M.S. in Regulatory Science

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Medical Device regulatory professionals make a difference in people's lives. These are the men and women who navigate the government's laws and regulations to bring life-saving and life-enhancing technology to patients. Chances are you know someone whose quality of life has been enhanced due to a medical device. If you are looking for a satisfying, high-paying, in-demand position in this high-growth field, then Regulatory Science may be a great choice for you.

* International students: The M.S. in Regulatory Science is a STEM-designated and approved master's degree program.

Students in this program will learn how to interpret and apply a very broad array of current regulatory requirements for medical devices and combination products.   They will also acquire skills allowing them to implement future changes in regulations, guidance documents and standards.  Students are encouraged to select courses, projects and presentations throughout their program that will best serve their professional interests.  

Classes are taught evenings and weekends, by knowledgeable and experienced working professionals from the Twin Cities area medical device industry. 

The Master of Science degree in Regulatory Science is a 33-credit program.  Pre-approved electives are available through the School of Engineering or through the many other University of St. Thomas schools and colleges.

Scholarship Information:

This fall 2020, the University of St. Thomas’ School of Engineering will offer up to five (5) $3,000 scholarships to recognize outstanding graduate students and to help support their financial commitments involved in pursuing the Master of Science in Regulatory Science degree at the University of St. Thomas. We are able to offer these scholarships with the generous support of our medical device industry partners.

Each scholarship awardee will receive $1,500 per semester in the fall and spring terms respectively for a total award of $3,000. Awards are non-renewable, but applicants and awardees may re-apply for the scholarships in subsequent years.  


  • Scholarship applicants must be admitted and enrolled in either the St. Thomas Master of Science in Regulatory Science program or the Graduate Certificate in Medical Device Development program in fall 2020 and plan to continue in their program in spring 2021.

  • All eligibility requirements must be met prior to submitting a scholarship application.


  • Scholarship applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year must complete and email all scholarship application documents to Mike Winegar, MS in Regulatory Science Program Director at wine7598@stthomas.edu by August 21st, 2020.

  • Scholarship applicants must currently be employed or intend to seek employment in the medical device or affiliated field.

Application Process:

Students who have met the scholarship eligibility requirements listed above are invited to submit the items required in the application.

You must send all of the following required application items in one email to Mike Winegar at wine7598@stthomas.edu  to complete your application:

  • Subject line of email should state “St. Thomas Regulatory Science Dean’s Scholarship

  • Include your full name, St. Thomas email address, St. Thomas ID number, and name of current employer (if applicable) in your email

  • Attach an updated resume (.docx or .pdf file)

  • Attach a written statement (up to 300 words) that demonstrates how your participation in the St. Thomas Regulatory Science program (or Medical Device Development program) is helping you to achieve your goals. Include your motivations and any past accomplishments as they relate to employment in the medical device industry. (.docx or .pdf file)

Important Dates:

  • August 21st, 2020
    Deadline to submit application email to Mike Winegar, including your contact information, resume and written statement.

  • August 28th, 2020
    Scholarship recipients will be notified via email.

  • September 6th, 2020
    Deadline for acceptance of scholarship.

For further information, please contact:

Michael Winegar
St. Thomas Regulatory Science Program Director

Three great reasons to choose a Regulatory career:

  1. Growth: The health technology industry is projected to continue growing at 4 - 5% per year in the medical device field.*
  2. Opportunity: Indeed.com currently lists over 2,400 jobs in Minnesota under the heading Medical Devices - Minnesota. Medtronic, Boston Scientific, and Abbott have a total of over 400 job listings alone.
  3. Salary: The following are average salaries for the medical device regulatory affairs personnel.**

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* "2018 Health Technology Market Projections: Navigating the Talent Crisis," Talencio, 2018."

** "Scope of Practice & Compensation Report for the Regulatory Profession," Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, 2016.

In response to COVID-19, the University of St. Thomas has made prudent decisions to act on the advice of state and medical professionals.  The format for fall 2021 will be in-person, hybrid or live online, with faculty ready to pivot to have all classes fully online if needed. The classes are still being held during their normal time on weeknights and Saturdays. 

We are happy to help you in every way possible on your journey to apply, register, and start classes. Each of our classes meet once a week or every other Saturday. 

Our staff and faculty are ready to assist you with your questions so e-mail us at gradengineering@stthomas.eduThat is why we are here.   

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent). 

  2. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7 out of 4.0. (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.7 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.)

To complete the requirements for the Master of Science with a major in Regulatory Science, students must successfully complete 33 graduate semester credits and maintain a GPA of at least 2.7.

Students must complete 27 core credits (9 required courses) from Engineering and an additional 6 elective credits from either the School of Engineering graduate course curriculum, Graduate Business classes listed below or other graduate St. Thomas program subject to Faculty Advisor approval.

MS Degree in Regulatory Science Program Requirements for catalogs prior to fall 2020.

Courses listed are three credits each unless otherwise noted.

ETLS = Graduate Engineering Courses
BCOM = Graduate Business Communications Courses
SEIS = Graduate Software Engineering Courses

All nine courses are required [27 credits]:

ETLS 520 Design and Manufacturing in Medical Device Industry
ETLS 660 Engineering Leadership
ETLS 721 Medical Device Regulatory Submission
ETLS 722 FDA Medical Device Quality Systems
ETLS 724 Medical Device Clinical Studies
ETLS 731 Combination Products, Drugs and Biologics
ETLS 735 Preclinical Activities
ETLS 737 International Regulatory Affairs for Medical Devices
ETLS 880 Regulatory Science Project

Select elective courses [6 credits] from the Regulatory Science curriculum or any other St. Thomas graduate course list (provided you have the prerequisites met and your faculty advisor has given approval).

Preferred Regulatory Science electives:

ETLS 601 Program/Project/Team Management
ETLS 720 Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Devices
ETLS 734 Clinical Evidence and Reimbursement

Other Popular Regulatory Science electives include:

ETLS 501 Production Operating Systems
ETLS 502 Manufacturing Processes
ETLS 571 Automation in the US and Overseas
ETLS 671 Human Aspects of Technical Management
ETLS 771 Materials Engineering

BCOM 535 Persuasion
BCOM 543 Team Skills and Group Processes
BCOM 551 Presentational Speaking
BCOM 640 Technical Writing

SEIS 605 Technical Communications

While there are no prerequisites for any required core course, it is recommended that students take ETLS 721 early in their Program.  Doing so provides helpful background information to better understand lecture topics in other required courses.

As some classes are only offered bi-annually, please meet with your advisor for the Regulatory Science program, Mr. Michael Winegar, early in your program to determine the best class sequence.  

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