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Career Opportunities - Master of Science in Innovation Economics, Law and Regulation

USC Gould School of Law

The Master of Innovation Economics, Law and Regulation will help you to:

  • Prepare for careers in the fields of economics, law and data science including biotech, hardware/tech firms, intellectual property and antitrust, think tanks and consulting
  • Increase your competitiveness as a job applicant by holding a master's degree in legal and economic studies
  • Add value to your current role through greater understanding of how law and economics intersect with your responsibilities
  • Prepare for specialized career paths with tailored coursework

Possible Career Pathways

Here are some common examples of in-demand jobs where having additional economic and legal knowledge could help you excel:

  • Policy Analyst
  • Market and Competition Policy
  • Economic Consultant
  • Economic Development Manager
  • Policy Advocate
  • Contract Specialist
  • International Relations Officer
  • Foreign Affairs Specialist
  • Investment Analyst
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • Market Oversight Manager

Graduates of this program may find positions within these fields:

  • Hardware/Tech Firms
  • Biotech
  • Big data/machine learning/artificial intelligence
  • Intellectual property and antitrust law
  • Regulation, manufacturing
  • Cyber law
  • Economics
  • STEM
  • Think tanks
  • Policy
  • Global health

Note that this not a comprehensive list of jobs or employers that could benefit from a MIELR degree.

Is the MIELR Degree Right for You?

In determining whether our MIELR degree is right for you, first consider your ultimate career goals. Knowing these goals will help you understand how our MIELR courses might help you achieve those goals, and whether the degree will open new opportunities for you. Our degree is meant to be used to enhance your current skillset, so students who can identify how they plan to use this degree to develop their careers will be in an excellent position to achieve their goals.

Moreover, a degree from a top school such as USC can help open new opportunities in your current profession. Many of our students are able to expand their professional networks simply because they are a member of the Trojan Family, our strong and well-known alumni community.

Ultimately, there are many ways in which the MIELR degree might help you shape or recreate your career, and the specific path for how it can help will be up to you.

The MIELR degree is not intended to train you for a career as an attorney, nor to prepare you for a state bar exam. Our advisors are happy to speak with you to discuss whether the MIELR degree might benefit your career path.

Optional Practical Training

Some master's students attending USC on an F-1 student visa choose to enhance their U.S. legal education by gaining short-term, practical training after graduation. As a STEM-designated program, the Master of Science in Innovation Economics, Law and Regulation at USC allows international students on F-1 visas to apply for a 24-month extension of their optional practical training (OPT).

For current rules on OPT - the authorization required for eligibility for such work experiences - visit the USC Office of International Students website.

Taking the Next Step

Are you interested in exploring new career opportunities with a MIELR degree? Please feel free to contact one of our advisors about our program, our application process and our deadlines.