Non-Degree Admission Guideline

Non-degree Graduate Admission - Advanced Special Student status

Professionals who wish to participate in CERSI educational opportunities at the University of Maryland on a per course basis should complete the application for Advanced Special Student status with the Graduate School.  The Common Web Application (CWA) and $75 application fee will be required. The Application Supplemental Form (ASF) is NOT required for Advanced Special Students.
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In addition, the Graduate School requires an official transcript showing a bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited institution AND one (1) of the following admissions criteria:

  • A cumulative 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) grade point average for work done at the undergraduate level; OR
  • A master’s, doctoral, or a post-baccalaureate professional degree (M.D., J.D., D.V.M., etc.) from a regionally accredited institution; OR
  • A score that places the applicant in the upper 50th percentile of an appropriate national standardized aptitude examination such as the GRE, GMAT, or Miller Analogies Test ;  OR
  • A letter of support from the Graduate Director of the degree program in which the applicant plans to take a course.

Advanced Special Student applicants interested in establishing Maryland Residency should complete the Residency Classification Form; by default, all Advanced Special Students who do not complete this form will be charged out-of-state tuition. See Information on Residency Classification, including requirements for Maryland Residency.


The application for Advanced Special Student status should be submitted two to four weeks prior to first day of classes for the semester in which you plan to attend.

View the University’s Academic Calendar, listing when each term begins.

Spring 2016 Courses

Once non-degree admission is approved, students should set up their UM Directory ID. Then, using the UM Directory ID to log-in, students may register on Testudo.

Advanced Special Students are welcome to take courses offered by any department or program; however, some courses may require registration permission from the department.  Please contact Ms. Ann Anonsen, CERSI Reserach Coordinator, for registration questions or assistance. 

Graduate Program: Graduate Courses in Bioengineering

For a complete overview of all graduate degree requirements, including credits, transfer credits, courses, research aptitude exams, oral defenses, dissertations and theses, typical timeline/program, and advisor selection, please

Schedules of classes and course descriptions can also be found at:

Regulatory Program overview:

Four courses (3 credits each)
To be completed online or at the University of Maryland campus in College Park, Maryland.

What is Regulatory Science?

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), regulatory science is the science of developing new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance of FDA-regulated products.

Who Should Enroll?

  • Recent Bioengineering graduates
  • Working professionals with Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees who now work in― or would like to work in― regulatory science at government agencies or in industry
  • Scientists in research or development


Prospective students should hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, or a comparable technical degree. Current Clark School students can enroll in any of the available Regulatory Science and Engineering courses to supplement their studies without enrolling in the certificate program.

Why enroll?

Now, more than ever before, medical device companies, government agencies, and pharmaceutical manufacturers seek candidates with an in-depth knowledge of the ever-changing and even more complex regulatory climate in which they operate.

To address this demand, the University of Maryland’s Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI) has launched the Graduate Certificate (GCEN) in Regulatory Science and engineering program, which covers topics in device and drug regulation, statistical analysis required for Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated clinical trials, legal issues, device classification, medical device reporting and more.

Students in the GCEN Regulatory Science and Engineering program will complete three core courses (Introduction to Regulatory Affairs: Devices and Drugs, Clinical Study Data Analysis, and Regulatory Law—Medical Devices), and one elective from Bioengineering, Statistics, or another focus area within the Clark School.

For Questions about the Graduate Program in Bioengineering

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Tuition and Fees

2015-2016 Tuition and Fees
Tuition for Maryland resident: $632 per credit ($1896 per course)
Tuition for non-resident: $1363 per credit ($4089 per course)
Student fees: $422.71 (for up to 8 credits)

For a complete list of all the Fees, please click here

Tuition and fees for classes taken online may vary. 

For questions regarding residency, please contact the Residency Classification Office.

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