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MS in Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy (RAHP) Program

Program Overview

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If you hold a bachelor’s degree and have considered working in product management or quality control for the government or the drug industry, the Master of Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy program at MCPHS Online might be for you. Since 1999, MCPHS University has offered academic training in the regulation of drugs, devices and biologics, law, marketing and health policy. In fact, our knowledgeable faculty and staff wrote the book on regulatory affairs—twice!

Innovative Programs

Our program can be completed in fewer than two years. Choose MCPHS Univeristy, and you will:

  • Learn from experienced, dedicated faculty, in small classes, where you and your career matter. You will be taught by executives with experience in drugs, devices and biologics and healthcare and policy
  • Join a substantial network of alumni who work in industry (manufacturers as well as CROs), government (including FDA), and world-renowned healthcare organizations
  • Access cutting edge information, using library resources developed by dedicated personnel with one of the largest medical product libraries in the country

Plot Your Own Course

In the Master of Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy program, you now have the freedom to choose between a thesis and a non-thesis option. Students who wish to pursue the non-thesis option will enroll in DRA814 Capstone course and be asked to conduct a research project pertinent to their field, work or area of interest. Using skills you have learned from the course, including the process of scientific writing a peer-reviewed journal article, you will create and present an abstract, a paper, and a poster at the conclusion of the course.

Careers

Graduates of our MS program work in federal or state regulatory agencies, clinical research organizations, managed care, or other health related fields where knowledge of the regulatory and legal environment is required.

Our program is ideal for those interested in pursuing careers in regulatory affairs, product management, marketing, quality assurance and control, and manufacturing.

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Prerequisite Requirements

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Experience, interest or current employment in a research field
  • A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 (internet-based), 213 (computer-based) or 550 (written) for all candidates for whom English is not their primary language

Curriculum

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DRA802 Law and Health Policy of Drugs and Devices
3
DRA804 FDA and Regulatory Affairs 
3
DRA815 International Regulatory Affairs
3
DRA807 Statistics in Clinical Research
3
DRA808 Laws and Regulations Governing Human Research
3
DRA809 Health Epidemiology
3
DRA810 Case Study Thesis OR
3
DRA814 Data Analysis & Presentation Capabilities in Regulatory Affairs (Capstone)  
DR812 Advanced Topics in Regulatory Affairs 3
  Electives (Choose 2 from below.)
6
  Total Semester Credit Hours
30

Elective Courses

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
DRA806 Health Economics
3
DRA811 Health Policy Development and Analysis
3
PEP802 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy 3
DRA816 Principles of Quality Assurance & Control
3
DRA817 Development and Production of Medical Devices
3

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in all graduate degree programs at MCPHS Online during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $850/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $2550. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Next Steps

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for spring 2014, complete The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You do not need to be accepted at the University in order to apply.

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for fall 2014, please complete the FAFSA after January 1, 2014.

Admission

Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete. We review all files on a "rolling basis" and will make a decision once all application materials are received.

Priority Filing Date

The priority filing date for this program is June 1 each year for a fall semester start and November 15 for a spring semester start. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled.

Additional Links

Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.

Questions?

Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS University has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS University College Catalog on the MCPHS University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

   

I completed a graduate certificate in Regulatory Affairs. Can I apply this toward the master’s degree?

Students who have completed a graduate certificate in Regulatory Affairs or in Health Policy may apply their credits toward the master’s degree program. Each certificate program consists of three courses for a total of nine credits.

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