- 100% online, no visits to campus required
- The program requires 18 total credits and can be finished in 24 months
- Developed by regulatory affairs professionals working in governmental agencies such as the FDA and NIH
- All credits can be transferred into the MSHS in Regulatory Affairs program
A Scholarship Opportunity is Currently Available!
Receive a $500 scholarship when you take the next step in your career and begin your online degree program in January 2020. Submit your application by 12/6/19 to qualify. Contact an admissions advisor to learn more today.*
Online Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs
The George Washington University's (GW) Online Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs is a fully online, 18 credit-hour graduate certificate program designed to teach working professionals the relevant, critical skills and knowledge they need to become regulatory affairs leaders.
Developed in collaboration with regulatory affairs professionals in governmental agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes for Health (NIH), this program integrates global regulatory strategy across the curriculum to equip you as a business leader in regulatory strategy locally and abroad.
Upon completion of the online certificate program, you'll have the opportunity to transfer all 18 credits to GWs online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Regulatory Affairs program.
The online Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs program will provide the skills to advance your knowledge in the areas of clinical research, product testing, global health, and public health policy.
As a graduate of the certificate program, you'll be fully prepared to:
- Understand the framework necessary to develop an integrated understanding of regulatory affairs
- Demonstrate knowledge of development and evaluation of global regulatory strategies that support drug and biologic product development.
- Examine the regulation of medical devices through an epidemiological lens
- Understand topics such as protocol development, study design, post-marketing surveillance, evaluation and assessment of regulatory submissions
Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?
The online Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs program is ideal for healthcare professionals who are either just entering the field of regulatory affairs or who wish to increase their knowledge and skills to advance to a leadership position.
Students of the online Graduate Certificate program in Regulatory Affairs will learn to evaluate the scientific and economic value of potential new products in the global market, championing effective deliveries of healthcare products locally and abroad.
By combining interdisciplinary practices of law, science, and business in regulatory affairs, the graduate certificate program prepares students for a variety of careers in regulatory affairs. Typical roles for regulatory affairs professionals include:
- Regulatory Affairs Associate
- Regulatory Affairs Specialist
- Compliance Specialist
- Associate Technical Engineer
- Quality Manager
Advance Your Career as a Leader in Regulatory Affairs
Contact an admissions advisor today at (844) 386-7323.
*Disclaimer: To qualify, a student must submit a completed application within the priority application deadline, meet current application requirements and begin the first course of the online program in January 2020. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will not be considered. The $500 scholarship will be divided between the first and fifth courses. Limits apply. Speak to an admissions advisor for complete details.
The Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs requires successful completion of 18 semester hours, including 15 semester hours in the field of regulatory affairs and 3 semester hours Biostatistical course.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Previous work experience
Healthcare Experience Preferred
A written personal statement
Statement of Purpose (Applicants must include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at GW, your academic objectives, career goals and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.)
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, current McNair Program Scholars.
2 Letters of Recommendation
Official transcripts from every college and university attended
International Students: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration: TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based GW's school code for the TOEFL is 5246. PTE: overall score of 86 IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0 International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if: You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language, You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction, You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.
The Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs requires successful completion of 18 credit hours. All semester credits earned in this program are transferable to the MSHS in Regulatory Affairs.
Provides an introduction to the foundation of biostatistics, which is comprised of the design and analysis of clinical research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression and chi-square analysis. In addition, the course will examine the interpretation of output from statistical software (SPSS and SAS). Practice problems and review of scientific literature are also included to provide a comprehensive context in public health.
Serves as a foundation for the entire program and is designed to provide students with a framework necessary to develop an integrated understanding of regulatory affairs. It looks at the big picture, covering U.S. and international legislation and regulatory processes guidelines, as well as the pivotal role that regulatory affairs leaders play in developing products, navigating the regulatory review and approval process and contributing to keeping products on the market.
Covers the development and evaluation of global regulatory strategies that support drug and biologic product development. In this course students analyze the critical elements of the product life cycle in the determination of a regulatory strategy, assess the roles of non-clinical and clinical data in determining regulatory strategy, appraise approaches for integrating strategic business needs into regulatory planning and evaluate the role of post-marketing efforts in shaping regulatory strategy.
Provides a framework for the development and evaluation of the regulatory affairs strategies that support device and diagnostics development. Objectives for this course are to analyze and evaluate the principle components of global regulatory strategy for devices and diagnostics, examine the regulation of medical devices through an epidemiological lens and analyze essential considerations associated with specific classifications or specialty areas of medical devices.
This course sources in the evaluation and assessment of regulatory strategies. Topics include protocol development, study design, post-marketing surveillance, evaluation and assessment of regulatory submissions. Through the framework of clinical trial design, we evaluate and assess strategies for achieving regulatory strategy in clinical development goals. The course introduces students to the planning and conduct of clinical trials. It provides an overview of clinical trials terminology and discusses issues related to clinical trial design. It discusses the components of a clinical trial including considerations regarding planning and carrying out a study. In the course we evaluate alternative clinical trial design options as conduits for achieving regulatory approval.
This course focuses on the analysis and evaluation of regulatory affairs compliance strategies and guidelines. Topics include pre- and post-marketing compliance, labeling, advertising and required reporting. In this course we identify and assess regulatory requirements, policies and guidelines associated with good practice (GXP) regulatory compliance issues. Students are required to critically analyze regulatory compliance issues and to integrate and develop implementation strategies for ensuring regulatory affairs compliance in medical product manufacturing, development, labeling and marketing. Students will need to demonstrate their ability to craft written regulatory communications including root cause analysis and corrective and preventive actions (CAPAs).
Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $980
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $2,940
What's it like to earn this degree online?
- Study on your schedule
- The flexible anytime, anywhere approach to online learning at GW means that you can study and work on assignments when and where it’s convenient for you. Balance your personal and professional commitments. At GW online, you can advance your career without stopping it.
- Personalized learning
- Many of our online programs have a student-instructor ratio that’s lower than on-campus classes, making it easier to interact with fellow students and get personalized attention from your instructors. Plus, you have access to one-on-one tutoring to help ensure your success.
- The prestige of a GW degree
- Now you can earn a GW degree without relocating your life, giving you access to the distinguished connections and opportunities we provide. When you earn a degree from an online program at GW, you earn a degree from the George Washington University. Entrusted with its rights, privileges, and honors, you’ll join the ever-expanding GW alumni community who make the world a better place.
- Connect to campus from anywhere
- GW is your link to leading authorities in policy and health care in Washington, D.C. You’ll be able to research, collaborate, and discuss with classmates and instructors using online learning management systems. Engage with all the resources GW offers, including tutors, the writing center, career services, and libraries—all online.
- A dedicated advisor from day one
- Each GW online student is assigned an academic advisor who will support your journey to graduation. You’ll get help finding resources, guidance on scheduling classes, answers to your questions, and more. As an online learner at GW, you’re never alone.
- Round-the-clock tech support
- A late-night software malfunction won’t keep you from getting your assignment in on time. GW provides 24/7 technical support for our online students, ensuring you have complete access to what you need, when you need it.