The Regulatory Science program at the USC School of Pharmacy is a global leader in producing professional graduates with the knowledge and skills to manage regulated biomedical products worldwide. The program enjoys a high profile among industry employers, who help to ensure that students move easily into jobs in business and government.
One of the major disincentives to US competitiveness in the medical products and foods arena is the challenge of regulatory requirements. This program allows students with a strong science-based background a unique opportunity to contribute to the national economy and to the improvement of human health in ways not previously permitted by traditional graduate programs.
Launched in 2001 with the MS in Regulatory Science, distance learning was added in 2004 as an option for professional graduate students, allowing access to live or recorded lectures from anywhere in the world. Onsite courses, held in Southern California typically on weekends, are also held in a hybrid format with distance-learning options. The Regulatory Science classroom offers students an interactive, challenging environment led by academic faculty, reputable industry speakers and world-class regulatory professionals.
The School added a new doctorate in regulatory science—the first degree program of its kind in the world—in 2008, and has since added five graduate certificates. Additionally, the School offers the MS in Management of Drug Development, a program launched in 2012.