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M.S. in Pharmacy, International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences
The rapid expansion of pharmaceutical and biomedical products requires a greater number of highly skilled Regulatory Sciences professionals to oversee the approval for new products 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 online M.S. in International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences, offered through the UGA College of Pharmacy, assures a strong professional background needed to succeed in administrative positions and specialized areas required of hands-on profession. Regulatory affairs professionals are multi-disciplinary. UGA offers the only online regulatory sciences master's in the U.S. that covers requirements in both the medical and veterinary industries. With the choice of either a thesis or non-thesis path to the degree, this program is ideal for individuals who have a clear objective to cultivate a career in regulatory affairs, and for those with an industry background desiring an advanced education in regulatory management. The courses cover regulatory requirements for Pharmaceutical, Biologic, Medical Device, Animal Health, International Regulations, and Combination Products.
- Medical Devices
- Veterinary Products
- Combination Products
- International Regulations
The mission of the UGA International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Program is to provide graduate-level distance education designed to increase knowledge and develop competencies in regulatory, clinical processes, and government regulations that are critical in helping assure the development, manufacturing, and marketing of safe and effective medical products around the world.
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- 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 required for UGA students –Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, Flash, Firefox and Chrome browsers, Zoom
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. Visit the Bursar's Office website to view current tuition and fees. 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.
Additional costs may include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades.
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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.
International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Admission Requirements
Students applying to the University of Georgia must be accepted by the Graduate School. Any student holding a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association is eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in the sciences, healthcare, or engineering. Preference will also be given to applicants employed in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology industries or a related field.
This program does not require GRE scores for admissions consideration.
UGA Graduate School Application: Submit the Graduate School application online.
Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
Supplemental Application: Complete the M.S. International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Supplemental Application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to:
Regulatory Sciences Graduate Education Program
The University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Road
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043-4005
Test Scores: Send recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old) to the graduate school. UGA institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813
International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
The GRE is not required for admissions consideration.
Statement of Purpose: Send to the department graduate coordinator. A statement of purpose should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals.
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.
Résumé or curriculum vita: Send to the department graduate coordinator.
Official Transcripts: Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
Interview with Department: Schedule your interview with the department and ensure that it takes place prior to the application deadline.
Fall: June 1
Spring: November 1
Fall: April 15
Spring: October 15
The M.S. in Pharmacy—International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences 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.
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 choose either the non-thesis or thesis path to degree completion.
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.
The non-thesis path requires a minimum of 39 semester hours and includes an applied project or internship and a comprehensive examination.
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.
International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Courses
Sample Part-time Schedule for a Single Academic Term
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Sample Year (part-time schedule)
MS in Regulatory Affairs Program Plan
Core (22 semester hours)
Completion of Certificate Courses (14 semester hours)
Additional Core Courses (13 semester hours)
PHAR 6100 Quality Control and Quality Assurance (3 sem hrs)
Advanced Electives (minimum of 6 semester hours)
Research Regulatory Affairs
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.
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.