Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Program College of Science Northeastern University

Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Program College of Science Northeastern University

Boston, MA
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February 1
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The Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Program

The Northeastern University Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Program prepares students for successful careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, as well as positions with government agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration.

The program is part of Northeastern University's innovative Professional Science Master's Program, a non-thesis, non-research graduate degree approach in which students receive interdisciplinary training and learn skills that are typically not acquired in standard graduate programs in the sciences.

Graduates are referred to as "T-shaped" professionals who possess a depth of knowledge in a pharmaceutical science that is combined with real-world business, communications, and relational knowledge that is essential in the biotechnology workplace.

The department's esteemed industrial advisory board includes leading names in biopharmaceutical industry, including Merck, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Genzyme, and Novartis, and board members work closely with faculty members to provide students with an immersion in the field of biopharmaceutical science regulatory science.

Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Professional Science Master's Program

The Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Professional Science Master's (PSM) Program was established in 2009, when it became Northeastern University's fourth PSM.

The program's focus is on teaching core competencies in key biopharmaceutical areas including protein and carbohydrate chemistry, bioprocess engineering, immunology and immunogenicity, and analysis and characterization methodologies.

Students engage in rigorous scientific and business-related coursework, lab work, and cooperative business education activities in the field.

The program awards a Master of Science (M.S.) in biopharmaceutical science.

Graduate Cooperative Education Opportunities are Central

A central part of the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science PSM Program is the participation in the cooperative education opportunities that give students the chance to gain real-world experience and learning.

With more than 400 biotechnology companies employing nearly 50,000 workers in Massachusetts alone, there are countless opportunities for students to take co-op positions, not just in industry, but in regional government, teaching, and academic research labs.

Participation in a co-op is in fact a required part of the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science program, with the positions lasting 3 to 6 months and often serving as mutually beneficial preliminary entrances to permanent positions.

Focus is on Regulatory Science Versus Regulatory Affairs

The discipline of regulatory science deals with the scientific and technological basis for production, regulatory approval, and the monitoring of biopharmaceutical substances, as opposed to regulatory affairs, which is focused more on the enforcement of regulations through administrative protocols.

The demand for workers trained in biopharmaceutical regulatory science is growing by leaps and bounds, and the Biopharmaceutical Regulatory Science PSM helps meet that need by training students to become professionals in activities such as production and regulation of the next generation of biopharmaceuticals, "follow-on" biologics or "bio-similars" that come to market as the first-generation biologics come off of patent.

Flexible Scheduling for Full-Time, Part-Time, and Special Students

Students may enroll in the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science PSM Program on either a full-time basis, in which they take 8 semester hours of courses per semester, or part-time, in which they take up to 2 courses.

Some courses are offered during convenient evening or late afternoon hours for working students. International students are required to be enrolled on a full-time basis.

Students may also take up to 12 semester-hour credits in courses without being enrolled in the program under Special Student Status. Once the 12 credits have been earned, the student must be accepted into the program in order for any additional courses to be credited toward the degree.


Candidates for admission are required to have a Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, chemical or biochemical engineering, pharmaceutical science, or a related discipline, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.

Minimum GRE scores of 1100 or a minimum quantitative score of 650 is required, as are 3 letters of recommendation.

Tuition for the program is based on a per-credit price, charged on a "pay-as-you go" basis.

There are no graduate assistantship positions available for students in the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Program; however, Northeastern alumni and graduating seniors may be eligible for tuition discounts through the Double Husky Scholarship Program.

Northeastern University Thrives in the Heart of Bustling Boston

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is located in the heart of Boston and mimics its urban surroundings with a diverse student population.

The university is well known for its signature cooperative education program, through which students of all departments have the chance to gain real-world learning and experience by interacting with business, research, and academic organizations, not just locally in the Boston region, but in locations around the world.

More information is available regarding The College of Science, graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

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Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science Program

College of Science
Northeastern University

Boston, MA

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