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Interview with the George Washington University’s (GW) Graduate Admissions: Online MS in Regulatory Affairs Program

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The admissions team for the George Washington University’s (GW) online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Regulatory Affairs provides tips and admission insights for prospective students.

Who is the ideal candidate for GW’s online Master’s in Regulatory Affairs program?
The master of science in regulatory affairs program at GW is intended for people who currently work in the industry and wish to increase their level of expertise. Since there aren’t many undergraduate degree programs focused on regulatory affairs, many seek the opportunity to gain formal training through a master’s program in order to advance their careers.

Ideally, prospective students have a science-based bachelor’s degree, however, we do make exceptions. They should also have at least a couple of years of experience in the regulatory world, whether it’s in compliance, quality control, working for a government agency or working in the private sector. One commonality among our students is a shared dedication to and passion for the work they do in regulatory affairs.

What are the admission requirements for the program?
To be eligible to apply, a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited school as well as work experience.

The full application portfolio includes: an online application, official transcripts from all schools attended, a resume, two professional letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose (which is an essay about the motivation behind the student’s application) and an application fee.

What qualities and professional skills are necessary to succeed in this field?
Regulatory affairs professionals aim to improve systems across the industry by integrating business into regulatory strategic planning. This requires skills in leadership, critical reasoning, strategic thinking, analysis and quality improvement. As part of the compliance team, they ensure clinical researchers follow all the rules as products, devices and drugs are taken to market. That’s why having a background in science — such as biology, chemistry, health sciences or psychology — is so helpful.

What are some of the professional and personal rewards of a regulatory affairs leader?
While most people in the program are looking to elevate their career by getting promoted into management role, earning a higher salary is not their only motivation. Regulatory affairs is a field in which compliance meets policy and government. Our students want to be innovative change-makers; they hope to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives throughout their regulatory affairs career.

What sets GW’s MSHS in Regulatory Affairs program apart from similar programs?
The MS in Regulatory Affairs is an applied program, so it’s very hands-on; our students have the opportunity to do a lot of project-based work. Strategic leadership is at the heart of our curriculum, so graduates feel prepared to take on more responsibility in the workplace.

Also, the faculty at GW are all experienced regulatory affairs professionals, and most are still active in their field of expertise. They want the students in the program to succeed in both their classes and careers. In addition, students have the opportunity to work with an academic advisor and can benefit by networking with other professionals through GW’s Center for Student Engagement.

Connecting with peers is also one of the most valuable aspects of our program. Students go through the core curriculum with a cohort and develop strong relationships with their peers. What makes the online classroom so unique is that our students bring interdisciplinary perspectives to the program. While some work in compliance, others may work in quality assurance or engineering. The breadth of knowledge and experience from the students really enriches the entire class experience.

Lastly, GW’s regulatory affairs program curriculum was developed in collaboration with an advisory board of professionals working in industry and governmental agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes for Health (NIH).

What are the benefits of an online master’s degree program?
Travel for work is often required of those in the regulatory field. Therefore, it can be difficult to commute to campus each week for class. The online program is ideal for these working professionals and allows for the flexibility and freedom to complete your two-year degree while maintaining personal and professional commitments.

For more information on the George Washington University’s online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Regulatory Affairs, contact an admissions advisor today at (844) 386-7323 or click here to request more information.