The USC MS in Management of Drug Development degree requires satisfactory completion of 32 units beyond the baccalaureate degree. The core curriculum includes courses that focus on basic regulatory frameworks, translational science, quality assurance, clinical research, statistics, and business, 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 Pharmaceutical & Biologic Products

Advanced Translation (Choose at least 2)

RSCI 531: Industrial Approaches to Drug Discovery (Required)
RSCI 532: Early Stage Drug Development
RSCI 533: Safety Evaluation During Drug Development

Quality Assurance (Choose at least 1)

RSCI 508: Quality Assurance for Drugs and Biologics
RSCI 515: Quality Systems & Standards
RSCI 526: Chemistry Manufacturing and Control

Clinical Research

RSCI 517: Structure & Management of Clinical Trials

Statistics (Choose at least 1)

RSCI 507: Quality Systems & Statistical Process Control
RSCI 522: Introduction to Clinical Trial Design & Statistics


RSCI 601: Biomedical Commerce


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 Management of Drug Development 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.