Master of Science in Management with specialization in Biopharmaceutical Leadership
The Master of Science in Management with specialization in Biopharmaceutical Leadership allows scientists to combine critical learning in the field of biopharmaceutical leadership with the management knowledge and business skills required to be successful professionals.
The program provides unique and interactive ways to enhance leadership, management and organizational skills. This master's degree can be completed in two years of part-time study.
Expected Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Master of Science in Management with specialization in Biopharmaceutical Leadership, the student will:
Demonstrate a proficiency of knowledge in the areas of 1) team leadership, 2) intellectual property, 3) the pharmaceutical regulatory approval process, 4) organizational development, 5) strategy, 6) written and oral communication, 7) analysis, 8) ethics and behavioral science interventions.
Required Courses (11 courses/36 credits)
BPC 9009: Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Using real-life cases from the biopharmaceutical industry, students explore the issues of personality and individual style within organizations as they begin to form a personal leadership philosophy.
BPC 9018: Leading Effective Teams
Multidisciplinary, matrixed project teams have become the norm for carrying out drug discovery and development in the biopharmaceutical industry. In this course, students investigate the processes of developing high-performance teams, with emphasis on style versatility, trust building, facilitation, managing in a matrix environment, managing change, conflict management and negotiation.
BPC 9021: Project Management in the Biosciences
Combining theory and practice, this course provides a foundation in project management best practices (processes and tools) as applied to the drug development process in cross-functional project teams.
BPC 9034: Creating and Implementing Strategy in the Biopharmaceutical Environment
This course examines the core missions, markets and operating goals of biopharmaceutical firms, highlighting the mix of scientific and management skills required for success in today's developing and highly competitive markets.
BPC 9023: Research in a Global Environment
This course explores issues of individuality, culture and diversity in the workplace. It also examines global R&D trends in the biopharmaceutical industry, including external partnering and outsourcing, accessing emerging markets and how different R&D models affect individuals, groups and leaders in contemporary biopharmaceutical organizations.
BPC 9037 The Biopharmaceutical Environment: Law, Government and Society
This course examines aspects of the biopharmaceutical environment, including intellectual property law, the pharmaceutical regulatory process, post-approval access to therapies and the reaction of society to advancements in the field.
MSM 9015: Financial Management
The demands of stockholders, institutional investors and lenders have transformed the ways in which companies respond to the challenges of financial management. Students will focus on the application of a variety of financial techniques and recent advances in the field, while sharpening their management skills and broadening their perspective on the inner workings of executive and managerial decision-making.
MSM 9019: Negotiations & Conflict Management
Students will evaluate dispute resolution processes and procedures that help parties in a business dispute participate in a non-adversarial, collaborative search for mutually beneficial outcomes. This course also examines significant ethical, public policy and other considerations that affect an organization's use of these processes and their potential impact on its operations.
MSM 9022: Changing Economics
Current issues in economics and their relationship to the achievement of organizational goals will be discussed. The impact of economic reality on the student's own organization will be analyzed.
MSM 9029: Management Information Systems
Students develop an understanding of the major role information technology occupies in today's workplace. The course focuses on trends in the industry, strategic decision-making, cost-benefit justification, supply chain management, organizational restructuring, and CRM as they relate to information technology.
MSM 9038: Capstone Seminar (6 credits)
Combining skills from earlier courses in the program with research methods appropriate to organizational improvement, the student conducts research on an organization or industry. The student produces a final report detailing the professional leadership project and presents his/her research project to faculty and peers for evaluation and feedback.