International Students

The USC School of Pharmacy welcomes applications from international students and offers a wide range of degree and certificate programs, from the school’s largest—the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and its numerous joint and dual-degree opportunities—to highly regarded undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs.

USC School of Pharmacy graduates are employed in leading pharmaceutical companies, research institutions and regulatory agencies worldwide, such as Allergan, Eli Lilly, Biogen, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Stanford University, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, Amgen, Medtronic, Shimadzu Scientific, Harvard University, Merck, Genentech and Facebook.

USC is home to the only pharmacy school that spans the entire spectrum of pharmaceutical development and clinical care—from drug discovery to regulatory approaches for safely moving drugs and medical devices to market, and from the delivery of care in diverse settings to the evaluation of the impact of care on patient outcomes as well as healthcare costs. Our vision is to transform the face of pharmacy by leading the convergence of science, healthcare and policy.

Why is USC School of Pharmacy the right choice for you, as an international student?

  • No. 1 ranked private school of pharmacy by U.S. News & World Report
  • Trojan pharmacy grads rank No. 4 in the nation for highest average salary, according to a SoFi report
  • Strongest alumni network of any pharmacy school in the United States
  • 8 dual-degree programs
  • All degrees qualify for STEM OPT
  • Located in beautiful Los Angeles, California, where you will be near Hollywood, Pacific Ocean beaches and a fast-growing biotechnology ecosystem!

Scholarships for International Students

Dean’s Scholarships for International Students

The USC School of Pharmacy’s Office of Global Initiatives is pleased to offer the Dean’s Scholarships for International Students. One-time scholarships of $2,500 for the first year of study are awarded to highly qualified international students accepted into any of our full-time master’s degrees in Regulatory Science, Pharmaceutical and Translational Sciences, Healthcare Decision Analysis, Biopharmaceutical Marketing and Health Economics. One award per master’s program is given each academic year.

The Office of Global Initiatives provides guidance and support to international students and serves as a liaison with USC’s Office of International Services.

Godfred Marfo

How has studying at USC School of Pharmacy developed your global perspective?

“Growing up in Ghana, I witnessed cases of malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhea and HIV/AIDS, among many other diseases that are still prevalent in Africa today. The collaboration between the USC School of Pharmacy and the USC Institute of Global Health gives us the opportunity to transform healthcare decisions and behaviors while being at the forefront of global change and innovation.

Godfred Marfo

PharmD ’20

on participating in the school’s weeklong trip to promote health education and provide support for students in Uganda
Shraddha Hakani

How did the program help launch your career in the healthcare industry?

“The MS in Healthcare Decision Analysis program molded me from a student to a professional. Coming straight from undergraduate, the program provided practical experiences through internship/fellowship opportunities and course projects, and it prepared me to land my first step in the healthcare industry. The HCDA program helps students gain problem-solving skills and provides up-to-date industry knowledge and technical skills to apply in our future career opportunities.”

Shraddha Hakani

MS Healthcare Decision Analysis ’20

Product Manager, Proscia
Anushka Rajesh

Why was USC a good fit for you?

“As an international student, it was important for me to get a well-rounded experience in terms of the curriculum, faculty, research interests, prospects after graduation, culture and even the location. USC ticked all the boxes. I was lucky to have been accepted into my dream school!”

Anushka Rajesh

MS Pharmaceutical Sciences ’21

Research Associate at Vir Biotechnology, Inc.