Biotechnology Quality & Regulatory Compliance Graduate Certificate (Online)


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Why should I choose Purdue?
The curriculum is designed to provide management techniques in the various subject material, giving you the tools to operate at a higher level. Purdue is a tier-one research university so as you do your research assignments in the various courses, you can "steer" the research topics towards your future goal. Obviously, it will increase your knowledge in that particular area, but the papers will also show future (and current) employers your expertise and dedication in that area.


Is this certificate accredited?
There are two types of accreditation, institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditors, often referred to as "regional" accreditors, examine a college or university as a whole. Purdue University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA) since 1913. Our most recent accreditation visit was in October of 2019.

The HLC's new Open Pathway for maintaining accreditation seeks to offer greater value to institutions by focusing on both an assurance of quality and an engagement in continuous improvement. Two Assurance Reviews will take place in the ten-year cycle. One in Year 4 through an online reporting system and one in Year 10 that couples the online assurance report with a campus visit. In addition, our campus will complete a Quality Initiative between Years 5 and 9 focused on institutional innovation and improvement suited to our needs and circumstances.


How are the courses delivered?
As a Purdue graduate student you will be taking classes in an online environment. Instructors provide the material, lectures, tests and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Your lectures are not time restricted, meaning you don't need to be logged in to preview your course material at a specific time.

All of your course activities, assignments, and exams must be completed by their respective due dates. You will need to view course lectures regularly to keep current. The typical length of our courses are 16-weeks each spring and fall semesters and 12-weeks in the summer. 


What computer requirements are needed to take an online course?
Only internet access is needed. Any additional special software needed is provided to you once you are a Purdue student. These include Minitab, Matlab, Adobe Products, etc. Additional resources are also available.


How will I be graded?
Students are graded based on their performance in class. The courses we offer online will have various methods for grading depending on the specific requirements for a given class. Students can expect to experience any combination of homework, graded exam, final project, group work or graded reports. Purdue Grading Scale‚Äč


How many hours per week should I expect to dedicate to a course?
Plan to spend 8-11 hours per week of study time for each 3 credit-hour course. However, some courses won’t require as much of your time, and others may require more.


How long will it take me to obtain a graduate certificate?
You can complete the certificate in 18 months by taking one course per semester. We will be glad to advise and keep you on track to meet your goals. The Plan of Study outlines the required courses as well as when each course is offered. 


Do students in the program work full-time? How manageable is it to juggle family, career, and education?
This program is designed for the full-time working professional student. The majority of students enrolled in the program are full-time employees and full-time students. We realize that professional students juggle many responsibilities. Our program allows students flexibility in registering for courses. Currently, we have students attending full-time; students taking a mixture of one or two courses; and students that fluctuate between full-time and part-time depending on their schedules.


Are letters of recommendation and statement of purpose essay required for graduate certificate admission?
No, to apply, only a submitted/paid application, a resume, and your official transcripts from every institution attended is needed if you had an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.


Can I transfer the 12 credit-hours earned in the certificate to the MS in Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science?
Yes, the 12 credit-hours earned in the certificate can transfer into the MS in Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science. You must earn a B or better in your certificate courses. You will have to complete an application portfolio for the MS, which would be separate from the certificate application portfolio.


What if I don’t have a GPA of 3.0 in my Baccalaureate, should I still apply?
Yes, we ask that you let us know so we can determine the best course of action. We understand that you’ve built a successful career as a professional and there may have been special circumstances that affected your GPA. The Admissions Committee may suggest you be admitted conditionally and we will explain any additional requirements you may need to meet. Your Statement of Purpose Essay is a great place to address any special circumstances surrounding your Baccalaureate GPA, such as a low GPA, and how you plan to convert these experiences into success as a graduate student.


What are the admission term application deadlines?
We have recommended deadlines for each term. We will work with you past the preferred deadline, but we ask you to keep us updated with your status. Contact Us

  • Fall - July 1
  • Spring - November 1
  • Summer - May 1


What happens after I apply?
The admission process starts when all admission requirements have been met. The process may take up to 1-2 weeks, depending on how many applicants are applying.

  • Step 1 - Screening: confirming all minimum admission requirements are successfully met
  • Step 2 - First Pass: first round of reviews with our department (includes a phone interview)
  • Step 3 - Second Pass: remaining department faculty member determines and shares recommendation status to the Graduate School
  • Step 4 - Final Recommendation: Graduate School reviews admission materials and determines admission status
  • Step 5 - Decision: admission of recommendation determined and shared with the applicant

We will also be with you every step of the way


Textbooks and supplemental resources vary per course and instructor. Students utilize Purdue Libraries for most of the material.

Additional Information

Do you assist with job placement?
We work with the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) for any career related services.


What academic resources are available to online students?
The same academic resources are available to both the online and on-campus Purdue students.