Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Graduate Program of Temple University School of Pharmacy
Frequently Asked Questions
The graduate program in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance was created and pioneered by Temple University’s School of Pharmacy to meet the educational needs of professionals in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry. Its curriculum addresses the career requirements of entry, associate, and mid-level managers in the pharmaceutical and related industries by integrating the disciplines of pharmaceutical law and regulation, pharmaceutical sciences and technology, and quality assurance.
Some of the most commonly asked questions about our program are listed below. Click on any of the links to explore the related areas in which you’re interested.
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When can I start taking courses?
Courses in the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program are offered in a traditional classroom format at Temple University Fort Washington. We also offer over 60 courses Online in real-time. Students may complete certificates and the MS in either format, or may take some courses in a traditional classroom setting and others online.
Courses are offered during three semesters: fall, spring, and summer.
New students are welcome to take any offering which does not have a prerequisite. Courses are offered at Frazer during the fall and spring.
What course sequence is recommended?
While there is no prescribed course of study for the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program, it is strongly recommended that new students start by taking Food and Drug Law (5592) or Drug Development (5459). These courses serve as the foundation of knowledge for the program and will help students understand the issues, terminology, and topics covered in other courses.
How do I register for my first course?
If you are registering for the first time with Temple, you must submit a registration AND state residency fom. Download these forms at Registration and forward them to the RA and QA Office via fax (267.468.8565) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sorry, but we cannot process your registration without the residency form. We encourage you to register as soon as possible, since our classes fill quickly. We will contact you immediately if there are problems with your registration.
How many courses should I register for?
Since the majority of our are professionals working full-time in the pharmaceutical industry, we urge you to start the program with just one course. After you have gotten used to returning to school, you may wish to increase your course load to two classes per semester.
Is the entire Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program offered at Temple University Fort Washington?
Yes. The Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program is offered in its entirety at Temple University Fort Washington.
Is the entire Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program offered online?
Yes. The Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program is offered entirely online. We use an interactive online format in real-time known as Adobe Connect.
When are most courses offered?
Fall and spring courses are offered one night per week over 10 or twelve weeks. Typically our classes start after 5:00 pm. We offer Saturday and Sunday classes as well. Usually these courses run all day (8:30 am to 3:30 pm) on five or six Saturdays or Sundays during the semester. Our weekend offerings accommodate students who travel extensively as well as those who live out of state.
Is it possible to complete the entire RA and QA graduate program on weekends?
Yes. The entire program for the M.S. in RA and QA is offered on weekends.
Are courses offered during the summer?
Absolutely. Our summer sessions begin in May and run through mid-August. Classes meet twice a week for six weeks, once a week for ten or twelve weeks, or over five or six weekends.
How may I obtain more information about the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance program?
Please attend one of our Open Houses held throughout the year. These half hour information sessions give an overview of the program, discussing available certificates and how to apply to the Master's program. We also have staff available to review your record, help you select courses, and answer other concerns you may have.
Our office also visits pharmaceutical companies to give presentations about the program. To receive an invitation to our next Open House, please email email@example.com or call the general number at 267.468.8560. To schedule a site visit to your company, please e-mail Ms. Wendy Lebing, Assistant Dean, at QARA@temple.edu.
How many courses may I take before I matriculate into the program?
No more than three courses (or 9 credits) should be taken before you apply for admission to the master's program. If you have started the application process and we have received sufficient materials to evaluate your academic record, you may take one more course as a non-matriculant while you await an official decision by the Graduate Studies Office. Only completed applications will be given consideration. Please start the application process as soon as you can commit yourself to earning your graduate degree.
How much is tuition?
Please browse TUITION for current information on tuition.
Will Temple University bill my company directly for the courses I take?
Third party payments are acceptable. An approved letter/contract authorizing Temple University to bill the third party must be presented to the cashier, Office of Financial Services, Temple University Ambler, by the due date of the bill. Sorry, but we cannot make arrangements for this service through phone-in registration.
Graduate School Policies
Once I’ve been formally admitted into the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program, are there any policies I need to be aware of?
Matriculated students are expected to meet certain standards of scholarship. These include:
· Any credits approved for transfer into our program must be of no less than "B" quality. This includes any graduate work completed at Temple University prior to matriculation as well as any other institutions;
· A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for graduation;
· Failure to maintain reasonable academic progress is grounds for dismissal;
· No more than two grades of less than "B-" quality may be earned in any graduate program;
· Not more than one grade of "F" may be earned;
· Candidates may not graduate with any incompletes ("I") on their records. Any “I” is automatically converted into an “F” if the course work is not completed within one year. Students with Incompletes will not be permitted to register for future semesters until the Incomplete is finished.
Temple University publishes a list of current academic policies each semester.
How much time does it take to complete the degree?
Most students take about three years to complete the program. Generally they start with one course a semester and then accelerate their program of study by taking two courses a semester or taking courses in the summer. Once you have been formally accepted into the MS program, you are expected to complete it within five years by taking one course in the fall and spring semesters each year.
What if I can’t complete the program in five years?
We realize that sometimes personal and/or business commitments prevent students from completing the program in five years. If you cannot register for a course for any reason, you may apply for a leave of absence through Banner. The Graduate School will honor reasonable requests for extensions. The reason for this policy is that the University wishes to ensure that students’ learning experiences and degrees are not antiquated by the time they graduate.
Are there any special procedures for graduation?
As you complete all your coursework in the RA and QA program, please be aware that there are several University procedures you must follow to graduate.
First, you should call the Graduate Studies Office at the School of Pharmacy to conduct a review of your transcript, making sure you have successfully completed all the required courses and semester hours of the program. It’s strongly suggested you complete your transcript review at least two semesters before you graduate; that way, if you are missing any requirements, you can schedule them in time to complete your degree.
During the semester you intend to graduate, you must complete an "Application for Degree" which is available through Self-Service Banner.
Is the M.S. in RA and QA a terminal degree?
Many graduates have expressed interest in continuing their education after they’ve received the MS degree. While the MS in RA and QA still remains a terminal degree, we’ve developed advanced certificates in both quality assurance and regulatory affairs.
To receive an application for this program, please call 267.468.8560.
The Master of Science Application Process
When should I apply?
You may take up to three courses (9 credits) in the program as a non-matriculated student; however, if you know you plan to apply for admission to the RA and QA program, we strongly encourage you to do so as soon as possible.
Is there a deadline for applying for admission?
Yes, please refer to the Applying link for deadlines each semester. Your application cannot be reviewed until all of the required materials are received. Sorry, but your application will not be considered if any items are missing. It is a good idea to start the application process at least two months before you hope to be accepted.
How do I obtain an application packet?
Please refer to procedures on the Applying link, which has detailed information.
What type of undergraduate background is needed to pursue the MS in RA and QA?
We seek students with undergraduate degrees in the sciences or engineering. However, students with other academic backgrounds have done well in the program including liberal arts, business, computer science, and various health field.
The Admissions Committee of the Graduate Studies Office considers all aspects of your application, including the strength of your academic record, your position and length of service in the pharmaceutical industry or regulatory agency, your letters of recommendation, and so forth. Please be aware that admission to the program is highly competitive, so all aspects of your application will be reviewed.
I’ve taken three courses in RA and QA as a non-matriculated student and received excellent grades. Does this guarantee my admission to the Graduate School?
Your excellent work in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance courses will certainly be considered, but please be aware that all facets of your application are subject to review including your letters of recommendation, previous academic records, and your involvement in the pharmaceutical field.
In which areas of the pharmaceutical industry do most RA and QA students?
Our students come from all areas of the pharmaceutical industry including quality assurance, regulatory affairs, research and development, quality control, manufacturing, clinical research, medical affairs, and marketing and sales. Many students also come from related industries, such as healthcare.
I have completed graduate work at another university; will I receive any credit for those courses towards the RA and QA degree?
Because our program is unique, credits from other institutions may not be applicable. However, if you believe that previous coursework should exempt you from a RA and QA requirement, you must inform the Admissions Committee of the Graduate Studies Office during your application process. As the Committee reviews your credentials, it will also consider your request to waive program requirements. A maximum of 6 credits will be transferred from another institution or Temple program.
Does it matter who writes the letters of recommendation for me?
The letters of recommendation are an important component of the application process. A letter from your direct supervisor which indicates that he/she supports your candidacy in the program is strongly suggested. Letters from former professors, including those from Temple's Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance program, are also appropriate.
How do I know if Temple’s Graduate School received all of my materials?
Please call Jean Westbrook in the RA and QA Office at 267.468.8559 before the deadline to see that all of your materials have arrived.
I have a copy of my transcript from college. May I simply make a copy of that and submit it with my application?
Temple's Graduate School requires official transcripts from all colleges and universities you’ve attended. Such documents usually include the official seal of an institution. Please see our Applying page for suggestions on how you may obtain those transcript. Generally you have to request them from the Registrar’s office of the schools you’ve attended. In most cases schools charge a small fee to forward official transcripts.
Do I have to submit an official transcript for courses I’ve taken from Temple?
Yes. Whether you’ve simply taken one course as a non-matriculated student or completed an entire program of study at Temple University, you must still submit an official transcript for all of your Temple work. Please refer to our Applying link for more information.