Requirements for Degree Completion

Program Learning Objectives

The Program Learning Objectives for the Masters program in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy are available here.

Academic Content

The program requires basic coursework in economics, epidemiology, research design and data analysis, and policy analysis. Upon the completion of this foundation, candidates then continue with coursework in health economics, pharmaceutical economics and pharmaceutical policy. Courses in each of these areas encourage students to develop projects in which pharmaceutical economics and policy skills can be applied. In many cases, candidates will be expected to work closely with faculty by participating in collaborative research projects.

MS Requirements

The MS in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy requires 36 units of graduate-level courses. This program has been designed to allow a full-time student to complete the degree within two years, although part-time students can take as long as five years. Normally, a full-time graduate student course load is three full courses or their equivalent per semester, with a four-course maximum.

Grade Requirements

A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) must have been achieved on all graduate work, as required by the USC Graduate School.

Recommended Courses

The following courses are recommended for completion of the MS in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy. In order to satisfy the econometrics requirement, students should pass ECON 414 or a more advanced course in econometrics, depending on their background in econometrics.


  • ECON 414 Introduction to Econometrics (4 units)
  • ECON 500 Microeconomics Analysis of Policy OR PPD 501 Public Sector Economics (4 units)


  • PM 512 (elective) Introduction to Epidemiology and Demographic Methods (4 units)

Research and Methods Policy Analysis:

  • PMEP 509 Research Design (4 units)
  • PM 511A Data Analysis (4 units)

Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy:

  • PMEP 519 Survey Research and Quality of Life (4 units)
  • PMEP 529 Probability and Preferences (4 units)
  • PMEP 538 Pharmaceutical Economics (4 units)
  • PMEP 539 Economic Assessment of Medical Care (4 units)

Total Credits Required: 36

Research Paper Preparation

The student is required to complete a research paper that demonstrates the candidate’s ability to apply pharmaceutical economics and policy analysis skills in a challenging topic area. The topic for the paper will be negotiated with the student’s faculty advisor during the first year of study.

Course Offerings

USC Course Catalogue

  • For Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy (PMEP) courses, see School of Pharmacy.
  • For Preventive Medicine (PM) courses, see Keck School of Medicine.
  • For Public Administration (PPD) courses, see the School of Policy, Planning and Development.
  • For Economics (ECON) courses, see the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Schedule of Classes

For course availability for the current year see the Schedule of Classes.