Procedures for Applying to the MS in RA and QA
BEFORE YOU APPLY TO THE MS - Please make sure you attend an Open House (if you have not already done so), or please call our Office at 267-468-8559.
The GRE exam is no longer required for admission.
Any student who applies for the MS in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance 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 Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance 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 Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate courses and earning a minimum grade of B+ or higher in each of those three 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 (a TOEFL will be required).
Before starting your application for the M.S., 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 or use inconsistent names on your application materials, you may end up paying for two application fees, two WES reports, and other unnecessary expenses. Please consult our office first.
Procedures for Applying:
Send an application form along with a check for $75 (payable to Temple University) to the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance 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 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 Westbrook
Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Graduate Program
425 Commerce Drive, Suite 175
Fort Washington, PA 19034.
ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS should be sent to Jean Westbrook at the address listed above.
Questions regarding your application file should be directed to:
Jean Westbrook 267-468-8559 firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions regarding your acceptance to the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance MS Program should be directed to:
Graduate Studies Office 215.707.4972 email@example.com
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 hard copy transcript from Temple University for any Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurancecourses you have taken.
6. Two letters of recommendation.
7. Students must complete an undergraduate degree before applying to the M.S. in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance. 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).
- The minimum scores that Temple accepts for the TOEFL are:
- 585 for the paper version (PBT)
- 230 for the computer version (CBT)
- 85 for the Internet-based version (IBT).
We prefer and encourage students to submit the TOEFL. The IELTS may be submitted, but we prefer the TOEFL. The minimum accceptable IELTS score is 6.5. (Only the academic test score is accepted. The general training score is not accepted.)
Even if students demonstrate minimum sufficiency in the TOEFL or IELTS, the School may require them to take traditional classroom courses at Temple University Fort Washington rather than online courses to improve their language skills.
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 Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program be fluent in written and spoken English. The pharmaceutical industry uses a specialized regulatory language which contains acronyms and unique terminology. Courses in the RA and QA program stress dialogue, and students are often asked to make oral presentations and write papers about regulatory issues facing the industry. Regulatory and quality positions in the industry require strong written and oral language skills.
Exceptions for submitting 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.
B. All international transcripts must be evaluated on a course by course by organizations 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 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. The 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 Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance program, international students are responsible for paying additional fees, as delineated by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (Click "Future Students," then Click, "Fees and Tuition.") There is also a one-time matriculation fee.
If you are traveling to the U.S. to study in the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program, please make sure you review this link.
Special Notes on Applying to the MS:
The Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program has specific deadlines for applying each semester. The Admissions Committee will only review complete applications. Once you have submitted your application and all supporting documents, contact Jean Westbrook (267.468.8559 or firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. If you do not complete your application by the deadline, it will "roll over" for consideration for the following semester. However, if you do not complete your application during that second semester, your application will automatically be "rejected," which will be on your permanent record.
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 RAQA 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 Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance MS program. Under no circumstances will 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. Courses being considered for transfer credits must be identical or very similar to courses currently offered in the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance program. The applicant is responsible for providing sufficient documentation that shows this similarity, including an official course description (in an official school catalogue), a copy of the course syllabus (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 RA and QA 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.
5. Students are permitted to take no more than three courses (or 9 credits) in the RA and QA program before formally applying for admission. Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance 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 Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance courses.
6. Transfer credits in business and business management courses 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.
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 Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program, but only if students have completed identical courses in Regulatory Affairs and/or Quality Assurance 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 Temple's MS in RA and QA program.
Your request for waiving a required course (Drug Development, Food and Drug Law, 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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