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USC Catalogue 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Science, Regulatory Science


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Regulatory science is that branch of knowledge which relates the regulatory and legal requirements of biomedical product development to the scientific testing and oversight needed to ensure product safety and efficacy. The program provides an opportunity for advanced preparation in the fields of regulatory affairs, quality assurance and clinical research. Students must complete concurrently all of the requirements established for the respective degrees. The program alternates the courses required for the PharmD program during the fall and spring terms with courses required in summer terms for the MS program. Students will typically take courses in the summers of years two-four. Up to 12 appropriate units of course work from the PharmD program can be applied toward the MS degree. The PharmD and the MS, Regulatory Science degrees will be awarded simultaneously upon completion of requirements for the two programs.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Students applying for the dual degree program must meet the respective admission requirements for each program and must have a baccalaureate degree. Students will not be given special consideration for admission to either program because they are applying for the dual degree. Students may apply to the dual PharmD/MS, Regulatory Science degree program in two ways. First, they may apply at the time they submit their PharmD application by concurrently submitting applications to both programs. Students who elect this approach must identify themselves on both applications as potential dual degree students. Students who are admitted to both programs will be offered admission to the PharmD and will be offered admission to the dual degree program contingent on passing all courses in their first year of the PharmD with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who are accepted by only one program may choose to attend that program but will not be eligible for the dual degree. Second, students can apply to the dual degree by submitting an application to the MS in Regulatory Science program during their first or second year of enrollment in the PharmD prior to the MS in Regulatory Science published application deadline. Students who elect this approach must apply through the School of Pharmacy. Students admitted to the MS in Regulatory Science using this approach will be offered admission to the dual degree contingent on passing all courses in their PharmD  studies with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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