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Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmacy, Clinical Trials Management

Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmacy, Clinical Trials Management

photo of Grace Gowda, Associate professor and program director of the International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Masters Program

I am committed to developing and mentoring the next generation of regulatory professionals.

Grace Gowda

Associate Professor and Program Director


Offered through the College of Pharmacy Regulatory Sciences Program, the Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmacy with an area of emphasis in Clinical Trials Management (MS-CTM) will equip you with competencies in scientific, clinical, technical, and practical aspects of medical product development. You will learn how the different functions within the medical industry work to succeed in the regulated environment and gain the knowledge and skills necessary for clinical trial management for studies that evaluate the effectiveness and safety of medications and medical devices. The degree covers theoretical and practical applications, preparing you for careers that make significant contributions to medical science and public health.

The MS- CTM graduate program is structured to provide you with a strong foundation in regulations, clinical trial design and management, statistics, project management, drug safety, pharmacovigilance, regulatory standards (e.g., Good Clinical Practice(GCP), Good Laboratory Practice(GLP), Good Manufacturing Practice(GMP), and the role of International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) in drug development and global registration requirements for clinical trials.  You will develop and strengthen competencies in critical and strategic thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills to be successful in the medical industry through course assignments (e.g., FDA meeting preparation, clinical protocol development), project presentations (e.g., recorded video or live presentations) and online discussion forums (e.g., peer-to-peer interactions). Graduates of this program are prepared to lead and manage clinical research projects in various settings, including pharmaceutical companies, academic and research institutions, and government agencies.

When you complete the area of emphasis in Clinical Trials Management, you will have career opportunities in clinical research, clinical operations, clinical monitoring, regulatory affairs, or as faculty in a regulatory sciences or clinical trials program.

The MS-CTM program will be completely online and asynchronous, providing you the opportunity to learn as your schedule permits, allowing for in-person commitments such as full-time work or on-campus studies (e.g., Pharm.D, Ph.D.).


Online Master of Science in Pharmacy, Clinical Trials Management Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus – Online 
  3. Select Degree Level – Masters
  4. Select Intended Program – MS, Pharmacy (College of Pharmacy)[MS_PHRM_GONT]
  5. Select Area of Emphasis – Clinical Trials Management
  6. Select Intended Term – Fall
  7. Résumé or curriculum vita – Submit online to the Graduate School.
  8. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-to-two page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School through the application system. Identify your educational goals and expectations for the program. Use this opportunity to explain your knowledge or familiarity with Regulatory Sciences or Clinical Trials. Please ensure that your response reflects your own thoughts and experiences, as the College of Pharmacy values authentic and personal statements.
  9. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  10. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three 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

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants 

  • Fall:  June 1
  • Spring:  November 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Spring:  October 15


Tuition rates and student fees may change each year.

Based on the 2024-25 credit-hour cost, a person who had completed this program at the recommended pace would have paid $24,354 in tuition. Reference this sheet to identify the current credit hour rate for your program of interest.

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

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

Fees for those students enrolled in exclusively online programs are $411 per semester. 

Potential additional costs include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • 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). 


33 Credit hours to earn the degree.

BIOS(PHAR) 7100EBiostatistical Applications for the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries 3
PHAR 6010EPharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Device Industries 4
PHAR 6030ECurrent Good Manufacturing Practices3
PHAR 6140EOverview of Drug Safety Throughout Medical Product Lifecycle4
PHAR 6200EClinical Trials Design and Monitoring4
PHAR 6210EProject Management in Clinical Trials3
PHAR 6310EGood Clinical Practice Regulations for Drugs, Biologic Products, and Medical Devices 3
PHAR 6950EMaster’s Seminar in Regulatory Affairs3
PHRM(HPAM) 7230EEthical Issues in Research3

Choose at least one of the following:

PHAR 6020EFood and Drug Law3
PHAR 6130EU.S. Marketing Applications for New Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices4
PHAR 6340E European Pharmaceutical and Biologics Regulatory Sciences 3


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