There are a number of elements that set the MS and Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Science programs at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy a part from others.

Science-Driven Curriculum

The MS and Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Science programs boast a science-driven curriculum that emphasizes drug and biologic product development and regulation. Courses are taught by faculty and guest lecturers who are nationally and internationally renowned as content experts in the field and have worked for years to help shape drug and biologic product development and regulation.

Ideal for Working Professionals

The MS and Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Science programs are available completely online for the convenience of working professionals. However, students still have ample opportunity to interact with faculty and peers both online and in-person by attending optional regulatory science events on campus. Although our students are working professionals who are geographically dispersed across the U.S., and around the world, almost all attend an in-person activity on campus before graduating.

Learn from Leaders in the Field

Students have a unique opportunity to learn from experts who bring real world experience in drug and biologic development and regulation to their online lectures and presentations. Faculty and guest lectures are content knowledge experts whose careers span large and small drug and biopharmaceutical companies, regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), and Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), and many other government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Expand Your Professional Network

Students can take advantage of the MS and Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Science program's Regulatory Science Advisory Panel, which makes knowledgeable scientists available to students for informal career consultation. Coursework also requires students to work together on many projects, giving them an opportunity to network with peers from different backgrounds and areas of expertise and helping them better understand the full spectrum of regulatory science activities. Approximately 60 percent of students come from the pharmaceutical industry, while 30 percent work for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other government agencies, and 10 percent come from academia.

Engage with M-CERSI

The University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) is an FDA-funded collaboration between the University of Maryland and the FDA, with activities that span research, training, and other informational exchange. Headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., the FDA is located less than 30 minutes from the University of Maryland. M-CERSI and the FDA partner to host approximately 6-8 public workshops each year, fostering a unique relationship that serves as a great benefit to students.