The Master of Science in Innovation Economics, Law and Regulation (MIELR) degree is offered by USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Department of Economics jointly with the USC Gould School of Law. This STEM-designated program equips graduates with the essential skills required to address the complexities of big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning innovations through the lens of antitrust, privacy, data security and intellectual property laws.
Students in this distinctive program gain comprehensive knowledge of the economic and regulatory complexities of digital service industries and innovation-driven workplaces that include tech and biotech. It is ideal for students with an interest in law looking to study economic theory and data analysis or for students with a background in economics or STEM looking to study relevant laws and economics that govern innovation.

The 32-unit degree program may be completed over two academic years (fall/spring/fall/spring) on campus on a full-time basis. However, full-time students may complete their coursework in two (fall/spring) or three (fall/spring/fall) semesters

This degree is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree in any field; however, students are required to have a solid foundation in mathematics, including calculus.

    Degree Outcomes

    • Understand the overlap between law and microeconomics, particularly in the fields of antitrust and intellectual property law.
    • Develop interdisciplinary skills in economics and the regulation of markets that include analytical and written skills.
    • Paid membership in ODE (the economics honors society)
    • Economists and consultants gain training enabling them to better interface with lawyers.
    • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of the economics and regulatory complexities of digital cervices industries and innovation-driven workplaces.

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    USC Gould School of Law
    Graduate & International Programs
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0071
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