The USC MS in Regulatory Science degree requires satisfactory completion of 36 units beyond the baccalaureate degree. The core curriculum includes courses that focus on basic regulatory frameworks, advanced regulatory frameworks, quality assurance, clinical research, statistics, medical product law, and project management, 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

MPTX 511: Introduction to Medical Product Regulation

Advanced Regulatory (Choose at least 2)

MPTX 512: Regulation of Pharmaceutical & Biologic Products

MPTX 513: Regulation of Medical Devices & Diagnostics

MPTX 514: Regulation of Food & Dietary Supplements

MPTX 524: Introduction to Food Science & Toxicology

Quality Assurance (Choose 1)

RSCI 508: Quality Assurance for Drugs and Biologics

RSCI 509: Quality Assurance for Medical Devices & Combination Products

MPTX 515: Quality Systems & Standards

Clinical Research

MPTX 517: Structure & Management of Clinical Trials

Statistics (Choose at least 1)

RSCI 507: Quality Systems & Statistical Process Control

MPTX 522: Introduction to Clinical Trial Design & Statistics

Medical Product Law

MPTX 516: Medical Products & the Law


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 Regulatory Science you must have completed:

  • At least 36 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