Program Overview

program overview

The Master of Science in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs program gives you the management skills needed to take a medical product – drug, device or biologic – from concept to market.

After successfully completing this program, you'll be able to:

Graduates are prepared to earn professional certifications, including those from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.

The Master of Science in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs program is offered by the UW School of Pharmacy, which is recognized as a leader in pharmacy education, scholarship and research. In a recent survey, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school 10th among U.S. graduate schools of pharmacy.

Program Format

Designed for working professionals, the MS in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs is a two-year (six-quarter) program. A new cohort begins each autumn and goes through all the courses together, with classes meeting just two or three evenings a week on the UW Seattle campus. Students complete 14 courses, for a total of 45 credits, including a practicum that provides valuable real-world experience.

Who Should Apply

Typical applicants range from regulatory affairs professionals seeking advanced training and/or roles in management to recent college graduates who want to break into the medical products fields. We also enroll professionals from other fields who need a broad understanding of biomedical regulatory affairs for their work, such as attorneys.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, preferably in a science discipline, the health sciences, engineering or law. At least one year of professional experience in the medical products industry is also desired.

Related Programs

If you're not ready for a master's program yet but are interested in learning more about regulatory affairs, you might consider taking a related certificate program from UW Professional & Continuing Education.

The Certificate in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs focuses on how to execute the FDA processes needed to get approval of new drugs or medical products. And the Certificate in Clinical Trials teaches you how to design and manage clinical trials. In certain circumstances, graduate credit earned in these certificates may be applied toward the master's in biomedical regulatory affairs. For more information, contact the counseling services coordinator.

At a Glance

Credits: 45
Learning Format: Classroom (evenings)
Length: 2 years
Cost: $818 per credit


We are happy to answer your questions and provide more information about the UW Master of Science in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs.

What sets up apart [from similar programs] is that we address the requirements for drugs, biologics and medical devices. [Students] need to know all three because understanding one helps you understand another better – and makes you a better contributor to [all] kinds of decision making.

Tom Hazlet
Associate Professor and Director, BRAMS

As you rise within the regulatory affairs industry, competition for jobs increases. The master's degree can help set you apart from other applicants.

Alisha Bouge
2011 Graduate

IRB Education Specialist Stanford University