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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Design and Management

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Design and Management

photo of Stephen Rathbun, professor in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Design and Management program

I try to impress upon my classes how careful analysis yields spectacular results.

Stephen Rathbun, Ph.D.


Offered through the College of Pharmacy Regulatory Sciences Program, the University of Georgia’s online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials Design and Management will prepare you to lead and manage the development and implementation of the scientifically valid clinical study design including monitoring of clinical trials and directing daily clinical trial operations.

This interdisciplinary program encompasses critical core competency areas including biostatistics, federal regulations, bioethics, and project management. These areas are integral in drug product development and medical device design validation required for federal regulatory market clearance and commercialization.

The program plan is ideal for working professionals and consists of 17 semester credit hours, delivered online, with occasional synchronous sessions via Zoom or in person on the UGA Gwinnett Campus. The certificate coursework may be applied toward a Master’s Degree in Pharmacy with an emphasis in Regulatory Sciences.


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


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Certificate:  17 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  N/A

Admission Requirements

Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate program in Clinical Trials Design and Management and are not required to take entrance exams and submit letters of recommendation. 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 Certificate in Clinical Trials Design and Management Program is a two-step process. You will need to submit our departmental application and an application to the UGA Graduate School.

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee:$ 75 Domestic / $100 International 
  2. Select Campus – Online 
  3. Select Intended Program – CERG, Clinical Trials Design and Management (College of Pharmacy) [CERT_2CTD] 
  4. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  5. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School through the application system.
  6. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission. 
  7. Letters of Recommendation – Submit two letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.

International Applicants – must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

  • Fall:  June 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15


Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates and student fees can change each year. 

Based on 2022 credit hour cost, a person completing this program at the recommended pace would have paid $12,240 in tuition.  

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s current tuition. 

This program is an E-Rate program, so choose “yes” for the E-Rate line item within the calculator.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. The total for those fees in the fall semester of 2022 was $147 for students enrolled in exclusively online courses. 

Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades. 

The complete cost of attendance can be found at

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). 

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and microphone are required.
  • High-speed internet access.


Program Structure

The program plan is ideal for working professionals and consists of 17 semester credit hours, delivered online, with occasional live sessions at the UGA Gwinnett Campus.


PHAR 6010EIntro to the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology & Device Industries4
PHAR 7100EBiostatistical Applications for Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industries3
PHRM 7230EEthical Issues in Research3
PHAR 6200EClinical Trials Design & Monitoring4
PHAR 6210EProject Management in Clinical Trials3


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