Graduate Admissions

Applications for Fall 2017 admission will be accepted between September 1, 2016 and January 5, 2017.  New graduate students are enrolled in the program during Fall quarter only.


  • Research experience (laboratory or fieldwork) is a primary criterion for acceptance into our graduate programs.
  • Some biology courses are required. However, because we are an interdisciplinary program, we admit students from various backgrounds. Applicants recently admitted to our program have undergraduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines, including molecular biology, psychology, and chemical engineering, as well as chemistry and biology.

Application Requirements

Complete the Online Application which is submitted to the Graduate Division. When completing the “Degree Program” section of the online application for admission, please make the following selections:

For direct application to the Pharmacological Sciences PhD program:

  • School/Department: Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Major/Degree: Pharmacological Sciences-PhD- Concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences

For application to the MCP program:

  • School/Department: Interdisciplinary Gateway Programs
  • Major/Degree: Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology
  • Specific Area of Interest: Indicate which one of the following three departments you
    would be most interested in as your eventual home department: Pharmaceutical Sciences,
    Chemistry, Pharmacology, or Molecular Biology & Biochemistry. The choice you
    indicate here is not binding, and can be changed at any time until you select a research
    advisor during the first year.

Diversity Fellowships: The University of California is committed to the recruitment, admission, and retention of a high quality and diverse graduate student population. If you have overcome socioeconomic or educational challenges, please indicate that you are a diversity candidate on your application.

Test Scores

  • Official GRE Scores (UCI Institutional Code is 4859, Departmental Code is 0613).
  • GRE Subject Test related to your area of interest is recommended; however the subject exam is NOT required for application.
    Note: GRE scores that are five years old or older by the first day of school will not be accepted.

Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation

  • Three Letters of Recommendation submitted electronically through your online application
  • One official copy of all postsecondary academic transcripts sent to:
      • Graduate Admissions Coordinator


        [Pharmacological Sciences PhD Program OR MCP Gateway Program]

        209 Steinhaus Hall, Building 502

        Irvine, CA 92697-3958

International Students

  • TOEFL Scores for International Students (UCI Institutional Code is 4859, Departmental Code is 47)
    • If your undergraduate degree was obtained in a country where English was the primary language, the TOEFL exam is not required. For more information regarding admissions requirements for international students, visit the Academic Qualifications webpage.
  • Teaching Assistant (TA) Eligibility International applicants who are eligible to serve as a teaching assistant will be considered more favorably in the admission review process. The following test scores will qualify students to be a teaching assistant at the University:
    • A score of 26 or higher on the speaking component of the TOEFL ibt
    • A score of 8 or higher on the speaking module of the IELTS, or
    • A score of 50 or higher on the TSE.

For more information about the English language requirements for TA’s, please visit the English Language Proficiency Requirements for TAs webpage. For additional information about graduate study at UC Irvine, please visit the UCI Graduate Division website.

For further information about the Graduate Programs in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, contact Student Affairs at: (949) 824-1991