18 months
840 USD/credit 16800 USD/year
840 USD/credit 16800 USD/year
840 USD/credit 16800 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs program from Northeastern University is designed to produce graduates who are highly qualified to manage global regulatory process for companies innovating and developing cutting-edge products in healthcare and food safety.

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The ongoing global convergence of regulatory science, technology-driven regulatory decision making, formation of public policies, and ever-changing regulations are driving demand for regulatory affairs professionals who can help companies effectively bring highly regulated products to market. To prepare you to effectively manage regulatory activities, Northeastern University ’s College of Professional Studies offers the Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs program from Northeastern University. This unique graduate degree is designed to deepen your understanding of the global compliance requirements for the development, marketing approval, and utilization of highly regulated products, including food, drugs, biologics, and medical devices.

Program Objectives

Successful completion of the MS-RA Program will enable students to:

  • Gain the technical knowledge and skills required to enable stakeholders to navigate an increasingly complex global regulatory environment.
  • Acquire the professional foundations necessary to work within a variety of fields, including medical product development, pharmaceutical sales, strategic marketing, clinical research, and food safety.
  • Manage the product life cycles of biopharmaceutical and medical devices from conception through launch to obsolescence.
  • Refine your understanding of the laws and standards that govern the development, manufacturing, and commercial distribution of drugs, biologics, medical devices, and food safety.
  • Analyze how emerging developments and trends are reshaping global biomedical product commercialization regulations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Regulatory Compliance and Practice
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Law: Topics and Cases
  • Legal Issues in International Food, Drug, and Medical Device Regulation  
  • Safety Sciences
  • Regulatory Strategy for Product Development and Life-Cycle Management
  • Human Experimentation: Methodological Issues Fundamentals

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application 
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identify your educational goals and expectations from the program.  
  • Professional resumé: Current resumé that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation reflecting a degree in pharmacy, biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, nursing, physical therapy, health law, or health policy
    • Two or three years of work experience in the field can be substituted if an applicant holds a degree in an area other than pharmacy or life sciences
  • Proof of English language proficiency: Only for students for whom English is not their primary language 
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (official transcripts required at the time of admission)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 840 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • National

    16800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 840 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • In-State

    16800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 840 USD per credit during 18 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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