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PharmD/Engineering Programs

The integration of global supply chains, product development and services in the pharmaceutical industry requires complex and strategic thinkers across a variety of disciplines. The Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) Master’s Degree and Certificate programs prepare Doctor of Pharmacy students to become effective leaders in planning, implementation, and management of multifaceted operations.

Benefits of an Engineering Master / Certificate

Through the Engineering Technology Management (ETM) coursework offered by the WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, you will prepare for the growing need in technical management of manufacturing operations in the pharmaceutical industry, health care, and governmental research initiatives, among many others. This dual track program allows you to tackle complex problems with an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset to manage a spectrum of job duties, including supervision of a wide array of technical personnel, design and deployment of pharmaceutical technological systems, project management, production, operations management, evaluation of technology value, and safety and quality control oversight.

This dual degree saves students time and money. Some pharmacy courses allow the ETM program to waive elective requirements; likewise some ETM courses allow the pharmacy program to waive elective requirements. Please reach out to one of our academic and student success advisors or the ETM program coordinator for more information.

Master’s Degree

A master’s degree in Engineering and Technology Management requires 30 semester hours, comprised of 27 semester hours of coursework (9 courses) and 3 semester hours of a non-thesis capstone experience. Some courses from the PharmD program meet the core competency requirements and thus may be substituted for the E _ M courses.

Certificate Program

The Engineering and Technology Management Certificate program allows you to complete shorter professional blocks of coursework by taking four courses (12-credit hours) in specialized areas to earn your certificate. Course credits earned for a certificate may also apply to your master’s degree in the ETM program or other graduate degree programs. If you want to broaden your skillset, you can earn more than one certificate and work on your certificate and master’s program at the same time.

How to Apply

To be eligible for the dual degree and certificate program you must apply separately and be admitted, to both the CPPS PharmD program and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture ETM program. An admitted PharmD student may apply for admission to the dual degree program at any time prior to receipt of the PharmD degree. Please feel free to reach out to the ETM program coordinator to learn more about the program and the benefits of pursuing an ETM degree or certificates.

You can apply for admission to the graduate school or through gradschool.wsu.edu/apply/. You will need to provide the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Personal statement (3-5 paragraphs describing your educational and career goals)
  3. Three letters of recommendations (required for master’s degree only)
  4. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for initial review, but official transcripts will be requested once admitted. (Official transcripts are those provided directly from the registrar of the school attended to the WSU Graduate School).
  5. $75 application fee

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition will be paid to both colleges at the same time. However, dual PharmD/ETM degree students will receive a discounted tuition rate per credit for their E_M courses. Current ETM tuition rates for dual degree students can be found on the ETM Tuition and Finances webpage under WSU Students and Affiliates.

Students who are pursuing the ETM Master’s Degree may also be eligible for additional financial aid. If you have any questions about financial aid, please contact spokane.financialaid@wsu.edu.