The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) is a professional degree leading to pharmacist careers in hospitals, outpatient ambulatory care settings, community pharmacies, nursing homes, managed care, academia, research, industry, government agencies, and other pharmacy practice settings.

The first class is planned for Fall 2021.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

The planned UCI Pharm.D. program is a four-year professional degree program that will prepare graduates to be practice-ready pharmacists who are problem solvers, independent lifelong learners, team players, and leaders who will drive transformative changes in the healthcare system. The curriculum will be taught by faculty from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice and delivered using innovative instructional methods and applying evidenced based practices. 

What makes us unique?

  • Strong foundation of pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, and clinical sciences integrated throughout the curriculum
  • Interprofessional education within the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences
  • Rigorous clinical training at UCI’s academic medical center to ensure graduates are ready to work in interprofessional teams
  • Integrative health approach to treating the whole patient with a wide range of preventive and treatment modalities
  • Committed to serve under-represented populations and advance healthcare equity

Commitment to Enhancing Diversity

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Plurality of experiences, accomplishments, and values leads to greater innovation and creativity at all levels of scholarship and inquiry.  The planned UCI School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is committed to enhancing diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and other attributes in its students, staff, and faculty. We will strive to maximize opportunities and inclusion so that all its members can utilize their potential and achieve excellence in accomplishing the school’s academic mission. This academic excellence will translate to clinical excellence and help serve the communities in the region, the state, and beyond.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy(1), physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services(2). The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.

Additional information can be found here.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet general requirements of the UCI Graduate Division.

Satisfactory completion of the following required courses with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above:
  • General biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Human physiology
  • Communication/public speaking
  • General Chemistry (with lab)
  • Organic Chemistry (with lab)
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • English/writing
  • Macro- or Micro-economics

*A Bachelor’s degree is required.

*The PCAT is not required.

Estimated Annual Program Cost

Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Annual Total
Student Services Fee
Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition
Assoc. Grad Students Fee
Student Center Fee
Bren Events Center Fee
Recreation Center Fee
Document Fee
Total California Resident
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition
Total Nonresident

*Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments.

*Proposed Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition subject to approval by the Regents of the University of California.

Financial Aid & Resources

UCI is committed to providing financial aid and resources to reduce indebtedness of our students. Our staff are dedicated to assisting students with options for funding their professional degree and planning for financial health following graduation.


Financial Aid


Students may apply for financial aid through the UCI Financial Aid office. Expert staff in the school also provide guidance in funding professional education, including options for federal financial aid programs and need-based aid provided by the school.


There are multiple scholarships, fellowships, grants and awards that students may apply for; information will be provided in advance of application deadlines.

-AACP list of scholarships, grants and awards

-Need or merit-based scholarships are planned. Check back for more information 

Financial Planning


The planned School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences will hold regular seminars to assist students while enrolled to plan for a health financial future. Please see a sample list of programs below available to students to manage loans and debt.

 Loan Forgiveness Programs

NIH Loan Repayment Program ( pays up to $70,000 of student loan debt in exchange for a two year commitment to conduct research funded by a nonprofit or governmental institution.

California’s state loan repayment program for pharmacists who work full time in Health Professional Shortage Areas provides up to $50,000 in loan repayment (

Pharmacists who work in governmental or non-profit organizations (e.g., Veteran’s Administration, Food & Drug Administration, health departments or state boards) can qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs (!/pslf/launch).

AACP Financial Literacy Resources

Accreditation Status

The Pharm.D. program is in the process of accreditation with two required agencies, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). 


ACPE: Our application is on file with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for board review in July 2020; an update will be posted as soon as we have it, anticipated in August 2020.  A successful review by the board would result in a site visit in fall to collect information for board decision on readiness for pre-candidate status. We are targeting pre-candidate status with the goal of matriculating our first class in fall 2021. 


WSCUC: Pending WSCUC approval