GRE is not required for Admission


The GRE exam is not required for admission into the MS in RAQA, the MS in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science, or the MS in GCPR as long as the applicant has earned a 3.0 Undergraduate GPA.

After reviewing years of data on graduates, we have come to the conclusion that the GRE, although a useful indicator for some academic programs, does not accurately predict the success of students pursuing a professional master's curriculum such as Temple's Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance graduate program. Therefore, starting with students applying for admission into the RAQA master's program for the spring 2012 semester, the GRE is no longer required for students who have earned a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate bachelor's degree. This new ruling will also apply to students who wish to pursue the non-thesis MS in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science.

If a student did not attain a 3.0 GPA or higher at the undergraduate level, that individual may be considered for admission after taking three RAQA graduate courses (or 9 semester hours) and earning a minimum grade of B+ or higher in each of the three courses. For more information, please see the Applying link.

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in RAQA, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in the U.S.
  • Furnish official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (even if you took just one course, which was subsequently transferred to another school).
  • Have an undergraduate grade point average (U-GPA) of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale).  Students who do not have an U-GPA of 3.0 should refer to the alternative path discussed below.*
  • Submit at least two (2) letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a statement of goals and objectives of 300 words or more. 
  • Submit a signed copy of your CV or resume.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score.
  • Students who attended institutions abroad must submit official transcripts plus a course-by-course evaluation from WES.
  • Students may submit results from advanced placement tests (GREs, GMATs, MCATs, LSATs, etc.), to enhance their application, but the scores are not required.

Submitting these materials does not guarantee admission. Members of the Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and make offers of admissions based on the above criteria.  However, it is possible that other factors may be considered.

*Starting with the January 2012 semester, students who do not have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher may gain admission by taking 3 courses (9 credits) in the RAQA Program and earning a B+ or higher in each of the first three courses.  One of the courses must be Food and Drug Law (5592).