Graduate Programs

M.S. Degree in Pharmaceutical Development and Management

With its unconventional structure, market-oriented goals, innovative delivery and partnership with prominent pharmaceutical companies, this program offers an unparalleled experience.

Its all-inclusive interdisciplinary approach —with the Adnan Kassar School of Business and pharmaceutical companies— integrates the different facets of the pharmaceutical industry such as production, formulation and development, quality control, quality assurance, regulatory, marketing and sales.

Furthermore, the program’s versatility of thesis (research) and non-thesis (professional) tracks, and wide-ranging choice of elective courses provide opportunities for learning experiences that are tailored to individual professional goals.

Graduates acquire the skill sets for an array of career opportunities in the industry or further advance their research in a PhD-related program. The program is recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education as well as the New York State Education Department.


Applicants seeking admission to the Master’s program in Pharmaceutical Development and Management must provide documented evidence of the following minimum requirements for having:

Additionally, applications should include:

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Students with no Pharmacy degree may be conditionally accepted on a case-by-case basis and are required to complete at least 6 credits of remedial undergraduate courses in Pharmacy at LAU that primarily include but not limited to the following courses: Dosage Forms; Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics; Medicinal chemistry; Pharmacology.

All applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty.

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The program offers optional thesis and non-thesis tracks. The former includes a laboratory-based research project, and the latter includes a 6-month internship with a literature-based project. This is a 36-credit program with the following courses:

Core Courses (3 credits each)

21 credits are required for the thesis and non-thesis tracks.

PHA752 Integrated Pharmaceutics & Biopharmaceutics
PHA754 Integrated Clinical Pharmacology
PHA756 Instrumental Methods in Pharmaceutical  Analysis and Development
PHA758 Biomanufacturing in Pharmaceutical Development of Drugs
PHA760 Biostatistics in Pharmaceutical Development of Drugs
PHA755/MGT831 Management Theory
PHA765/MKT841 Marketing Management

Elective Courses (3 credits each)

9 credits are needed for the thesis track and 12 credits for the non-thesis (professional) track, by choosing from the following list of elective courses as available.

PHA724 Ethics in Research
PHA725/MGT839 Advanced Organization Behavior
PHA726 Clinical Trials Design
PHA728 Project Management for Clinical trials
PHA730 Regulatory Affairs
PHA732 Quality Control and Assurance
PHA734 Advanced Pharmacoeconomics
PHA735/OPM880C Special Topics in Operations and Productions Management
PHA745/MFT880F Special Topics in Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Allocated 3 credits for the non-thesis project and 6 credits for the thesis.

PHA798 Project (professional track)
PHA799 Thesis (research track)

The thesis is directed by a committee of faculty members of the LAU School of Pharmacy, and possibly of adjunct faculty from the pharmaceutical and business corporations.

The project and practice in pharmaceutical companies are typically supervised by faculty members of the LAU School of Pharmacy with support from adjunct faculty from the industry.

See the LAU Academic Catalog (graduate education section) for information regarding admission, tuition, assistantship, academic rules and procedures.

Educational Goals and Outcomes


The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Development and Management aims to:


Upon completion of this program, graduates are able to: