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Applications for Fall 2024 are due May 1, 2024

MRA Admissions

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's level degree

  • Applicants must have a minimum of one year of relevant experience (e.g., Regulatory Specialist, Research Project Manager, Clinical Research Coordinator, FDA Scientific Reviewer)

  • Applications for each fall semester open Oct 2nd and should be submitted by May 1st

Application Support

ITMAT Education Faculty and Administration are glad to connect with interested applicants throughout the year.  Through an initial consult, program faculty or staff can gain understanding to which program may best align with your career goals, connect to current students or faculty for additional insight, answer questions about the application process, and provide feedback on project proposals. 

Contact us and a member of the team will reach out to set a time to discuss your interests.

Application Process:

Applicants must submit a full application which contains three parts:

1. Online MRA Program Application

which includes the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
    • Upload unofficial undergraduate and graduate, if applicable, transcripts into the application system
    • For students whose undergraduate degree was awarded outside of the U.S., you will need to complete a degree verification process via Certifile (embedded in the application) or WES
  • Personal statement
    • Please submit a personal statement that responds to the following two prompts. Each response should be 400 words or less. You may need to combine the two prompt responses into one document to upload.
      • What are your career goals, and how does the MRA program help you meet your goals?
      • Discuss a significant contribution you have made in your current or former position.  What did you set out to achieve? What was the result?

2. Three letters of recommendation:

  • Recommenders may be faculty or employers
  • Letters should address the following:
    • The suitability of the MRA program for the student's stated career goals
    • The student's academic ability
  • The online application system supports electronic submission of the letters

3. Application Fee: $45 

  • Payable on submissions of the application


  • English Language Proficiency are required for applicants who received an undergraduate degree from any institution that does not use English as the language of instruction (e.g. TOEFL score)
  • GRE scores are not required

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Student Resources

Please review our Student Resources page for a full list of policies and information before applying. 

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices.

Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Franklin Building, Suite 421, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993. Specific questions concerning the accommodation of students with disabilities should be directed to the Office of Student Disabilities Services located within Hamilton Village at 220 South 40th Street.

The federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, as amended, requires colleges and universities to provide information related to security policies and procedures and specific statistics for criminal incidents, arrests, and disciplinary referrals to students and employees, and to make the information and statistics available to prospective students and employees upon request.  The Campus SaVE Act of 2013 expanded these requirements to include information on and resources related to crimes of interpersonal violence, including dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault. Federal law also requires institutions with on-campus housing to share an annual fire report with the campus community. 

In addition, the Uniform Crime Reporting Act requires Pennsylvania colleges and universities to provide information related to security policies and procedures to students, employees and applicants; to provide certain crime statistics to students and employees; and to make those statistics available to applicants and prospective employees upon request. 

To review the University’s most recent annual report containing this information, please visit the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report or the Penn Almanac Crime Reports.

You may request a paper copy of the report by calling the Office of the Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police at 215-898-7515 or by emailing

Recognizing the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Penn’s admissions committees for graduate and professional programs will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant. In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/Fail and other grading options during the period of COVID-19 disruptions. An applicant will not be adversely affected in the admissions process if their academic institution implemented a mandatory pass/fail (or similar) system for the term or if the applicant chose to participate in an optional pass/fail (or similar) system for the term. Penn’s longstanding commitment remains to admit graduate and professional student cohorts composed of outstanding individuals who demonstrate the resilience and aptitude to succeed in their academic pursuits.

The Master of Regulatory Affairs and Regulatory Affairs Certificate degree programs are offered by the University of Pennsylvania, an institution of higher education authorized to confer degrees and certificates conferring academic credit under applicable laws of the United States.  Students who are interested in participating in the program from countries other than the United States are advised that each jurisdiction may have its own laws and regulations governing online educational programs, and some jurisdictions may not recognize course credit or an online degree awarded by the University as satisfying local requirements for professional licensure, employment qualification, or other purposes. Before enrolling in this program, prospective students should investigate their jurisdiction’s treatment of foreign online programs to ensure that participation in this program will meet their objectives.

The Master of Regulatory Affairs and the Regulatory Affairs Certificate are both STEM OPT extension eligible programs for holders of F-1 visas.

If you have additional questions about the format of the program or its ability to fit your schedule, access, etc. please contact program staff

The University of Pennsylvania is accredited, but there is no separate accreditation for regulatory affairs programs.

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