Basic Pharmaceutical Development Pre-Master’s Graduate Certificate

Form a deeper understanding of the pharmaceutical industry with the Pre-Master’s Graduate Certificate in Basic Pharmaceutical Development in Temple’s School of Pharmacy. The 12-credit hour Basic Pharmaceutical Development Pre-Master’s Graduate Certificate is specifically tailored for professionals with business backgrounds and those without science backgrounds. Coursework focuses on industry economics, laws, marketing, manufacturing, regulatory agencies and terminology for students interested in entering or advancing careers in pharmaceutics or healthcare.

Offered through the School of Pharmacy’s Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance (RAQA) graduate program, you’ll gain the knowledge necessary to meet your professional goals and objectives. You’ll also take four required courses on a part-time basis, with four years to complete the certificate. Become familiar with drug discovery and manufacturing topics with classes that cover

  • the drug development process, including how a drug is designed and brought to the marketplace—from discovery in labs to approval from the Food and Drug Administration; and
  • pharmaceutical marketing, including marketing goals and techniques leveraged in healthcare industries and what impacts key marketing decisions, including compliance, cost effectiveness, drug efficacy and safety, and treatment outcomes.

You’ll be able to choose from multiple elective course options that review business practices and concepts involved in food and drug law, pharmacoeconomics, and product advertising and labeling. Students who complete the certificate requirements have the option to apply credits toward the Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance.

Classes & Curriculum

The Basic Pharmaceutical Development Graduate Certificate is only available as a pre-master’s certificate. The program is part time, with classes held at night and on the weekends to accommodate your professional schedule. All classes take place at Temple’s Fort Washington location, which is only 20 miles from Temple’s Main Campus.

You’ll take two core classes and two electives. The core classes are

  • Drug Development and
  • Pharmaceutical Marketing.

The electives offered include

  • IND/NDA Submissions,
  • Project Management, and
  • Requirements for Product Labeling and Advertising.

If you choose to pursue the MS in RAQA, you can apply some of your credits toward the MS. Students may only complete one pre-master’s certificate before entering the MS in RAQA program.

Learn more about the Basic Pharmaceutical Development Pre-Master's Graduate Certificate curriculum.

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The Basic Pharmaceutical Development Pre-Master’s Graduate Certificate is ideal for those who are currently working in or seeking careers such as

  • advertising,
  • brand management,
  • healthcare sales,
  • marketing research,
  • medical communications and marketing,
  • pharmaceutical sales,
  • product development, and
  • project management.

Career Opportunities 

Alumni and current students of the Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program can join the job postings listserv to gain access to current career opportunities.

Career Night
Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance hosts an annual career night for students to meet with representatives from at least a dozen actively hiring companies. The evening features presentations on topics for breaking into the industry and gaining employment, such as interviewing tips and resume writing.

Students are also encouraged to speak with Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance faculty about their professional goals and ambitions.

Delivery Method

The Master of Science in Global Clinical and Pharmacovigilance, Master of Science Non-Thesis in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, and most certificates can be completed in-person at Temple’s Fort Washington location or online. The Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program offers more than 60 elective courses online.

Online courses in the RAQA program are offered in real time. You’ll participate in classes each week at a specific time, watching live lectures given by your instructor through interactive platforms. This format enables you to interact with other professionals across the country and world.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Graduate Certificate offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2020–2021 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,072.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,358.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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