Johns Hopkins University

MS in Regulatory Science

Johns Hopkins University's Master of Science in Regulatory Science program is designed to provide students with an education to lead regulatory science initiatives in government and industry. Read on to find more information about this online master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Regulatory Science

School Offering Program:

Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Professional experience in a pharmaceutical company, lab, or similar setting could be helpful to aspiring students of the Master of Science in Regulatory Science program. Additionally, students interested in applying to this program should have completed one college course in biochemistry and another in cell biology as well as possess a life sciences or engineering degree with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicants to Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs must have a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

After enrolling in the online Master of Science in Regulatory Science program offered by Johns Hopkins University's Advanced Academic Programs, students will have the chance to take courses focusing on clinical, biological, and biotechnical issues and topics. In the core curriculum, course topics could include drug development processes, drug evaluation and testing methods, FDA regulations, regulatory processes for biotechnical products, drug distribution regulations, and new drug development guidelines. A practicum course allows students to perform in-depth research on real-life FDA cases. In addition, students could choose electives addressing such topics as biotechnical legalities, food safety, regulatory policy development, grant and funding processes, bioethics, or drug marketing methods.

Learning Format:


Total Courses Required:

10 courses.

Financial Aid:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the form of student loans and grants. Johns Hopkins University online students may also be eligible for veteran benefits, employer reimbursement and scholarships. Please contact the University for additional information.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Regulatory Science:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Please contact Johns Hopkins University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses

  • 410.673: Biological Processes in Regulatory Affairs
  • 410.649: Introduction to Regulatory Affairs
  • 410.627: Translational Biotechnology: From Intellectual Property to Licensing
  • 410.683: Introduction to cGMP Compliance
  • 410.651: Clinical Development of Drugs and Biologics
  • 410.676: Food and Drug Law (taken before the Practicum)


  • 410.679: Practicum in Bioscience Regulatory Affairs


  • Students select three electives from the Advanced Biotechnology Program

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

In some cases, a more advanced degree might be required for those seeking positions in the medical or pharmaceutical industries. Graduates of Johns Hopkins University's Master of Science in Regulatory Science program could continue their education in a doctoral degree program. Graduates could be interested in applying to programs such as:

  • Ph.D. in Biotechnology
  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology
  • Ph.D. in Clinical and Translational Science

Potential Career Paths:

The online Master of Science in Regulatory Science provides graduates with the skills needed to explore employment opportunities in government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnical research labs, drug manufacturing companies, or nonprofit research associations. Graduates could pursue positions such as:

  • Clinical research project manager
  • Pharmaceutical quality control manager
  • Food safety director