Drug Development

Certificate in Drug Development

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

This four-course program is our most popular certificate, since it includes three of the required courses for the MS in RAQA.  Students new to the industry are introduced to 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.   

Many students start their coursework in RAQA with the Drug Development Certificate, since it enables them to explore the various career options in the pharmaceutical and related industries without committing themselves to the entire Master of Science degree or even a particular field of study.

The GRE is not required for the Drug Development or any other RAQA certificate.

The Certificate also enables those who intend to pursue the M.S. in RAQA to earn well-recognized credentials for the first four courses they complete in our program.

To obtain the certificate, students must:

  • Submit the Drug Development Certificate application
  • Include photocopies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Notify the RAQA Office that they have completed the certificate courses by submitting the Notice of Completion Form.

Students may apply for the program before starting the Certificate, but that is not necessary.  It is also acceptable for students to complete the four courses and then apply for the Certificate afterwards.

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:

  • Drug Development (5459)
  • Food and Drug Law (5592)
  • Any Good Practices course [GLPs (5476) OR GMPs (5477) or Advanced GMPs – Defining “c” (5479) OR  GCPs (5536)]
  • One elective in the RAQA program

Many students select IND/NDA Submissions (5495) or Quality Audit (5494) as their elective course in the Drug Development Certificate, since that enables them to complete the four required courses for the M.S. in RAQA.

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

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

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.

Application Form
Notice of Completion