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Quality Assurance and Regulatory Science Certificate

Lead quality control and regulatory compliance for your organization.

Mount St. Mary’s University is home to Maryland’s only certificate in quality assurance and regulatory science (QA/RS). The program prepares you to lead your company through the efficient delivery of high-quality products within a competitive market.

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The graduate certificate in quality assurance and regulatory science is part of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. Our goal as a department is to graduate women and men that are uniquely equipped to provide scientific perspective and solutions to the complex problems facing humanity.

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Coursework & Format

You will gain valuable training and knowledge in areas of quality assurance, risk assessment, quality control and regulatory compliance from a global perspective. Courses include:

  • Quality Systems and Regulations
  • Biostatistics
  • International Regulation
  • Quality Management
  • Regulatory Compliance for Biologics and Drugs (elective) or Medical Devices and Combination Products (elective)
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Designed to fit your life.

The QA/RS program is designed for working adults in biotechnology, biopharmaceutical or related industries. The Mount focuses on student success and emphasizes ethics and values.

  • Many students finish in less than a year. Five courses are offered in 8-week sessions, allowing you to focus on one class at a time and finish in less than one year.
  • Attend convenient classes. All classes are offered online.
  • Support from classmates and faculty. A low student-to-faculty ratio allows you to closely connect with your classmates and instructor.

This program is available to be completed fully online asynchronous and/or synchronous.

Combine with a Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management

Learn more about the course sequence for combining the quality assurance and regulatory science post-baccalaureate certificate with the Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management degree.

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Affordability & Financial Aid

Graduate level programs are designed to be taken one course at a time, providing you the flexibility you need to complete the classes at your own pace; with that the program pricing is set by credit hours instead of by the year like traditional undergraduate programs.

  • $10,500 - Estimated total cost of tuition.* No additional fees.
  • Cost is based on 15 credits (five (5) courses) at $700 per credit.

*Tuition represents 2023-24 rates, effective July 1, 2023. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled on at least half-time basis (6-credits per semester) may qualify for financial aid. You may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, or deferment of undergraduate loans. The Mount also has a variety of employer tuition remission or reimbursement agreements with local businesses and community colleges, so you may just get a discount from your employer or previous college. Visit our Graduate Student Financial Aid webpage for more details.

Not sure if you qualify for financial aid? Learn more from our financial aid office.


Admissions & Application

Classes for the certificate begin at various times of the year including January, March, May, July, August and October, so submitting your application four weeks before your expected start date ensures a priority application decision. There is no application fee.

  • Application Deadline: Two weeks prior to the session start date.
  • Classes Begin: January, March, May, July, August and October.
  • Priority Application Deadline: Four weeks prior to the start of the first course.
  • No application fee.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree in science, engineering or a related field. A minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 2.75 is required or five full years of relevant work experience. A complete application includes:

  • Free online application.
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended after high school.
  • Résumé detailing professional experience
  • Additional requirements for international students may be required.

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