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UC San Diego created these masters' degrees in response to the need to expand career potential and bring academic rigor to professionals in various fields. These self-funded degree programs are tailored to the lifestyle and level of experience of working professionals. The degrees are conferred by the Graduate Division at UC San Diego and are a collaborative effort with UC San Diego Extension, which administers the programs and advises students.

The degrees are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the accrediting body for the University of California.
 

Master’s Degree in Drug Development & Product Management

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.

Key program features:

  • No GRE/GMAT required to apply
  • One admission date: September
  • Merit-scholarship opportunity
  • Innovative case and project-oriented approach to learning
  • Unique instruction by faculty with industry experience and lecturers from Pharma, Biotech, and Managed Care professionals
  • Connections with employers through practice-oriented internships

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Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Research

The broad-based curriculum of the master’s in clinical research covers the principles of epidemiology, bio-statistics, patient-oriented research, health services/outcomes research, applied quantitative analysis, professional development seminars for clinical researchers and an integrative, high-level clinical research project in the student’s final term. Through an interactive classroom environment with peers and faculty, participants apply knowledge and insights to current situations and challenges in their own research.

Key program features:

  • No GRE/GMAT required to apply
  • Multiple admission dates: January or June
  • Merit-scholarship opportunity
  • Flexible late afternoon and evening courses
  • Each student is assigned a research mentor
  • Courses taught by renowned faculty from the UC San Diego School of Medicine
  • Links academic and professional scientific communities

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Master’s Degree in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations

The master’s degree in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations focuses on building leadership and management skills for healthcare professionals with an emphasis on clinical process improvement. The program is designed to equip graduates with the advanced knowledge and skills that are essential for managing challenges in today’s competitive healthcare environment.

Key program features:

  • No GRE/GMAT required to apply
  • Multiple admission dates: September, January or March
  • Merit-scholarship opportunity
  • Flexible, evening course schedule to meet the needs of working professionals
  • Innovative and relevant curriculum
  • Courses taught by renowned faculty from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and leaders in the healthcare industry
  • Opportunity to network with other healthcare professionals and faculty from diverse areas of expertise

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"The workforce needs of the pharmaceutical and biotech industry across California are significant and require that we train the best and brightest. Based on a comprehensive workforce survey Biocom published in 2016, and thoughtful feedback from our member companies, we believe UC San Diego's Master of Science in Drug Development & Product Management will fill a critical state-wide need."

- Joseph Panetta, MPH
President and CEO
Biocom

 





















 

"What I liked most was the diversity in the classroom. My peers included MDs, PhDs, PharmDs, nurses, clinical research coordinators, bench scientists and local biotech industry experts, to name a few. In every single class, I was learning very effective communication skills simply by attending and interacting with my peers.”

- Julia Witton
Project Manager, Agility Clinical, Inc., and a graduate of the master's degree in Clinical Research






 

" I recognized early in my management career that a master's degree would be critical as I pursued increased responsibilities and scope as a healthcare administrator."

- Tracy Chu, and current VP, Chief Operations Executive at Scripps Health, San Diego, and a graduate of the master's degree in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations