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Online Master of Science in Biotechnology: Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs

Biotechnology: Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs
Master's Specialization
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • Program restrictions apply
  • $534 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Advance your career in a modern discipline by earning an online master’s degree in biotechnology with a specialization in biotechnology regulatory affairs at University of Maryland Global Campus. You’ll study with a cohort of other working professionals and learn key career skills from experienced faculty members who are experts in the field. Plus, UMGC offers no-cost digital materials in place of most textbooks to help make your education as affordable as possible. Why wait? Enroll today!

Develop Expertise in the Biotechnology Product Lifecycle

This specialization is designed to help equip you with the skills you’ll need to thrive in the growing field of biotechnology. By enrolling in a unique program that combines elements of science and business, you may be able to stand out in the job market as you hone your skills in leadership, project management, laboratory work, research design, and marketing. This 36-credit degree program may also help prepare you to take a relevant industry certification exam.

These are a few of the ways we gear the curriculum toward working professionals:

  • This program is recognized as a Professional Science Master’s degree program by the Council of Graduate Schools.
  • This program is designed to help you prepare for the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS) Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) exam.
  • Our curriculum features 15 credits of core courses and 18 credits of specialization courses delving deeper into regulatory knowledge.
  • Apply what you learn in a collaborative capstone course that provides an in-depth exploration of the field through the lens of a real-world case study.

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View a complete list of program courses, program-specific and degree-level requirements, recommended experience, industry certification exams, and more.

Develop Knowledge in Biotechnology & Regulatory Policy

Biotechnology is a rapidly evolving field that will continue to grow in the 21st century. As the field grows, businesses will continue to play a key role in the regulation, monitoring, and testing of new biotechnical products. Employers are looking for professionals with the regulatory training required to help businesses promote safety and quality in biomedical research, clinical laboratory research, drug discovery (pharmaceuticals), medical device development, and more. This online program is designed to help you become a key asset in the biotech industry as you grow your skills in areas such as regulatory compliance, problem solving, leadership, workflow management, and communication.

UMGC program directors continually refine the curriculum, with a focus on helping students achieve these learning goals:

Pursue Highly Valued STEM Skills

Professional Science Master's Program

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Professional Science Master's Program

This program has received a special designation as a  Professional Science Master’s Degree program through the Council of Graduate Schools.

"Professional Science Master’s (PSMs) are designed for students seeking a STEM graduate degree who understand the need for developing workplace skills valued by top employers. The PSM is a perfect fit for professionals because it allows you to pursue advanced training and excel in science or math without a PhD, while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills."

Source: Professional Science Masters Website

Unlock Your Career Potential

In this program, you may gain skills and knowledge that can translate to many industries, including companies and institutions in the public sector, the private sector, and the non-profit sector. Potential regulatory affairs jobs include compliance specialist, clinical director, compliance analyst, laboratory manager, regulatory affairs manager, regulatory affairs specialist, and more.

Regulatory Professionals
More than 98,000 professionals work in regulatory compliance, covering the biotechnology, medical device, and pharmaceutical sectors.
Source: RAPS & Elemed | “2021 Report: Global Regulatory Affairs Professionals Workforce” | September 2021
Desire More Learning
In the North American regulatory affairs workforce, 27 percent of professionals find it challenging to identify appropriate sources of education and training.
Source: RAPS & Elemed | “2021 Report: Global Regulatory Affairs Professionals Workforce” | September 2021

Hone Skills in Your Coursework

Throughout the curriculum, your instructors will assign projects that will help you prioritize in-depth skills and experience as you pursue your career goals in the biotechnology industry.

In past courses, students have been able to complete the following projects:

  • Review literature by synthesizing findings from primary sources.
  • Solve problems and collaborate on team-based projects.
  • Analyze case studies to apply concepts to real-world scenarios.
  • Write a new biotechnology business plan that considers regulations.

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