Procedures for Applying to the MS in QA/RA

BEFORE YOU APPLY TO THE MS - Please make sure you attend an Open House (if you have not already done so), or please call the QA/RA Office at 267-468-8559.

The GRE exam is no longer required for admission into the QA/RA program. 

Any student who applies for the MS in QA/RA is expected to have a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate B.S. degree from an accredited institution in the U.S.

If a student did not attain a 3.0 GPA or higher at the undergraduate level, that individual may be considered for admission after taking three QA/RA graduate courses and earning a minimum grade of B+ or higher in each of the three courses.  One of the three courses completed must be Food and Drug Law I (Pharmaceutics 5592).

Students will also be accepted if they have already earned a master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution in the U.S. and earned an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).  Students who did not attain this minimum GPA may be considered for admission after taking three QA/RA graduate courses and earning a minimum grade of B+ or higher in each of the three QA/RA courses. One of the three courses completed must be Food and Drug Law I (Pharmaceutics 5592).

Students who have received advanced degrees from non-U.S. institutions of higher learning should consult the Graduate Studies Office for consideration of their degree.

Before starting your application for the M.S. in QA/RA, please call Ms. Jean Westbrook at 267.468.8559 to discuss the best way to proceed. You may need to take three courses before formally applying for the MS. You should not apply before you are eligible to do so, since the application fee is nonrefundable. Please call us for advice before proceeding.

Students with Foreign Academic Credentials: Please contact Jean Westbrook before submitting your application. If you apply too early or submit the wrong forms, you may end up paying for two application fees, two WES reports, and other unnecessary expenses. Please consult our office first.

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Procedures for Applying:
Send an application form along with a check for $75 (payable to Temple University) to the QA/RA Office. If you have used different names during your academic history (i.e., a maiden name at an undergraduate school), include a brief letter indicating your past surnames. This will help us to keep your information together, accelerating your application process.

You do not need to send all of your application materials at once; however, we cannot open a file for you until you at least send the official application and application fee. Please start the application with these two items.

Mail the completed form with your $75 application fee (payable to Temple University) to:
Temple University School of Pharmacy - attn. Jean Leavitt
QA/RA Program
425 Commerce Drive, Suite 175
Fort Washington, PA 19034.

ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS should be sent to Jean Leavitt at the address listed above.

Questions regarding your application file should be directed to:
  Jean Westbrook Leavitt  267-468-8559

Questions regarding your final acceptance to the QA/RA MS Program should be directed to:
  Graduate Studies Office    215.707.4972

When you apply for the MS, you are formally applying to the Graduate School of Temple University. The application consists of:

1. The Application Form AND application fee ($75.00).

2. A signed copy of your up-to-date resume or CV.

3. A statement of your professional goals and objectives.

4. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools you have attended.

5. An official transcript from Temple University for any QA/RA courses you have taken. 

6. Two letters of recommendation. 

7.  Students must complete an undergraduate degree before applying to the M.S. in QA/RA. If you are finishing your final term as an undergraduate, please do not apply until you have completed your degree and received your diploma. This is particularly important for international students. If you submit a WES or ECE course-by-course evaluation before you officially graduate from an international institution, you will be asked to submit a second WES (or ECE) after you graduate, since we must have formal proof that the undergraduate degree was received. Please wait until you graduate to apply and order a WES (or ECE) report; otherwise you will have to pay the agency's fees twice.

There are additional requirements for students who received their degrees outside the U.S.

A. International students are required to submit the Testing of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

We also accept IELTS. The minimum accceptable IELTS score is 6.5. (Only the academic test score is accepted. The general training score is not accepted.)

Sorry, but if you have not achieved the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score, your application will not be considered. There are no exceptions to this rule.

It is imperative that applicants to the QA/RA graduate program be fluent in written and spoken English. The pharmaceutical industry uses a specialized regulatory language which contains many acronyms and unique terminology. Courses in the QA/RA program stress dialogue, and students are often asked to make oral presentations and write papers about regulatory issues facing the industry.

Exceptions for submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores 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.

B. In addition, your foreign transcripts must be evaluated for equivalency by an organization such as WES or ECE .

If you do not have your transcript evaluated by an outside agency, you may delay your application by an entire semester, and your application may be denied.

We strongly, strongly advocate using WES or ECE to facilitate the application process. Temple will also accept transcript evaluations from any organization listed on NACES.

These course-by-course evaluations must be original, unopened documents that are sent directly to Temple University by the evaluating agency. We will not accept photocopies of evaluations or original documents that have been opened. Tthe agency must send the documents directly to Temple and a course-by-course evaluation must be done and state "Control Examination."

Your academic credentials must demonstrate that you have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree and that the overall grade point average for that degree was the equivalent of a U.S. 3.0.

Once accepted into the MS in QA/RA program, international students are responsible for paying additional fees, including health insurance and an International Student Fee. For fees and rates, see: Office of International Student and Scholar Services (Click "Future Students," then Click, "Fees and Tuition.") There is also a one-time matriculation fee of $55.

If you are traveling to the U.S. to study in the QA/RA program, please make sure you review this link.

Special Notes on Applying to the MS:

The QA/RA program has specific deadlines for applying each semester.  The Admissions Committee will only review complete applications. Once you have submitted your application all supporting documents, contact Jean Leavitt (267.468.8559 or to verify that your file is complete. Please do not make the mistake of waiting several months, only to find that we never received a transcript or letter of recommendation. 

Our application deadlines are:
Fall: Complete Applications must be received by July 1
Spring: Complete Applications must be received by November 1.
Summer: Complete Applications must be received by March 1.

Bringing Transfer Credits into the QA/RA Program:

Temple University permits students to bring a maximum of 6 transfer credits (or two courses) into the MS program, but only under the following circumstances:

1. Requests for transfer credits must be made when the student is applying for matriculation into the QA/RA MS program. Under no circumstances can transfer credits be awarded after a student has been officially admitted into the program or is near completion of the degree.

2. All courses being considered for transfer credits must have been taken within the last five years and be from a fully accredited American college or university. Grades in all courses must be "B" quality or greater.

3. The courses being considered for transfer credits must be identical or very similar to courses currently offered in the QA/RA program. It is the student's responsibility to provide sufficient documentation demonstrating this similarity, including an official course description from the school (in an official school catalogue), a copy of course syllabi (clearly depicting topics covered), and copies of tests or other assignments which demonstrate that the work is equivalent to a graduate-level course in Temple's QA/RA program. Without this documentation, the request for transfer credits will be denied.

4. Transfer credits cannot be earned from industry workshops or conferences. There are no exceptions to this rule.

5. Students are permitted to take no more than three courses (or 9 credits) in the QA/RA program before formally applying for admission. QA/RA courses taken before matriculation may be considered "transfer credits" since the student is not officially admitted to the program. Therefore, additional transfer credits will not be considered if the student has taken more than three QA/RA courses.

6. Since the MS in QA/RA is a science-based program focusing on QA and RA practices within the pharmaceutical industry, transfer credits in business and business management are not accepted.

7. The Graduate Studies Committee will review the request for transfer credits, based on the materials provided by the student. If the transfer credits are approved, the Committee will write a formal letter to the student.  The decision of the Committee is final.

Requests for transfer credits should be addressed to: Daniel Canney, PhD, Director of Graduate Studies, Temple University School of Pharmacy, 3307 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140. The decision of the Graduate Committee to award transfer credits is final.

Waiving Requirements in the MS Program:
A maximum of two required courses may be waived in the QA/RA program, but only if you have completed identical courses in QA/RA at another accredited U.S. institution of higher learning.  You must have achieved a minimum grade of “B” (3.0 grade points on a 4.0 scale) and provide a syllabus and other pertinent course materials, demonstrating that the course is identical to a requirement offered in the QA/RA MS program.

Your request for waiving a required course (Drug Development, Food and Drug Law I, GXPs, IND/NDA Submissions, or Quality Audit) must be made when you submit your application for the MS program.  Retroactive requests will not be reviewed or granted. Credit will only be given for academic courses taken within the past five years.

The Graduate Studies Committee will send a formal letter indicating whether your request to waive a prerequisite has been formally granted.  Students who wish to take Advanced GMPs in lieu of GMPs must demonstrate that they have a minimum of 5 years of active experience in GMPs.  An oral test may be administered to demonstrate that the student is familiar with basic GMPs. 

When you waive a course, you will be asked to take another elective in its place.  Waiving courses does not reduce the number of credits you need to complete the Master’s program;  it simply means you have permission to skip a required course and take another elective in its place.

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Temple University School of Pharmacy
QA/RA Graduate Program

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