Course Prerequisites and Credits for Work Experience

Policy:  Course prerequisites cannot be waived. Required courses should be completed in the stated sequence.

Background:  The University grants a degree in RAQA that is well-respected and recognized by regulated industries. The curriculum consists of a required set of courses and electives that were developed over the last three decades under the advisement of the program's Steering Committee. 

The granting of the Masterís degree and related certificates is a statement by Temple that students have demonstrated facility and learning in these disciplines by completing requisite coursework.  This learning is measured in a variety of objective ways in courses through exams, papers, presentations, discussions and workshops. These objective means evaluate students' abilities in given disciplines within the context of an academic course.

To allow non-academic substitution of required or elected courses dilutes the academic meaning of the degree. Students enter the RAQA Program with a wide variety of experience and training, some of which may be covered in specific Temple's courses. When students ask for academic credit for work experience, there is no viable way to assess the relative value of industry work towards the granting of the Masterís Degree in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance. Granting credits for past professional work is extremely difficult and often impossible to verify, since responsibilities and skills may vary from one company to another, let alone what various job titles may entail at different organizations.

Allowing students to skip prerequisites often causes pedagogic problems. Students may think they know the required skill set for a requirement and insist on being allowed to skip it, but often regrets doing so, since the thorough understanding of core concepts may not have been achieved which affects the student's success in later courses.