Required Coursework

MS in Regulatory Science

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Students will complete a total of 36 units including 26 units of core courses and up to 10 units of electives, which may include an internship.

Core Courses

Introductory Regulation

MPTX511 Introduction to Medical Product Regulation – 3 units

Advanced Regulation

2 of the following:

MPTX512 Regulation of Drugs and Biologics – 3 units
MPTX513 Regulation of Medical Devices – 3 units
MPTX514 Regulation of Food and Dietary Supplements – 3 units

Quality

MPTX515 Quality Assurance – 3 units

Clinical

MPTX517 Structure and Management of Clinical Trials – 4 units

Biostatistics

MPTX522 Clinical Design Course – 3 units

Law

MPTX516 Medical Products and the Law – 3 units

Business

RSCI 601 Biomedical Commerce – 4 units

Core courses required  for degree completion = 26 units

Internship

Students with industry experience generally would not pursue an internship and would take additional elective coursework. Domestic students without prior industry experience can take 2-6 units of internship while international students would enroll in it for 1 unit. (International Students see additional internship details below*)

Elective Courses 

(four units minimum, up to 10 units if no internship)

MPTX518 Medical Writing – 3 units
MPTX519 International Approaches to Regulation -3 units
RSCI 520 Risk Management – 2 units
RSCI 521 Seminar in Regulatory Science – 1 unit
MPTX524 Food Science and Technology – 3 units
RSCI 525 Introduction to Drug and Food Toxicology – 3 units
MPTX526 Chemistry Manufacturing Control – 3 units
RSCI 527 Medical Product Safety – 3 units
RSCI 528 Safety in Health Care Environment – 3 units
RSCI 529 Risk Management Tools and Techniques – 2 units
MPTX530 Translational Medicine: An Overview – 2 units
MPTX531 Drug Discovery – 4 units
MPTX532 Early Stage Development – 3 units
RSCI 590 Directed Research 1-6 units
MPTX602 Science, Research, and Ethics – 2 units

Total units for degree completion = 36 units

*International Students – Internship Options
Due to recent visa issues, students may experience difficulties in finding internship opportunities in the United States during their MS in Regulatory Science (MSRS) studies. Individuals without permanent residence in the United States or those with limited written, verbal, or communication skills in English may find that they have trouble to secure an internship opportunity during the tenure of the program, especially if they are intending that the internship opportunity will lead to full‐time employment. International students wishing to gain internship experience must do this on an individual basis, and position the internship toward the end of their MSRS degree. While we are vigilant to find companies who are interested in providing internships, students should also be proactive in looking for paid or unpaid internships in an academic, clinical, or industry setting. Otherwise more coursework may be taken in lieu of the internship experience in order to meet degree conferral requirements. For further questions regarding the internship option please contact the program manager at regsci@usc.edu.