Graduate Certificate: Drug Development


About the Certificate

Regulations governing the pharmaceutical industry at the state, federal and global levels continue to expand and change. Quality assurance principles are the core of pharmaceutical discovery, manufacturing, clinical trials and validation processes. Familiarity with the latest trends and current practices in regulatory affairs is critical to any industry professional’s success.

The graduate certificate in Drug Development is specifically designed for pharmaceutical and healthcare professionals who actively contribute to the drug development process or aspire to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Students explore regulatory affairs and quality assurance as a prospective career path without committing to a master’s degree. The certificate provides the tools and information needed to understand the basis for new drug discovery; the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act); and good pharmaceutical practices as they apply to the clinical, laboratory or manufacturing components of the drug development process.

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. While no specific major is required, most applicants should have a background in biological sciences, engineering, healthcare, natural sciences or related disciplines.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12

Required Courses:

Core Courses
QARA 5459Drug Development3
QARA 5477Good Manufacturing Practices 13
QARA 5592Food and Drug Law3
Elective 23
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