Master of Science in Regulatory Sciences

School of Pharmacy

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall, Spring

In this 36-credit STEM program, discover the science of standards as well as the best practices for assessing the safety, efficacy, quality and performance of drugs and devices.

A Degree that Opens Wide-Ranging Global Opportunities

At MCPHS, we developed the MS in Regulatory Sciences to meet a pressing professional need. This two-year, full-time STEM program offers rigorous academic training in the science of standards. It explores the latest best practices in determining the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of drugs, devices, and innovations in the healthcare realm. If you are interested in pursuing a career in regulatory sciences, quality assurance, or quality control, this program was designed for you. It will prepare you for a significant role in any setting that involves developing tools, standards, and assessments of FDA-regulated products. You will have the credentials and confidence to pursue work with federal or state healthcare regulatory agencies as well as clinical research, managed care, or other health-related organizations. While especially valuable when paired with a PharmD degree, this compelling graduate experience provides significant value to anyone in a field requiring expertise in regulatory sciences. A baccalaureate degree or equivalent professional degree is required for admission.

Your 36-Credit Journey

This program is STEM-designated, qualifying international students for an additional two years of OPT work in the United States.

This full-time program covers all the strategic information and training you need to position yourself for a wide range of careers involving regulatory science. Your academic journey will include:

  • proven approaches to assessing the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of pharmaceuticals and devices
  • training in the science of standards
  • exploration of ethics, epidemiology, health economics, and drug development 
  • capstone experience
  • options for a practicum

Regulatory Sciences—A High-Growth Field

The health and wellbeing of the world’s citizens relies on the skill of regulatory science professionals, and the need for employees with that expertise is increasing exponentially.



Dedicated to regulatory processes at the US Food & Drug Administration


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Average salary

Senior regulatory affairs specialist
( 2023)