Graduate Certificate International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences

Offered through the College of Pharmacy, the University of Georgia’s online Graduate Certificate in International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences provides a foundational core covered in three semesters of coursework that will round out your experiences in regulatory affairs or prepare you to transition into the high demand field of regulatory sciences.

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 including regulations for pharmacy compounding and international regulations. The program covers requirements for Pharmaceutical, Biologics, Medical Device, Animal Health, International Regulations, and Combination Products.

The online Regulatory Sciences 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 International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences.

UGA has also partnered with the Georgia Institute of Technology to offer Biomedical Engineering (BME) students an opportunity to earn a Certificate in International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences 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 International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Certificate Fast Track Initiative.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master's, 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, Mac, or Linux). 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 14 credit hours $10,080 USD
Student Fees $597 per full semester 1 semester $597 USD
Student Fees $372 for < 5 credit hrs semester 2 semesters $744 USD
Total Program Cost     $11,421 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 $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/Certificate:  14 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  N/A

International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences 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 International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences 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 applies.
  2. Certificate in International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Application (pdf) - Complete and email to regaffairs@rx.uga.edu or mail to the department:

Regulatory Sciences 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.
  5. Letters of Recommendation - Submit two 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.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall:  June 1
  • Spring:  November 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Spring:  October 15


Program Structure

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

Sample Part-time Schedule

  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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The fastest way to get started is with the video tutorials created by the UGA Libraries. 


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Many more video tutorials about library resources and services are available in this libguide for distance learners, http://guides.libs.uga.edu/c.php?g=350137.   All are brief, closed-captioned instructional sessions.   If you are new to the UGA Libraries or coming back to school after some time off, these tutorials are a great way to get an overview of services or refresh rusty research skills.  Here you’ll find videos showing you how to recall books that are checked out to other patrons, when to use GIL-Find or GIL Classic, and how to find UGA dissertations as well as dissertations available at other universities.  Other tutorials will help you search specific databases and locate a specific journal article.


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Contact Information

Contact the online Regulatory Affairs Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 452-7950