Master of Science in Pharmacy, International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences

The rapid expansion of pharmaceutical and biomedical products requires a greater number of highly skilled regulatory science professionals to oversee the approval for new product lines and manage compliance with complex regulatory policies and procedures. Specialized and convenient education is crucial for busy professionals to develop and sustain an understanding of the ever-changing regulatory environment. The Master of Science in International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences assures the strong professional background you need to succeed in the regulatory industry.

Regulatory science professionals are multi-disciplinary with diverse backgrounds and UGA offers the only regulatory program in the US that covers requirements in both the medical and veterinary industry. With the choice of either a thesis or non-thesis path to degree, this program is ideal for individuals with a clear objective to cultivate a career in regulatory affairs and those with an industry background desiring advanced education in regulatory management.

Offered through the College of Pharmacy, the curriculum covers requirements for pharmaceutical, biologic, medical device, animal health, international regulations, and combination products. Regulatory science professionals are employed in industry, government, and academia and provide a range of services related to the regulation, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, biologics, biotechnology, nutritional products, cosmetics, and veterinary products.

Additional information for current International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences students can be found at rs.rx.uga.edu.


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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.
  • Free software requirements for UGA students –Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, Flash, and Firefox, Chrome browsers


Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $720 per credit hour 38 credit hours $27,360 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 6 semesters $3,582 USD
Total Program Cost     $30,942 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 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). 


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  38 - 39 (credit hours)

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  6

A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred into the program with Director's approval. The International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Graduate Education Program is a member of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE), which allows students to register for approved courses at an approved ARCHE member institution.

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.

A combined (verbal and quantitative) GRE score of 1000 or higher is preferred. However, GRE scores are assessed in relation to other factors such as GPA, background, and interview for determination of admission and we welcome applications of all qualified persons with a sincere interest in International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences. The Regulatory Sciences Program offers a Graduate Records Examination (GRE) Waiver Request option.  No waiver request is guaranteed and we encourage our applicants to consider taking the GRE as part of the application process. The GRE is one of the benchmarks we evaluate to ensure that an applicant can make it through the rigors of the UGA Regulatory Sciences Program.  Yet, for those applicants with significant work experience or other graduate education experience, the department may consider waiving the GRE requirement.

Application Checklist

  1. UGA Graduate School Application – Submit the Graduate School application online.
  2. M.S. International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Supplimental Application – Complete the pdf application and email to regaffairs@rx.uga.edu or mail to:

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

  1. Test Scores – Send recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old) to the graduate school. UGA institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813  
    1. GRE
    2. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  2. Statement of Purpose – Send to the department graduate coordinator. A statement of purpose should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals.
  3. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to the graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study.
  4. Résumé or curriculum vita – Send to the department graduate coordinator.
  5. Official Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  6. Interview with Department - Schedule your interview with the department and ensure that it is complete prior to the application deadline.

Application Deadlines

Fall:  June 1

Spring: November 1

International Applicants

Fall:  April 15

Spring: October 15


Program Structure

This masters program is a part-time only program and operates on a traditional academic calendar. The first day of class is generally a live session at the UGA Gwinett Campus.  All students are expected to attend the Program Orientation. 

Students may chose either the non-thesis or thesis path to degree completion.  Download the .pdf explaining the difference between thesis and non-thesis options.

Non-thesis Path 

The non‐thesis pathway will engage you in real‐world application, practice, development, and experiential learning needed for career success. These practical aspects of the job are highly desired by employers and the non‐thesis pathway is particularly suitable for students who do not plan to pursue research intensive positions or complete a Ph.D.

This path requires a minimum of 39 semester hours and includes an applied project or internship and a comprehensive examination.

Thesis Path 

Completing a master's thesis demonstrates research competencies, involves direct research experience, and strengthens ones potential application to Ph.D. programs. A thesis may be especially valuable for work requiring research in cutting‐edge development companies.

This path requires a minimum of 38 semester hours and includes the development and oral defense of a research-based thesis. 


Sample Part-time Schedule for a Single Academic Term

  Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

Sample Year (part-time schedule)

  • PHAR 6100: Quality Assurance & Quality Control
  • PHAR 6200: Clinical Trials & Monitoring
  • PHAR 6800: Applied Project
  • PHAR 6130: FDA Submissions
  • PHAR 7100: Biostatistics
  • PHAR 6210: Project Management for Clinical Trials

MS in Regulatory Affairs Program Plan

Core (22 semester hours)

Completion of Certificate Courses (14 semester hours)
PHAR 6010 Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Device Industries (4 sem hrs)
PHAR 6020 Food and Drug Law (3 sem hrs)
PHAR 6030 Current Good Manufacturing Practices (4 sem hrs)
PHRM 7230 Ethical Issues in Research (3 sem hrs)

Additional Core Courses (13 semester hours)

PHAR 6100 Quality Control and Quality Assurance (3 sem hrs)
PHAR 6120 Process Control and Validation (3 sem hrs)
PHAR 6130 FDA Applications and Submissions (4 sem hrs)
BIOS 7100 Biostatistical Applications for Pharmaceutical & Biotech Industries (3 sem hrs)

Advanced Electives (minimum of 6 semester hours)

Research Regulatory Affairs
Quality Control and Quality Assurance
Internship in Regulatory Affairs (3 sem hrs)
Clinical Trials Design & Monitoring
Clinical Trials Project Management (3 sem hrs)
Developing Leadership Skills
Drug Development
Veterinary Products

Thesis Track (6 semester hours)

The master's thesis is either a basic or applied research project conducted by the student and supervised by the student's advisory committee. A final oral examination is required.
PHRM 7000 Masters Research (3 sem hrs)
PHRM 7300 Masters Thesis (3 sem hrs)

Non-thesis Track (9 semester hours)

Students pursuing the non‐thesis track must complete and receive committee approval of a focused area of study/exploration and pass a comprehensive written examination, administered by the student’s graduate advisory committee.
Additional elective(s) or other appropriate courses related to the student’s career objective (3 sem hrs).
Applied project and/or internship related to the student’s career objective (3 hrs)
PHAR 6800 Applied Project in Regulatory Affairs&n
PHAR 6900 Internship in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs
Masters Seminar in Regulatory Affairs (3 sem hrs)

Contact Information

Contact the online International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 452-7948