Part-time Studies and Distance Studies
We understand the importance of flexibility for capable people with busy lives. We have many students who work full-time and are taking our program part-time on the weekends. Most classes are held on weekends, often including a Friday or Monday. Most of our courses are also available by distance for students living 50 miles or more from our campus.
Part-time students should plan on completing the degree within five-years after enrollment. Talk to our program manager to develop an individualized program that meets your needs.
It is also possible to complete our program in 4 terms or less. USC has three terms – Fall, Spring and Summer. If you wish to take the fast track, we suggest that you start in the summer term. Because of our scheduling, this provides the best sequencing of classes.
We suggest you begin your studies with us by taking the Introduction to Regulation course (MPTX 511). And then continue on with 5 other courses offered by our program. By the end of these courses, you should have a good appreciation of the principals underlying regulations and quality assurance.
After enrolling in the core required courses you can then expand your understanding of the principals underlying regulations by studying policy development, law and business in a range of electives offered by the program. By the end of these courses, you should know how and why regulations are developed and how to influence this process.
Towards the end of your degree program you can further develop specific strengths and prepare for your research project.
For students who are not already working in the industry, an internship can provide experience for you in the field. Your internship is personalized to give you in-depth exposure to your field of interest. Internships can be at any company in Southern California or elsewhere.
Limited Status Study
Some students wish to take a single class (or more) prior to formally applying to one of our programs. This option is possible for people who are already working in the Regulatory Industry or a related industry, or for students with an educational foundation that would prepare them for study with us. Such students work closely with the program manager to register for courses approximately one month in advance of the course start date. If a limited status student applies to a Graduate Certificate or Master’s degree program at a later date, and they are accepted to the program, any coursework completed prior to admission would count towards the degree.
Still hesitant to apply?
You may want to “try us out” by taking a class or two first before applying to the program. These credits can be transferred towards the MS degree if you apply and are accepted into the program.