Apply to the DRSc Program

Thank you for your interest in the Regulatory Science doctoral program at USC.  Given the program structure and our course offerings, we admit students to the DRSc program every two years (even years).  We are no longer accepting applications for the fall 2016 cohort (the deadline was Monday, February 1, 2016).  The fall 2018 application period is expected to open in August of 2017.

Application Eligibility Requirements

  • Earned bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (official transcripts)
  • Industry experience (resume)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • International students only: TOEFL (minimum 100) or IELTS (minimum 7). A Master’s degree from a US institution does not waive this requirement. 

How to Apply

Applying for admission to the Regulatory Science doctoral graduate degree program at USC is a two-part process governed by the USC Office of Graduate Admission.

1. Complete the online USC application for admission (POST/PROGRAM CODE is 1349 for DRS Regulatory Science degree in the USC School of Pharmacy).  Note: once the application period opens, you will select fall 2018 as your intended term of admission; otherwise your application cannot be processed.  The application period will open in August of 2017. 

2. Application fee of $85.00 (subject to change)

3.  Statement of purpose

4. Resume

5. Three (3) letters of recommendation, academic or professional, demonstrating leadership capabilities.  Letters must be submitted online.  To initiate this process, select “yes” to the question “Will this provider be submitting a letter of recommendation online.” The recommender will then receive an email and password so that they can complete the recommendation form.  A letter is required; not just the form.

6. Official Transcripts in Sealed Envelopes from ALL undergraduate and graduate institutions should be sent to:

By postal service: 

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

By courier service, such as DHL or FedEx

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 1
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

If you have unofficial copies of final transcripts, you are strongly encouraged to upload them with your application as official transcripts often take time to be processed. However, official transcripts must be received in order to finalize admissions decisions.  Applicants with foreign transcripts must submit an official language transcript as well as a certified translation.

Please do not  fill-out a supplemental application under the School of Pharmacy (this is not necessary for our application process).

7. International applicants who did not receive a 4 year undergraduate degree in the United States (or other English speaking institution) are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS scores (a two year undergraduate degree or a Master’s degree from a US institution does not waive this requirement).

NOTE: GRE not required.

For more information please contact the DRSc Program Administrator at 323.442.2018 or

We look forward to receiving your application!