Overview

Graduate Certificate BioPharma Regulatory Affairs

Offered through the College of Pharmacy, the University of Georgia’s online Graduate Certificate in BioPharma Regulatory Affairs provides a foundational core that will round out your experiences in regulatory affairs or prepare you to transition into the high demand field of regulatory affairs.

Specialized and convenient education is crucial for busy professionals to gain and maintain an understanding of the scientific and technical background of new or existing products. The program covers requirements for Pharmaceutical, Biologic, Medical Device, Animal health, International Regulations, and Combination Products.

The online Regulatory Affairs Certificate coursework will prepare you for the RAC Exam, covering about 80% of the RAC Exam material, and can be applied toward the UGA online M.S. in Pharmacy with an emphasis in BioPharma Regulatory Affairs.

UGA has also partnered with the Georgia Institute of Technology to offer Biomedical Engineering (BME) students an opportunity to earn a Certificate in BioPharma Regulatory Affairs (RA) while completing their BME at GA Tech. Engineers considering a career path in the healthcare industry, academia, or government, will gain a professional advantage by knowing regulatory issues regarding healthcare product development. Learn more about the UGA/GA Tech Regulatory Affairs Certificate Fast Track Initiative.

Accreditations

The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access.

Cost

Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $729 per credit hour 14 credit hours $10,206 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 3 semesters $1,791 USD
Total Program Cost     $11,997 USD

 Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current tuition and fees are available on the Office of the Registrar website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $366 in that semester. 

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 

Admissions

Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree/Certificate:  14 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  N/A

Admission Requirements

Students applying to The University of Georgia must be accepted by the Graduate School. Persons holding a bachelor's degree from any institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in sciences, healthcare, or engineering.  Preference will also be given to applicants employed in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology industries or related field.

Applying to the Regulatory Affairs Graduate Education Certificate Program is a two-step process. You will need to submit our departmental application and an application to the UGA Graduate School.

Students applying to the graduate school for non-degree status are not required to take entrance exams or to submit test scores and letters of recommendation. However, applicants are encouraged to include a company support letter in their application documents .

Non-Degree Application Checklist

  1. UGA Graduate School Application – Submit to the Graduate School online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Certificate in BioPharma Regulatory Affairs Application (pdf) - Complete and Mail to the department:

Regulatory Affairs Graduate Education Program
The University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Road
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043-4005

  1. Test Scores – International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  2. Statement of Purpose – Send to the department graduate coordinator. A statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals, and indicate their intent for the online program in their statement.
  3. Résumé or curriculum vita – Send to the department graduate coordinator.
  4. Official Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall:  June 1
  • Spring:  November 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Spring:  October 15

Curriculum

Program Structure

The program plan is ideal for working professionals and consists of 14 semester credit hours, delivered online, with occasional face-to-face sessions at the UGA Gwinnett Campus.

Course Sequence

  Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term 
Year 1
  • Intro to Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology & Device Industries (4 hrs)
  • Ethical Issues in Research (3 hrs)
  • Food and Drug Law (3 hrs)
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices (4 hrs)

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Contact Information

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