Oct 02, 2023  
2022/2023 University Catalog 
2022/2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Regulatory Affairs

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Administered by the Center for Regulatory Science in the College of Sciences

OFFICE: Geology/Mathematics/Computer Science 619
TELEPHONE: 619-594-6030 / FAX: 619-594-6381
E-MAIL: regsci@sdsu.edu
WEBSITE: http://regsci.sdsu.edu


Interim Director: Interlando, J. Carmelo, Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs, College of Sciences; Professor of Mathematics (B.S., Ph.D., University of Campinas, Brazil; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame)

Graduate Adviser: Dowdy, Lisa C., Associate Director, Center for Regulatory Science (B.S., University of California, Irvine; M.B.A., University of California, Irvine)

Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty:

Bekins, Linn K., Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies (B.A., University of San Diego; M.A., University of British Columbia, Canada; Ph.D., University of Utah)


Ajit-Simh, K.A., M.S., Regulatory Affairs

Bodie, Lorah, Ed.D., Regulatory Affairs

Harris, Scott, M.S., Regulatory Affairs

King, Bernard D., M.D., Regulatory Affairs

Maitra, Gautam, M.S., Regulatory Affairs

Schafer, Norma, M.S., Regulatory Affairs

Sharikova, Yekaterina, M.S., Regulatory Affairs

Tomlin, Rita, M.A., Regulatory Affairs

Walker, Kim, M.S., Regulatory Affairs

Wilhelm, Mary, M.S., Regulatory Affairs


Vik, Gretchen N., Ph.D., 1975-2009, Professor of Information and Decision Systems

Moellendorf, Darrel, Ph.D., 2002-2013, Professor of Philosophy; Director of the SDSU Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs; currently Professor of International Political Theory, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

General Information

Regulatory Affairs Master of Science degree and Advanced Certificate programs focus on training students in areas related to the development, manufacturing, and marketing of biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and medical device products. Programs address research and workforce needs of companies as they make the transition from research and development to manufacturing and production, including the legal, ethical, and regulatory elements that both guide and restrict the industry.

The courses for these programs are offered fully online by the College of Sciences in special sessions, in partnership with SDSU Global Campus. Since the programs are self-supporting, the fee structure for courses is different than for courses in programs that are supported with state funding. Note that students can take Regulatory Affairs courses for professional development without applying to the University. For more information on degree program admissions, courses, requirements, and fees visit http://regsci.sdsu.edu.

Master of Science Degree in Regulatory Affairs

(Offered by the College of Sciences, in partnership with SDSU Global Campus)

The Master of Science degree in Regulatory Affairs provides the comprehensive background in regulatory science along with the additional training and experience required of regulatory affairs professionals to competently address U.S. and international regulatory requirements for pharmaceutical, biologic, and medical device products. Courses focus on practical applications and approaches for compliance with development, testing, manufacturing and post-marketing surveillance laws and guidances enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its international counterparts.

Additional courses provide students with the communication and management skills essential to the successful regulatory affairs professional. The degree program will provide students with broad-based knowledge and understanding of current regulations and their application to the development and commercialization of drug, biologics, and medical devices.

Advanced Certificate Degree in Regulatory Affairs

(Offered by the College of Sciences, in partnership with SDSU Global Campus)

The Advanced Certificate in Regulatory Affairs is a four-course subset of the Master’s Degree Program that provides foundational knowledge in the regulatory field. All four courses are transferable to the Master’s Degree.

Admission to Graduate Study

Applicants to both the Master of Science degree and Advanced Certificate in Regulatory Affairs must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the university with classified graduate standing, as described in Admission and Registration . In addition, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements before being considered for admission to classified graduate standing by the admissions review committee of the department.

Students applying for admission should electronically submit the university application available at http://www.calstate.edu/apply along with the application fee.

Official transcripts should be ordered from all post-secondary institutions attended and sent electronically to transcriptsforsdsu@sdsu.edu. Any institutions that are not able to send electronic transcripts should mail them in sealed envelopes to the Graduate Admissions address listed below. 

Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance. Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Regulatory Affairs

Students applying to the Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs Degree program must also submit the following supplemental documents to  regsci@sdsu.edu or mail them to:

Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs
Director of Regulatory Affairs Programs
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1010

  1. Two letters of recommendation sent from persons who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s potential for success in graduate study;
  2. Applicant essay that describes the applicant’s purpose in pursuing graduate studies in regulatory affairs in relationship to personal and career objectives;
  3. Curriculum vitae or resume listing employment or volunteer experience relevant to the proposed new degree major program;
  4. English language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.), if the medium of academic instruction was in a language other than English (http://www.ets.org SDSU institution code 4682).

Candidates for admission will typically come from one of the disciplines in the life and physical sciences and engineering. In some cases, candidates who have not fully met admissions requirements may be admitted with conditionally classified standing, subject to space availability, after consideration of those who meet the requirements for classified graduate standing. Students so admitted will be advised as to the conditions of their admittance and the time allowed to achieve full classified graduate standing.


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