Graduate Certificate: Basic Pharmaceutical Development


About the Certificate

Professionals with business or other non-science degrees may want to enter or advance their careers in the pharmaceutical industry but need specialized training in its terminology, concepts and regulatory environment. Whether just entering the workforce or looking for ways to advance in a global corporation, they can benefit from a deeper understanding of how pharmaceutical products are discovered, manufactured and distributed, as well as a greater familiarity with the multitude of federal and international regulations governing every aspect of product quality.

The graduate certificate in Basic Pharmaceutical Development combines a general overview of the drug development process with pharmaceutical industry business practices. This certificate enables students to explore quality assurance and regulatory affairs as a prospective career path without committing to a master's degree. Students are exposed to the specialized language of the industry, the overriding concern for imbuing quality in the industry, and the regulations that directly impact industry business decisions.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 3 years

Campus Location: Online and Fort Washington

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The certificate may be completed on a part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact the School of Pharmacy's program coordinator for more information.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to the certificate program.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:
Fall and Spring admissions are on a rolling basis. Interested students should contact the School of Pharmacy for permission to enroll in coursework.

APPLY HERE to the post-baccalaureate certificate program.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. A science degree is not mandatory.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12

Required Courses:

Core Courses
QARA 5459Drug Development3
QARA 5472Pharmaceutical Marketing3
Select two from the following:6
Investigational New Drug/New Drug Application Submissions
Requirements for Product Labeling and Advertising
Food and Drug Law
Project Management for Pharmaceutical Professionals
Total Credit Hours12

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum


Certificate Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Graduate Program

425 Commerce Drive, Suite 175

Fort Washington, PA 19034-2728


Mailing Address for Application Materials:

Temple University

Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Graduate Program

425 Commerce Drive, Suite 175

Fort Washington, PA 19034-2728

Department Contacts:


Wendy Lebing, MALD, MS

Assistant Dean