The University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Regulatory Affairs (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.

Our Program

The MRA Program is housed in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The Perelman School of Medicine is consistently ranked in the top five research-intensive universities according to US News & World Report. Being part of a world-class research institution gives you the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field and a seat at the table to see innovations being driven down the pipeline.

Our part-time, two-year (5 semester) program is ideal for working professionals and allows you the option to choose a concentration in clinical research or quality assurance to further specialize your skills.
Our program is in person so you will build relationships with your instructors, who are Penn faculty and industry experts, and members of your MRA cohort. 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.

Administration & Contact



 Program Director, Emma A. Meagher, MD




 Education Director, Rachel McGarrigle, MSEd






Associate Director, Bethany Germany, MA 






Associate Director, Andrew Fesnak, MD




For questions related to the Master of Regulatory Affairs Program, please contact Bethany Germany.

Perelman School of Medicine | 8038 Maloney Building | 3400 Spruce Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283 | 215-614-1835