MS in Regulatory Affairs

Admission Requirements

The deadline to apply for Fall is August 1st. The deadline to apply for Spring is November 1st.

Note that applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution.

General graduate admission requirements can be found at the SDSU Office of Admissions website at Application requirements and procedures are also fully described in the SDSU Graduate Division BulletinPlease note that although the Admissions website indicates that applications are not accepted for Spring, our program does accept Spring and Fall applications.

The GRE requirement can now be waived for applicants who meet one of the following criterion:

  • have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 from a U.S. university and 3 yrs. of relevant industry experience
  • have completed three program courses (one of which must be RA 602) with a grade of B or better in each course
  • hold an advanced degree (such as an MBA, MS, MA, Ph.D., JD, etc.) from an institution that is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools. Contact the Graduate Advisor at for more information.

Materials for Graduate Admissions

Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all post-secondary institutions attended should be submitted directly to:

Graduate Admissions
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

  • Students who have completed a degree at SDSU must only submit transcripts for work completed at other institutions since they last attended SDSU.
  • Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript (issued in English or English translation of the transcript) and proof of degree. Please check required documents for your country:

Materials for Regulatory Affairs Department

The following materials should be emailed to or mailed to:

Regulatory Affairs Program
College of Sciences
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA 92182-1010

  1. Two Letters of Recommendation: These letters should come from professors, supervisors or business associates who can discuss knowledgeably your leadership and academic abilities, accomplishments and potential. This form should be used for letters of recommendation. These recommendations should be sent directly from the recommender to the Graduate Advisor.
  2. Applicant Essay: This essay should include a description of your long- and short-term career goals, and the ways in which you believe this degree will help you to achieve them. You will submit this essay as part of your application through Cal State Apply. A copy should also be sent to the Graduate Advisor.
  3. Resume of Work Experience: The resume should be in reverse-chronological order and include job titles, organizations (nature of business), locations, dates of employment, and a summary of duties and responsibilities for each position held. Your resume should be sent to the Regulatory Affairs office (address below). Please also include a link to your profile on LinkedIn.

Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed.

Individuals not admitted or not wishing to be admitted to the degree program may enroll in individual Regulatory Affairs courses through the SDSU College of Extended Studies. Four courses (12 units) taken prior to admission can be transferred into the Master’s degree program.

Non-U.S. Applicants should visit International Students page for additional information and requirements.