MS in Regulatory Science


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Program Description


The STEM-designated Master of Science in Regulatory Science is an intensive, interdisciplinary degree program designed to produce graduates whose backgrounds in biological, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences are enhanced by the knowledge and skills needed to manage regulated biomedical products.

The USC Regulatory Science curriculum will expose you to the latest trends in domestic and global regulation as well as quality practices in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. In class, you will use real-world examples and projects to gain greater knowledge of the foundations of regulatory, quality, and clinical sciences. You will also come to understand the complexities of blending engineering, pharmaceutical, and regulatory sciences on a global scale.


You will be taking classes with recent college graduates, individuals with other advanced degrees, and professionals currently working in regulatory, quality or clinical capacities. Similarly, all of our faculty and guest speakers are subject matter experts and have extensive industry experience.

Our students, guest speakers, and faculty come from all over the world, enhancing your networking opportunities. Each class leverages the knowledge and expertise of individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including regulatory affairs, quality assurance and control, clinical research and trials, medical affairs, research and development, pharmacovigilance, marketing, and sales from biotechnology, medical device, and pharmaceutical companies.

Your educational and professional goals come first. You can start or end the program in any semester (Fall, Spring or Summer), all courses meet on the weekends (about once a month), and each course can be completed online if needed.

Courses are offered on weekends to accommodate working professionals and can be attended online for those looking to complete their studies from outside of the Los Angeles area. Students set their own pace, taking as many courses as they wish to take each semester.

Career support is offered to all students and alumni, including recruitment events, career fairs and regular distribution of job postings from companies nationally and internationally. Recruiters are aware of the reputation of our alumni and are eager to hire our graduates.

Master of Science Admissions

Admission Criteria

To apply to our Master of Science programs, you must:

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from an accredited college or university.*
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from professionals or professors familiar with your capabilities and achievements.
  • Submit your most up-to-date resume.
  • Submit a personal statement that addresses your interest in the degree.
  • English Proficiency: If your bachelor’s degree was earned in a non-English speaking country and you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, you need to submit scores from an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Please note that even if you are from an English-speaking country, you may still need to submit scores. We require that you have verification of the following scores within two years of your intended enrollment:
    • An Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 100 with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or
    • An IELTS of 7 with no less than 6 on each band score.

*The Admissions Committee will consider all application materials and carefully read each application thoroughly and relies on a wide range of indicators from your application to determine your fit and aptitude for success in the program. If you have any questions about your specific situation, please feel free to contact us.

MS in Regulatory Science (RS) | Curriculum and Requirements

The USC MS in Regulatory Science degree requires the satisfactory completion of 36 units beyond the baccalaureate degree. The core curriculum includes courses that focus on basic regulatory frameworks, advanced regulatory frameworks, quality assurance, clinical research, statistics, medical product law, and project management, as well as elective options. Hands-on experience is encouraged through the participation in academic and industry internships, or the TRAQS program.


Required Courses

All of the courses offered by the Department of Regulatory and Quality Science can be taken either in-person or online (within the United States). Upon admission, we will work with you to develop a course plan that fits your needs.

Introductory Regulatory

MPTX 511: Introduction to Medical Product Regulation

Advanced Regulatory (Choose at least 2)

MPTX 512: Regulation of Pharmaceutical & Biologic Products

MPTX 513: Regulation of Medical Devices & Diagnostics

MPTX 514: Regulation of Food & Dietary Supplements

MPTX 524: Introduction to Food Science & Toxicology

Quality Assurance (Choose 1)

RSCI 508: Quality Assurance for Drugs and Biologics

RSCI 509: Quality Assurance for Medical Devices & Combination Products

MPTX 515: Quality Systems & Standards

Clinical Research

MPTX 517: Structure & Management of Clinical Trials

Statistics (Choose at least 1)

RSCI 507: Quality Systems & Statistical Process Control

MPTX 522: Introduction to Clinical Trial Design & Statistics

Medical Product Law

MPTX 516: Medical Products & the Law


RSCI 601: Biomedical Commerce


Any remaining units can be filled with elective coursework chosen from the courses offered by the Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Master of Science degree in Regulatory Science you must have completed:

  • At least 36 units of required and elective courses
  • Obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Maintain continuous enrollment during all fall and spring semesters
  • Complete the degree within five years
Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

Founded in 1905, the USC School of Pharmacy has played a key leadership role in both the advancement of the field of pharmacy and in the education of new generations of pharmacists and remains one of ... Read More

Founded in 1905, the USC School of Pharmacy has played a key leadership role in both the advancement of the field of pharmacy and in the education of new generations of pharmacists and remains one of the nation’s foremost schools of pharmacy today. Read less