) which manages the curriculum, faculty selection and review, admissions, and student evaluation. 

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

In addition to this degree we offer two other master’s degree programs: Masters in Clinical Research (, and Masters in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations (

Key Program features:
  • One admission date each year – September 
  • Application deadline: May 31st, 2020
  • No GRE/GMAT required to apply
  • Merit-scholarship opportunity for qualified applicants (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only)
  • 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
Application Requirements:
  • Completion of online application for graduate admission
  • Two to three years of professional work experience and/or other advanced degrees
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or the equivalent, with training comparable in standard and content to that provided by the University of California
  • Minimum undergraduate/post-baccalaureate record
    (a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the final two years of study expected)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a relevant employer
  • Compelling statement of purpose
  • You may be interviewed as part of the admission process
  • International applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 85 or minimum IELTS score of 7.0 taken in the last two years to show English language proficiency
Intended Audience:

The Master of Science degree in Drug Development & Product Management is intended for individuals from either scientific, medical, pharma, business management, or legal backgrounds, who need specialized drug development and product management skills for career opportunities and advancement in pharmaceutical and managed care industries, or related government agencies, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the European Medicines Agency.


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. This program will be managed by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS). SSPPS manages curriculum, faculty selection and review, admissions, and student evaluation.

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 (SSPPS)  participates in the management of the 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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