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Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Graduate Program at Temple University School of Pharmacy

Drug Development Certificate (Pre-Master's)

The Drug Development Certificate explores fundamental concepts and current issues affecting quality assurance practices and regulatory affairs that are critical to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and related industries.

This four-course program is the most popular certificate, since it includes three of the required courses for the MS in RAQA. Students new to the industry are introduced to industry terminology, quality practices, and regulatory compliance. More seasoned employees discover how critical their job is to the entire drug development process and achieve a deeper understanding of industry concerns.

This certificate allows students to explore QA and RA issues without committing themselves to the entire Master of Science program. 

The GRE is not required for the Drug Development Certificate. 

To obtain the certificate, students must submit an application and photocopies of their undergraduate transcript(s).  Students may complete the four courses, before formally applying for the certificate.

All courses taken for the Drug Development Certificate will count towards the MS degree, as long as students are eligible for admission to the RA and QA master's degree and apply to the MS program before completing their third course.

To receive a letter of completion for the Drug Development Certificate, the following courses must be successfully completed (grade of B or higher) within a three-year period:

Transfer credits are not accepted towards Temple’s certificate programs. 

Brochure - Drug Development Certificate


How to Receive the Certificate when you've completed the courses:

Submit the following items to the RAQA Office (hard copy only):

1. Application 

2. Photocopies of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

3. A transcript from Temple's Banner system of courses taken in the RAQA program.

4. Notice of Completion

All materials must be received by the stipulated deadlines (January 15 for February issuance; May 15 for June issuance; and August 20 for September issuance). Sorry, but if you miss the deadline, you will have to wait until the next time certificates are issued. Certificates will be mailed to your home in late February, late June, or late September.

Note:  Students may obtain only one certificate before completing the MS program, except for Food RA and QA.

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