New Professional Masters in Regulatory Science Program: Northeastern University offers first PSM in specialty nationwide

April 23, 2010

Overview: The Council of Graduate Schools officially approved the addition of a PSM in Regulatory Science to the Biotechnology Professional Science Program at Northeastern University. NU now has a total of four PSM Programs, two in Bioinformatics, one in Marine Biology, and the new Regulatory Science track.  The trustees of NU approved this in December 2009. The new program is accepting students for fall 2010.

What: Regulatory science covers the scientific and technological basis for production, regulatory approval, and subsequent monitoring of biopharmaceutical substances. This discipline is distinct from regulatory affairs which focus on development and enforcement of regulations through clearly defined administrative protocols. Regulatory science has a strong emphasis on production further distinguishing the program from career paths like research and development that support drug discovery and development.

Where: Northeastern University Biotechnology Programs Boston, MA

When: Fall 2010

Why: There is currently no Master of Professional Science program offered in the U.S. for regulatory science. Boston is recognized as the premier location for the biotechnology industry. The program offers a very strong laboratory component and coop opportunity to prepare graduates for highly valued positions in biotech, pharmaceutical industries or government agencies such as the FDA.

Who: Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, chemical or biochemical engineering, pharmaceutical science, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university.

Program Contact: Cynthia Bainton, Administrative Coordinator 617-373-2627, or

Thomas Gilbert, Academic Director, Biotechnology Programs 617-373-4505,



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