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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 and may later be applied toward the MRA.
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 has transitioned to an online program. We are excited to leverage this opportunity to increase flexibility for working professionals 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.
Our part-time, two-year (5 semester) program begins every fall semester. It's ideal for working professionals and allows you to choose a concentration in clinical research or quality assurance to further specialize your skills. The curriculum includes 10 courses total with both core and elective offerings. Students typically take 2 courses per semester.
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.
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.
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.