University of Southern California

USC School of Pharmacy

MS program in the Management of Drug Development


University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90007

United States


(213) 740-2311

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

DRSc, MS program in the Management of Drug Development (MDD) or MS in Regulatory Science, Certificate in Clinical Research Design and Management; Certificate in Food Safety; Certificate in Patient and Product Safety; Certificate in Preclinical Drug Development; Certificate in Regulatory and Clinic

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Industry requests for USC Regulatory Science graduates are constant. Students can look forward to being in demand by future employers. A career in biomedical product development offers the chance to work on products that will save lives. The MS program in the Management of Drug Development (MDD) at USC is a novel degree program designed for students with a background in preclinical biological and pharmaceutical science. It aims at producing entry- and mid-level practitioners with the knowledge and skills appropriate for professional practice in translational research, with particular emphasis on the area of transition between early stage preclinical drug discovery and clinical drug development. This area, commonly referred to as the “valley of death,” represents one of the most challenging and important areas in translational research yet programs designed to train and educate future translational science leaders are lacking. The Drug Development program will be unique in its own scope, insofar as it will not primarily address clinicians with an interest in research, but will rather focus on individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree in the sciences as well as Ph.Ds and Pharm.Ds to allow them to design, evaluate critically and optimize broad drug development strategies from the earliest stages of drug design and discovery to their application in patients and marketing. The program builds on a 12 –unit certificate program in Preclinical Development as well as a number of specific courses that are taken from the graduate programs from the USC School of Pharmacy. Our courses can also be taken by a limited number of students who are interested in taking individual courses on certain topics, if spaces are available in the classroom. We believe that the classroom is an important place to interact, so we have put many courses on evenings and weekends to help those who are working during the week. Typically our courses can be taken by distance or onsite. Onsite classes are held in Los Angeles and in San Francisco.


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International Student Requirements:

GRE Scores (combined score over 1000, with a verbal score over 400); GPA range is between 3.0-3.7 (competitive is 3.3 and above); USC requires a TOEFL score that meets one of the following conditions: an internet based TOEFL (iBT) score of 100 or higher with no less than 20 on each individual section of the test; or a paper based (pBT) TOEFL score of 600 or higher; or a computer based (cBT) TOEFL score of 250 or higher.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: MDD or MS 36, Certif

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1,497.00 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Financial Aid is available Federal Student Loans. Applicants may apply by completing the FAFSA and applying code 001328. Several scholarships also available.

Locale: Large City

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