Program Overview (online, part-time only)

Offered through the College’s International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences (IBRS) Program, the Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmacy with an area of emphasis in Clinical Trials Management (MS-CTM) will equip you with competencies in scientific, clinical, technical, and practical aspects of medical product development. You will learn how the different functions within the medical industry work to succeed in the regulated environment and gain the knowledge and skills necessary for clinical trial management for studies that evaluate the effectiveness and safety of medications and medical devices. The degree covers theoretical and practical applications, preparing you for careers that make significant contributions to medical science and public health.

When you complete the area of emphasis in Clinical Trials Management, you will have career opportunities in clinical research, clinical operations, clinical monitoring, regulatory affairs, or as faculty in a regulatory sciences or clinical trials program.

The MS-CTM program is completely online and asynchronous, providing you the opportunity to learn as your schedule permits, allowing for in-person commitments such as full-time work or on-campus studies (e.g., Pharm.D, Ph.D.).

Mission Statement

The mission of the UGA International Biomedical Regulatory Sciences Program is to provide graduate-level distance education designed to increase knowledge and develop competencies in regulatory, clinical processes, and government regulations that are critical in helping assure the development, manufacturing, and marketing of safe and effective medical products around the world.

Program Structure

The MS-CTM graduate program is structured to provide you with a strong foundation in regulations, clinical trial design and management, statistics, project management, drug safety, pharmacovigilance, regulatory standards (e.g., Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)), and the role of International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) in drug development and global registration requirements for clinical trials.  You will develop and strengthen competencies in critical and strategic thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills to be successful in the medical industry through course assignments (e.g., FDA meeting preparation, clinical protocol development), project presentations (e.g., recorded video or live presentations) and online discussion forums (e.g., peer-to-peer interactions). Graduates of this program are prepared to lead and manage clinical research projects in various settings, including pharmaceutical companies, academic and research institutions, and government agencies.

Curriculum & Coursework

The MS-CTM degree is comprised of at least 33 credit hours of coursework.

Core Classes:

  • PHAR 7100E: Biostatistical Applications for the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries
  • PHAR 6010E: Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Device Industries
  • PHAR 6030E: Current Good Manufacturing Practices
  • PHAR 6140E: Overview of Drug Safety Throughout Medical Product Lifecycle
  • PHAR 6200E: Clinical Trials Design and Monitoring
  • PHAR 6310E: Good Clinical Practice Regulations for Drugs, Biologic Products, and Medical Devices
  • PHAR 6950E: Master’s Seminar in Regulatory Affairs
  • PHRM 7230E: Ethical Issues in Research

Elective Courses (choose at least one):

  • PHAR 6020E: Food and Drug Law
  • PHAR 6130E: US Marketing Applications for New Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices
  • PHAR 6340E: European Pharmaceutical and Biologics Regulatory Sciences
Learn More & Apply

To learn about admissions, application deadlines, cost, program faculty, and more, please visit UGA’s Online Learning webpage for the MS-CTM program.


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