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MS Regulatory Science

Regulatory Science is that branch of knowledge which relates the regulatory and legal requirements of biomedical product development to the scientific testing and oversight needed to ensure the safety and efficacy of those products. The Master’s Program in Regulatory Sciences (MSRS) is an intensive, interdisciplinary program designed to produce graduates whose undergraduate and graduate backgrounds in biological, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences are enhanced by knowledge and skills appropriate for the practice of regulatory science. The Master’s program in Regulatory Science provides formal graduate training in regulatory affairs, quality assurance and clinical research. The program provides an opportunity for advanced preparation in a field in which industry and government cannot find sufficient numbers and quality of skilled personnel. Centered in the School of Pharmacy, the program has an interdisciplinary, part- and full-time curriculum developed jointly with the Schools of Engineering, Medicine, Independent Health Professions, Business and Policy, Planning, and Development. It relies also on the participation of professionals from public and private sectors with extensive experiences in fields related to regulatory science.


In this program, you will normally complete 30 units of course work and six units of research project work in an internship setting. A minimum of three courses are concerned with regulatory aspects of medical product development and a minimum of one course is concerned with quality assurance, clinical research, business, statistics and law. Recommended course work includes some courses available in other departments of the university. At least one core program course will be offered at the Orange County Center each semester beginning with the spring 2003 term, depending on enrollment. Alternating courses will be offered each semester to allow an individual to complete all the core requirements at the Orange County site in a two to three year period. Courses are commonly presented as intensive modules only a few weeks in length, and often will be held on weekends for the convenience of those working full time. Part-time studies and/or attendance as a limited student are possible and encouraged. If you have transferable credits from graduate work that you have done in the past, we will make every effort to count those toward the program. Students are encouraged to develop a specific plan of study in consultation with our graduate advisors before beginning the program. A distance program is scheduled to begin in Fall 2004.

Eligibility / Admissions Requirements

The Master’s program in Regulatory Science is designed for participants with strong science or industry backgrounds. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed previous graduate study in science, engineering or business, although students with particularly strong undergraduate transcripts and leadership qualities will also be considered for admission.

Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Applicants with graduate or professional degrees are encouraged to apply. The program encourages part-time students with work experience to participate.

Applications can be submitted at any time, but preferably at least three months prior to the beginning of the semester. Acceptance criteria for individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Students will be selected, whenever possible, after interviews with one or more faculty members.

For more information and an application, please check our Web site at or contact us directly:

Debbie Schroyer
Program Assistant
Regulatory Science Program
School of Pharmacy
University of Southern California
Phone: (323) 442-3521
Fax: (323) 442-2333