Special Notes to International Students

We welcome your interest in the Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs (QA/RA) graduate program of Temple University School of Pharmacy. Jean Leavitt oversees the files received from all QA/RA MS applicants. Please contact her before starting your application to make sure you understand Temple's requirements for admissions. Please also read this page in its entirety.

Please do not apply until you have formally received an undergraduate degree. Temple University will only review applications from students who have completed an undergraduate degree or higher. If you request transcripts and WES reports before your bachelor's degree is complete, you will need to resubmit them again after you complete your degree. To avoid paying a fee twice, please do not apply until you have received your undergraduate degree.

When you apply for admission to Temple University, please make sure that the spelling and format of your name is consistent on all of the documents you submit. This will ensure that your application is processed correctly. If your academic records have different names, please inform Jean Leavitt, so she can make sure that your credentials are kept together.

Templeís QA/RA masterís program is designed primarily for professionals who work full-time in the pharmaceutical industry.  Most students pursue classes on a part-time basis, taking an average of 3 years to complete the master's degree. The majority of our classes are offered evenings and weekends. We do offer courses in a traditional classroom format. It is possible to pursue our program on a full-time basis by taking a minimum of 3 courses (or 9 semester hours) each semester.

QA/RA courses are based at a suburban, corporate-style campus (Temple University Fort Washington) that does not offer University housing, dormitories, dining halls, walking access to stores, or access to public transportation. Students must have a car to get to the campus.

There are no full-time scholarships available through Temple School of Pharmacy for the QA/RA program, nor are there any other forms of financial support, such as teaching assistantships or fellowships.  If you are interested in pursuing the QA/RA MS degree, you must demonstrate that you have financial support through a government agency/program, corporate sponsorship or personal finances.  For current tuition rates at Temple University, see this link. A full-time graduate student at Temple must pursue a minimum of 3 courses (or 9 semester hours) each semester.

Many international students seek F-1 visas which require full-time student status (3 courses per semester) and stipulate that the applicant can work no more than 20-hours per week in a University setting.  Templeís QA/RA program does not offer employment opportunities at the University to maintain this status. 

TOEFL or IELTS Requirement

International students are required to submit the Testing of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 585 for the paper version (PBT), 230 for the computer version (CBT), or 85 for Internet version (IBT). 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.

The TOEFL or IELTS may only be waived if a student has completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in the U.S. or has earned a degree from a country where the spoken language is English.

Important Web Sites

Please see the following sites for more details regarding international applications and the requirements for student visa status.

Graduate School Admissions, International Applications:


Office of International Students amd Scholars:


Getting Foreign Academic Credentials Reviewed

Please do not apply until you have formally received your undergraduate degree. If you submit an incomplete WES or ECE report before you graduate, you will need to submit another course-by-course evaluation after you graduate, which means you will pay that fee twice.

If you have a question about what academic records should be submitted with an international application, visit the World Education Services (WES) website at http://wes.org/required.   You may also use Educational Credential Service (ECE): https://www.ece.org/

Students are strongly encouraged to use an outside Credential Evaluation Service such as WES or ECE which will evaluate your transcript in approximately one week. 

Temple University offers foreign credentials evaluation service on a limited basis from mid-January through April each year.   The evaluation process is time consuming. If you plan to use Temple's foreign credentials evaluation service, make sure you submit your application at least 90 days before the stated deadlines for each semester.

Again, we strongly recommend obtaining a WES or ECE. Applications that do not contain a WES or ECE may be denied.

When ordering your materials from WES or ECE, 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. If Temple does not receive all of that information, we cannot process your application. Your credentials must demonstrate that you earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree and your undergraduate GPA must be the equivalent of 3.0 in the U.S. to be considered for admission to our M.S. program.

Temple will accept transcript evaluations only from agencies listed by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services:  www.naces.org.  The fees for these services run between $100-200; however, the formal evaluation results may be used for other purposes, such as applying to other schools or submitting your credentials to a U.S. employer.

Temple will only review evaluations for students who have, at a minimum, successfully completed an undergraduate degree. If you are still pursuing undergraduate courses, please wait to apply until you have formally received the undergraduate degree.

The website of the Office of International Students and Scholars has information regarding additional fees required of international students.

Students who live in or near Singapore should contact qara@temple.edu about QA/RA courses offered by Temple University in a joint partnership with the Department of Pharmacy and NUSAGE at the National University of Singapore.

Regarding the issuance of Form I-20: Students are eligible to apply for and receive an I-20, as long as they are admitted to a full-time degree-seeking program. For further information about the I-20, please visit the OISSS website about fees and the Certificate of Eligibility I-20 Application. If you have further questions, please email Ms. Mildred Picon in the OISSS (mpicon@temple.edu) or phone her at 215-204-7708.

Pursuing Online Course While Studying at Temple University in Pennsylvania

The QA/RA program offers courses in a traditional classroom format at Temple University Fort Washington.  In addition, it is also possible to complete the MS degree entirely online, since 50 courses are also offered in a synchronous online format.

International students holding J-1 or F-1 visas are not permitted to pursue a full-time course load of online courses.  All students with a J-1 or F-1 visa are required to take all courses in a traditional classroom format during the first semester.

In subsequent semesters, these students may take a maximum of one online course per semester, provided they have earned a minimum GPA of 3.33 in all classes. The School of Pharmacy reserves the right to require international students to pursue traditional classroom courses during their entire program of study, if it is clear that they are struggling with regulatory terminology, written and spoken English, class presentations, and other assignments. The decision of the School is final in this matter.

At most, an international student may pursue one online course per semester, but that registration must be formally approved by the QA/RA Office and the Office of Graduate Studies in advance.  If approval is granted, students pursuing QA/RA online courses must have access to an individual laptop or computer and also have hard-wire access to the Internet.

Best wishes with your academic pursuits, and thank you for considering Temple University.