Behind every exciting research and development initiative in the medical and pharmaceutical industry, you’ll find skilled professionals dedicated to compliance, consumer safety, and public health.

Degree Type:
Master of Science
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
Online
Requirements:
10 courses
Time to Complete:
12 – 24 months
Tuition:

Program Overview

A life-changing medical device. A time-saving, on-the-go meal. A revolutionary remedy.

We live in a day of innovation—but a lot happens between idea and execution. Regulations exist at nearly every stage in R&D, from clinical trials to marketing. With advancing technology, developing consumer standards, and evolving legislation and policies, leaders with expertise in regulatory affairs have perhaps never been more important to a company or organization’s success.

Whether your goal is to help companies bring compliant products to market or to ensure consumer safety through work with a government agency, you will find plenty of opportunities in the field of regulatory science.

A Closer Look: What is Regulatory Science?

The FDA defines regulatory science as “the science of developing new tools, standards, and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of all FDA-regulated products.” Just a few examples on this list would include:

  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Veterinary products
  • Diagnostics
  • Cosmetics
  • Food/beverage products
  • Nutritionals/vitamins

Other regulatory agencies include the USDA (meats, poultry, and produce), the Environmental Protection Agency (water, pesticides), the Federal Trade Commission (advertising practices), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

When you consider the vast number of products regulated by the government, it’s clear why regulatory science professionals are in higher demand around the globe.

Expand or Advance Your Career

An advanced degree in regulatory science prepares you for specialist and leadership roles in the public and private sector and in a range of industries and environments. Examples of administrative, management, or laboratory positions you might find include:

  • Regulatory affairs associate/specialist
  • Regulatory affairs manager/director
  • Compliance manager/officer
  • Promotions manager, regulatory affairs
  • Project manager, regulatory affairs
  • Product manager, regulatory affairs
  • IT analyst, regulatory affairs
  • International regulatory affairs manager
  • Compliance and claims auditor
  • Health communications manager
  • Director, corporate compliance
  • Director of legal, regulatory affairs
  • Practice director, regulatory affairs
  • Regulatory affairs scientist/science lead
  • R&D scientist/development scientist

An MS in Regulatory Science can also serve as a foundation for law school or advanced studies in public health.

Study on Your Terms

This online program is designed to offer the flexibility working professionals need while maintaining work, life, and school balance.

Career Insight

Why Study Regulatory Science at JHU

Capitalize On Our D.C. Location

JHU’s location gives us access to top professionals—and a front-row seat to the latest developments in regulatory affairs. Whether you’re on campus or across the country, you’ll learn from faculty members at the forefront of their fields.

Choose Electives to Fit Career Goals

Focus on the business side with classes such as Funding New Ventures, Marketing in a Regulated Environment, or Promotion of Biomedical Products. Or dive into the sciences with courses like Regenerative Medicine, Nanobiotechnology, or DNA Sequencing.

Expand Your Professional Network

When you enroll at Johns Hopkins, you become part of an international community of regulatory affairs and R&D professionals who work in labs, agencies, and companies around the world.

Leverage Your Experience and Expertise

Your past experience will give you an edge in your new career. According to the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, 88% of regulatory affairs professionals began their careers in another field.

Take the Next Step

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to bring innovative products to market while protecting public health and safety.

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