What sets the Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences program apart from other master’s programs?

  • Optional pre-health track to prepare for professional school
  • Life science industry focus
  • Applied translational course work
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Applied translational research
  • Clinical research
  • Real-life company-sponsored team projects

Learning Outcomes and Skills

Science and research skills—students learn to:

  • Perform hypothesis-driven research
  • Evaluate research design and methodology, and analyze and report data results
  • Assess the literature, identify knowledge gaps, and convey findings to the scientific community
  • Translate scientific discoveries into products that benefit society

Communication and teamwork—students learn to:

  • Communicate effectively in an industry environment composed of scientists, engineers, and business professionals
  • Contribute productively to an interdisciplinary team tackling complex problems

Ethics—students learn to:

  • Adhere to ethical principles in research, development, and business issues inherent in the bioscience industries
"The MS program was an enriching experience for me, both academically and professionally. Through my thesis, I was able to learn more about public health and health policy. I also had the unique opportunity to complete an independent study through USC focusing on social media and medicine. I believe the MS program's versatility allowed me to explore different areas of science and healthcare, which I will be able to carry with me into medical school and beyond as a hopeful future physician."
Ria Yalamanchili
MS Student, Clinical Thesis
2019