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Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs Advanced Certificate


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(SIMS Code: 779903)

Admission currently suspended for the Advanced Certificate in Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs.

The Advanced Certificate in Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs is a joint certificate program designed for life science professionals who have no formal legal training and whose research or work responsibilities or ambition would benefit from knowledge of regulatory affairs and intellectual property law. Ideal candidates include working professionals with a minimum of two years of experience in the biotechnology, medical technology, or related life sciences industries, who will benefit from learning the fundamentals of intellectual property and regulatory law but who do not wish to become attorneys. The certificate program provides flexibility to design an individualized plan of study from designated course offerings from SDSU’s College of Sciences and the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law to best enhance each candidate’s professional development. Candidates will take courses at SDSU and the law school, designing individual plans from a broad list of existing courses. Regulatory Affairs courses in the advanced certificate may be applied to the Master of Science degree in regulatory affairs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution.

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

All applicants must submit admissions materials separately to SDSU Graduate Admissions and to the Regulatory Affairs office.

Graduate Admissions

The following materials should be submitted directly to:

Graduate Admissions
Enrollment Services
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

  1. Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all postsecondary institutions attended;
    • 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

The following materials should be mailed or delivered to:

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

  1. Official transcripts for all university and colleges attended (undergraduate and graduate);
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume, demonstrating a minimum of two years of professional experience in the biotechnology, medical technology, or related life science industries;
  3. Personal statement detailing the applicant’s interest in and qualification for the program;
  4. One or more letters of recommendation.

Specific Requirements


The certificate candidate must earn a cumulative grade point average of B (3.0) or better and earn a passing grade in all courses. Certificate candidate must also meet all credit, course, grade point average, and other academic requirements to be eligible for conferral of the certificate.

A maximum of nine units may be transferred to a master’s degree program with consent of the graduate adviser and Dean of Graduate Affairs, when applicable.

To receive the certificate, candidates must successfully complete the following courses (minimum of 13 credits/units) and earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better.

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