UC San Diego’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has launched a master of science in drug development and product management, a first-of-its-kind offering.

The program intends to bolster experienced professionals’ experience, including leading all aspects of drug development, from discovery to clinical application.

“Few schools of pharmacy or medicine have programs quite like this one,” said Williams Ettouati, managing director and associate clinical professor at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “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 could not be replicated by a student simply enrolling in a miscellany of existing classes.”

The master’s degree is intended for individuals who already have a background in pharmacy, nursing, medicine or another biomedical field, but need specialized drug development and product management skills for career advancement.

The program, administered by UC San Diego Extension, is now accepting applications. The deadline is May 31, and the first class is this fall.