Master of Regulatory Affairs

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The University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Regulatory Affairs (MRA) program is an online program.

The MRA program is designed to prepare professionals to play key roles in bringing innovative products to market while also ensuring that products are safe and effective. Graduates will be trained in the skills necessary to maximize compliance and minimize risk in the development of FDA-regulated products and will learn both the foundation and application of science-based clinical investigation and corresponding regulations. This is accomplished through a 10-credit unit curriculum consisting of coursework and an experiential capstone project.

For learners interested in a shorter program, the Regulatory Affairs Certificate may be an option. This 4-credit, one-year curriculum introduces learners to Regulatory Affairs. 

Our Program

The Master of Regulatory Affairs program is housed in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The University of Pennsylvania is a top research university and routinely a top-ten National Institute of Health grant-dollar awardee. Being part of a world-class research institution gives you the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field and a close-up view of innovations progressing through the pipeline.

The MRA program is an online program. This format increases flexibility for working professionals in reducing travel time to the classroom, while continuing to offer students a robust and engaging curriculum, build and foster engaging relationships amongst peers and faculty, and prepare graduates for the next step in their career.

clock icon 2-Year Degree

Our part-time, 10 course program begins every fall semester and is ideal for working professionals. Students will have the option of completing the MRA degree in either two or three years, with the first year consisting of two mandatory foundational classes per term. They will have the option to choose from three paths of study: Standard Curriculum, Clinical Research concentration or Quality Assurance concentration.

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All courses are online and utilize both self-paced learning and live interactions. Live interactions allow students to engage with peers and faculty in real-time as well as build meaningful relationships with one another. Self-paced learning allows students the freedom to review and complete content at a time that best fits their schedule, which is ideal for working professionals. Regulatory Affairs programs offer engaging, rigorous curriculum and flexibility to students.

group icon Cohort Model

You will build relationships with your instructors, who are Penn faculty and industry experts, and members of your cohort, with a variety of methods. Regulatory courses include live interactions in addition to self-paced content. We also periodically host social events, professional development workshops, alumni panels, and other initiatives to build relationships among peers, instructors, industry professionals, and alumni.

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At the conclusion of the program, you will be well-versed in the complete healthcare product lifecycle for drugs, devices and biologics, including an understanding of how this field works inside academia, industry, and government sectors. This will allow you to be competitive in securing positions that are integral to the navigation of new medical products and technologies through regulatory, clinical, and quality assurance channels. The development of additional skills—including oral and written communication, problem-solving, and teaming—are considered integral to this training. You will also become an expert in a chosen area for your Capstone project and will produce a deliverable to position you for the next step in your career.

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