To apply to the DRSc program, 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 three letters of recommendation from professionals or professors familiar with your capabilities and achievements.
- Submit a copy of your most up-to-date resume or CV.
- Submit a Statement of Purpose that addresses your interest in the degree and possible areas for your doctoral research. (450-500 words) Your essay should be uploaded in the supporting documents section.
- Submit a Critical Analysis Essay of a DRSc alumni dissertation using the following criteria:
- Identify and explain the argument that the author is making
- Provide your own argument, defend or counter, about argument made in the dissertation
- Provide 3-5 additional references that are not included in the original work
- 800 – 1000 words
- 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.
If your native language is English and/or you have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university, you are exempted from this examination. If you have questions about division requirements for the TOEFL, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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.
The Department’s Admissions Committee will reviews all applications at the same time, regardless of when it was received. Applications are accepted every two years starting in August of an odd year with a deadline of February 1 of an even year. The 2024 cohort application will open in August of 2023 and will close on February 1, 2024. (Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2022 cohort.)
You may apply online through the USC Graduate Admissions website. You will find the “Doctor of Regulatory Science (DRSc)” program after selecting the “USC School of Pharmacy”. Please arrange to have transcripts and test scores sent to USC in time to meet the February 1st deadline.
After an initial review by the admission committee, select applicants will participate in a minimum of two interviews. Interviews will be held on-campus. One of the interviews is conducted by an alumni or student in the DRSc program and one interview will be conducted by a faculty member. Final admission decisions are typically made by the end of June.
Materials to be submitted
- Official transcripts from all colleges you have attended, sent to the USC Office of Admission, as directed in the online application process, to the following address:
University of Southern California
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911
- Three letters of recommendation from professors or professionals familiar with your capabilities and achievements, utilizing the process provided called “Evaluations” in the online application. It includes a form to be completed as well as uploading a personalized letter.
- Your personal statement that addresses your interest in the degree and possible areas for your doctoral research should be uploaded in the “Documents” section under “Program Materials”
- Your resume should be uploaded in the “Documents” section under “Supporting Information”
- If you are required to submit TOEFL scores (please see above for details), have your scores sent to the USC Office of Admissions (code #4852).