Our transformative and innovative program aims to train the next generation of scientists in advanced computational tools and methods.


The Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Drug Discovery and Development (AICD3) graduate degree program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will train students to apply computer science, data science, statistical analysis, machine learning, and other data-driven methods to redefine the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies. The program enables graduates to gain a competitive edge for some of the most desirable jobs in the biopharmaceutical industry and in academia, both of which increasingly require interdisciplinary training.

  • Duration: 1.5 years.

  • Structure: 5 quarters:

    • 3 quarters didactic coursework.

    • 2 quarters dedicated to a capstone project.

Career Opportunities for Graduates:

Graduates will emerge as leaders, driving innovation and shaping the future of academia, industry, and start-ups spearheading advancements across a spectrum of areas, from drug discovery to translational medicine.

Drug Discovery
  • Use AI for target identification and validation.
  • Employ modeling techniques for lead compound optimization.
Drug Development
  • Specialize in PK/PD modeling.
  • Master the nuances of pharmacometrics modeling.
  • Integrate and analyze vast biological datasets.
  • Decode genomic sequences and use ML algorithms to predict protein structures.
  • Leverage AI for real-time monitoring of drug effects.
  • Predict adverse reactions using big data analytics.
Translational Medicine
  • Seamlessly bridge laboratory discoveries with patient care.
  • Harness computational tools to expedite clinical trials and tailor treatments to individual patients.

Student Disability Services (SDS)

UCSF is committed to ensuring access to graduate education for all students. Early communication with the relevant administrators is critical to a successful partnership in arranging accommodations. SDS is the appropriate and confidential office for seeking accommodations and will coordinate communications and procedures with you and the graduate faculty and programs.

Details: SDS: Information for Prospective Students and Graduate Division Accommodations Process.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Our program welcomes students of any race, religion, national origin, gender identity, caregiver and family commitments, political affiliation, sexual orientation, and eligible age or ability. We believe Black Lives Matter and are committed to sustained action to reduce racism and inequity in science.

Details: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Student Success

Success in graduate school requires care and attention to all aspects of your life: health and wellness, community, career development, personal and professional relationships, and security and safety. UCSF is committed to providing a full range of resources and services to help you succeed.

Details: Student Success Center.