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Lab Science Degree Focuses on Quality, Regulatory Standards

May 31, 2006

CHICAGO --- The Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies (SCS) has launched a new graduate program, the Master of Science in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Science (MQARS).

Offered in partnership with the department of chemistry, the program will prepare laboratory scientists to construct and implement efficient quality systems that adhere to risk management and regulatory standards. The MQARS curriculum combines valuable leadership and communication skills with applied science and project management This professional degree is ideal for scientists and quality affairs professionals practicing in the pharmaceutical, food and biotechnology industries, as well as scientists with undergraduate or graduate degrees in the life sciences intending to pursue a career in regulatory affairs. 

The pharmaceutical, food, and biotechnology industries face intense pressure to create products that meet consumer quality demands and FDA, and global regulations. A faculty consisting of University faculty and specialists from FDA-regulated companies will instruct a 10-course curriculum designed to bridge instruction in the life sciences with the demands of industry. Highlights of the program include a leadership series and a capstone project that combine theoretical and applied approaches in a cross-industry fashion. SCS will also offer a five-course Professional Graduate Series Certificate that consists of core classes and electives. Courses begin in September.

“Life scientists are in the unique position that the quality of their work, when used for the good of mankind, will be the difference between suffering or relief, life or death for many people over many, many years,” said Neal Siegel, chief scientist of Sword Diagnostic and an MQARS board member.

The School of Continuing Studies at Northwestern University offers working adults the opportunity to continue their education through flexible evening programs. Additional graduate program offerings are available in liberal studies, literature, creative writing, computer information systems, medical informatics, sports administration and public policy administration. Information is available at www.scs.northwestern.edu regarding programs and schedules for graduate and undergraduate degree and professional development programs.

(For more information, contact Cary Nathenson, assistant dean of graduate programs at (847) 491-4340)

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