Drug Development Pre-Master's Certificate

Learn the concepts and practices that facilitate effective and safe drug production with the Pre-Master’s Certificate in Drug Development in Temple’s School of Pharmacy. You’ll have a three-year-time limit to complete the four-course program. This is a highly popular certificate, partly due to the fact that three of its courses can be applied to the Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance (RAQA). Once you graduate, you can use the Drug Development Certificate as a stepping-stone toward more advanced study, such as the MS in RAQA, and/or enter a regulatory affairs career in biotechnology, medical device, pharmacy and other related industries.

A flexible program, the certificate provides a great avenue to explore RAQA without having to commit to the full master’s program. Whether new or more seasoned in regulatory affairs and quality assurance, you’ll attain valuable knowledge and skills for the workplace. With courses developed and selected by a group of senior executives from the industry, you’ll study the practices and principles that form the backbone of pharmacy’s clinical trials, discovery, manufacturing and validation processes.

In your courses, you’ll gain a familiarity with the different roles needed for effective and safe pharmaceutical drug design and medical devices. In addition, you’ll learn how the industry achieves and maintains quality practices that are consistent with local, national and global regulatory guidelines. Through this methodical process, you’ll benefit from a strengthened  knowledge of the industry’s language and terminology.

Classes & Curriculum

In this 12-credit-hour program, your four courses include 

  • Drug Development,
  • Food and Drug Law,
  • one good practices course, and
  • one RAQA elective.

Learn more about Drug Development courses.

Related Graduate Degrees

Related Graduate Certificates

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.

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.

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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