The USC MS in Clinical Trial Management degree requires satisfactory completion of 32 units beyond the baccalaureate degree. The core curriculum includes courses that focus on basic regulatory frameworks, clinical trial management, clinical research, statistics, and ethics, 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. You can find all course descriptions here.

Introductory Regulatory (Choose at least 1)

RSCI 511: Introduction to Medical Product Regulation

RSCI 512: Regulation of Drugs and Biological Products

RSCI 513: Regulation of Medical Devices & Diagnostics

Clinical Trial Management

RSCI 517: Structure & Management of Clinical Trials

RSCI 536: Clinical Trial Writing and Documentation Management

RSCI 537 Clinical Trial Project Management

Clinical Research/Statistics

RSCI 522: Introduction to Clinical Trial Design & Statistics


RSCI 527: Medical Product Safety

RSCI 520: Introduction to Risk Management for Health Care Products


RSCI 602: Science, Research, and Ethics


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 Clinical Trial Management you must have completed:

  • At least 32 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

Admission Requirements

Detailed admissions and application information can be found on the Master of Science Admissions Page.