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.

  •     Pharmaceuticals
  •     Biologics
  •     Medical Devices
  •     Veterinary Products
  •     Combination Products
  •     International Regulations

Download the complete Regulatory Sciences program brochure (PDF)

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.



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 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.

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.

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.

Application Checklist

  1. UGA Graduate School Application: Submit the Graduate School application online.

    1. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.

  2. Supplemental Application: Complete the M.S. International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Supplemental Application and email it 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. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

    2. The GRE is not required for admissions consideration.

  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 takes place prior to the application deadline.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

Fall:  June 1

Spring: November 1

International Applicants

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.

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.

The non-thesis 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. 

Download the PDF explaining the difference between thesis and non-thesis options.

International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Courses

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