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.

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)

At the completion of the program, you will also be prepared to seek Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Apply now! Applications are accepted year-round. If you have questions, complete the inquiry form to connect with a program advisor for more information.

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Format & Details

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. Most classes meet one night per week (6-9:30 p.m.) at our convenient Frederick campus, just minutes from I-70 and I-270.
  • Support from classmates and faculty. A low student to faculty ratio allows you to closely connect with your classmates and instructor.

Affordability

$9,750
Estimated total cost of tuition.* No additional fees.

  • Cost is based on 15 credits (5 courses) at $650 per credit
  • No application fee

Financial Aid
Students may seek financial assistance through federal and state funded programs, private loan providers, employer tuition remission or reimbursement, or deferment of undergraduate loans.

*Tuition represents 2018-19 rates which go into effect July 1, 2018. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Admissions & Application

Entry Point: Year-round
Application Evaluation: Year-round
Application Deadline: 4 weeks prior to start of first course
No application fee

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 5 full years of relevant work experience. A complete application includes:

  • Free online application
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended after high school
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Additional requirements for international students may be required
Send application materials to:

Graduate Programs in Science – QARS
Mount St. Mary’s University
5350 Spectrum Drive
Frederick, MD 21703

Send digital application materials to: mccullough@msmary.edu.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure
While the majority of our students choose to earn a post baccalaureate certificate in addition to a graduate degree, some opt for a stand alone certificate program. For those opting to take only the certificate program additional information is provided and required by the federal government regarding program costs, financing, success rate and related occupations. See the Gainful Employment Disclosure information for the Quality Assurance and Regulatory Science Program.
Format & Details

Format & Details

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. Most classes meet one night per week (6-9:30 p.m.) at our convenient Frederick campus, just minutes from I-70 and I-270.
  • Support from classmates and faculty. A low student to faculty ratio allows you to closely connect with your classmates and instructor.
Affordability

Affordability

$9,750
Estimated total cost of tuition.* No additional fees.

  • Cost is based on 15 credits (5 courses) at $650 per credit
  • No application fee

Financial Aid
Students may seek financial assistance through federal and state funded programs, private loan providers, employer tuition remission or reimbursement, or deferment of undergraduate loans.

*Tuition represents 2018-19 rates which go into effect July 1, 2018. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Admissions & Application

Admissions & Application

Entry Point: Year-round
Application Evaluation: Year-round
Application Deadline: 4 weeks prior to start of first course
No application fee

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 5 full years of relevant work experience. A complete application includes:

  • Free online application
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended after high school
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Additional requirements for international students may be required
Send application materials to:

Graduate Programs in Science – QARS
Mount St. Mary’s University
5350 Spectrum Drive
Frederick, MD 21703

Send digital application materials to: mccullough@msmary.edu.

Apply Here

Gainful Employment Disclosure
While the majority of our students choose to earn a post baccalaureate certificate in addition to a graduate degree, some opt for a stand alone certificate program. For those opting to take only the certificate program additional information is provided and required by the federal government regarding program costs, financing, success rate and related occupations. See the Gainful Employment Disclosure information for the Quality Assurance and Regulatory Science Program.

By the Numbers

Projected Job Growth in Maryland

  • 11% growth in quality inspectors by 2024
  • 16% growth in compliance officers by 2024

Source: Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation