Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Graduate Program of Temple University School of Pharmacy

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Applying to MS in RA and QA - International Students

BEFORE STARTING YOUR APPLICATION - Contact Ms. Jean Westbrook at 267-468-8559 or qara2@temple.edu.

If you apply too early, submit wrong forms, or use inconsistent names on your application, you may have to pay for two application fees and two WES reports. Please call our office first for important information on how to proceed.

ELIGIBILITY

The GRE exam is not required for admission.

1. All applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in the sciences. Temple must have formal proof that your undergraduate degree was received. Do not apply, if you have not yet finished your undergraduate degree.

2. All applicants must have a GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in any earned academic degree (bachelor's, master's, or doctoral programs) as shown on a course-by-course WES or ECE evaluation.

Applicants who did not attain a 3.0 GPA may seek admittance by taking three RAQA courses before applying and earning a B+ or higher in all three courses.  One of the courses must be Food and Drug Law (5592).

3. The TOEFL is required (minimum score of 85 IBT). The IELTS is also accepted (minimum score of 6.5).

4. Contact Ms. Jean Westbrook to determine your eligibility to apply (267.468.8559 or QARA2@temple.edu). Please have photo copies of your course-by-course WES and TOEFL scores available.

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DEADLINES - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Admission for Fall Semester:  Complete Applications of students living outside the U.S. must be received by April 30. Complete Applications of students living in the U.S. must be received by July 1.

Admission for Spring Semester: Complete Applications of students living outside the U.S. must be received by September 1. Complete Applications of students living inside the U.S. must be received by November 1.

Admission for Summer Semester: Complete Applications of students living outside the U.S. must be received by January 15. Complete Applications of students living inside the U.S. must be received by March 1.

These deadlines provide students with sufficient time to obtain visas for study in the U.S.

BEFORE APPLYING

The correct address for submitting application materials for the MS in RAQA is:

Temple University School of Pharmacy - attn. Ms. Jean Westbrook
Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Graduate Program
425 Commerce Drive, Suite 175
Fort Washington, PA 19034, U.S.A.

If you have used different names in school records (i.e., a maiden name at an undergraduate school), you must include a letter indicating all names (and spellings) you have used.

Before submitting any application materials, please contact Ms. Westbrook to discuss your eligibility for the RAQA MS program. If you are eligible to apply, you do not need to send all application materials together; however, we cannot open a file for you until you send the application form and application fee. Start your application with these two items.

Questions regarding your application file should be directed to:
  Jean Westbrook  267.468.8559   qara2@temple.edu or Sophon Din 215.707.4849 tuspgrad@temple.edu

Questions regarding your acceptance to the MS in RAQA should be directed to:
  Graduate Studies Office  215.707.4972    tuspgrad@temple.edu

APPLICATION PROCESS

The complete application consists of:

1. The Application Form and application fee ($75.00). The fee is payable by check made out to Temple University. You may also apply online, paying the application with a credit card.

2. A signed copy of your current resume or CV.

3. A statement of your professional goals and objectives.

4. TOEFL (Testing of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS.

Applicants to the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program must be fluent in written and spoken English. RAQA students make oral presentations and write papers in their graduate courses. The pharmaceutical industry uses a specialized regulatory language which contains acronyms and unique terminology. Industry regulatory and quality positions require strong written and oral language skills.

TOEFL scores should be sent to Temple University, Code 2906.

If you have not achieved the minimum TOEFL score, your application will not be considered. There are no exceptions. Even if you have reached the minimum TOEFL score, you may still be required to participate in a live interview with the Temple administration as part of your application. A minimum of 6.5 is required for the IELTS. The TOEFL is preferred.

Exceptions for submitting the TOEFL are permitted only if: 1) the student has earned a degree in an English-speaking country; 2) the student has completed a degree from an accredited school in the United States. Individual courses, certificates, or portions of a degree program will not be considered. There are no other exceptions.

5. Course-by-course evaluations by WES of any transcripts earned outside of the U.S.

Please do not apply until you have received your undergraduate degree. If you apply before you receive your undergraduate degree, your application will be rejected.

Using WES (a Credential Evaluation Service) facilitates the application process. The process takes approximately one week and costs close to $200. WES results may also be used for other purposes in the U.S., such as verification for employers. 

WES evaluations must be original, unopened documents that are sent directly to Temple University and say "Control Examination." Photocopies or opened originals are not accepted.

When ordering the evaluation from WES, please stipulate that you need:

               1) a full report showing all courses taken;
               2) the GPA equivalent for the courses taken; and
               3) the degree equivalent in the U.S.

All of this information is needed, since your credentials must demonstrate that you earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, and you earned the equivalent of a U.S. GPA of 3.0.

Temple accepts transcript evaluations only from agencies listed by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org), including ECE.

Temple University offers foreign credentials evaluation service on a limited basis from mid-January through April. The process takes several months. If you plan to use Temple's foreign credentials evaluation service, submit your application at least 90 days before the stated deadlines.

6. Official transcripts from any undergraduate or graduate schools you may have attended in the U.S. (if applicable).

7. An official hard copy transcript from Temple University for any RAQA courses you have taken (if applicable). 

8. Two letters of recommendation. 

Once accepted into the MS in RAQA, international students are responsible for paying additional fees. For the current list, see Office of International Student and Scholar Services (click Future Students, then Fees and Tuition.) There is also a one-time matriculation fee.

PROCESS FOR APPLICATION REVIEW

Once you have finished submitting all materials for your application, contact Jean Westbrook (267.468.8559 or qara2@temple.edu) to verify that your file is complete. 

The Admissions Committee will only review complete applications. The review takes a minimum of 6 weeks.

If you do not complete your application by the stated deadlines, you must request that your application be rolled over for consideration for the following semester. If you do not complete your application during that second semester, it will be rejected, which will be on your permanent record. You will then need to re-apply and pay the application fee again.

BRINGING TRANSFER CREDITS TO THE RAQA GRADUATE PROGRAM

The School of Pharmacy does not accept transfer credits from international schools offering Regulatory Affairs and/or Quality Assurance undergraduate or graduate programs.

The School of Pharmacy does not accept transfer credits for courses in international business or business management.

The School of Pharmacy does not award transfer credits or waive required courses for past experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Homepage

 
Temple University School of Pharmacy
Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Graduate Program

425 Commerce Drive, Suite 175
Fort Washington, PA  19034
Phone: 267.468.8560

E-Mail:
qara@temple.edu