The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) 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.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

The UCI PharmD program is a four-year professional degree program that prepares 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 is taught by faculty from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Department of Clinical Pharmacy Practice and delivered using innovative instructional methods and applying evidence-based practices. 

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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 UCI School of Pharmacy & 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, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet general requirements of the UCI Graduate Division. Satisfactory completion of the following required undergraduate credit courses with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above:

Prerequisite Course Semesters Quarters
General Biology
Human Physiology
General Chemistry with Lab
Organic Chemistry with Lab (must be completed prior to application)
English / Writing
Macro- or Microeconomics
Public Speaking or Debate
  • The PCAT and GRE are not required or considered for admissions review
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required
  • Applicants must complete prerequisites with a minimum letter grade of “C”
    • Exception: A “PASS” grade is acceptable for coursework completed during Spring or Summer 2020
  • All courses must be completed at the undergraduate level
  • Advanced Placement (AP) used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements are acceptable
  • Online courses completed during Spring 2020 to Winter 2022 are acceptable
  • “Human Physiology” should be clearly labeled in the course title/or course description and taught by the department/discipline of Biology/ Biological Sciences or Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Organic chemistry courses must be completed with grades posted on the transcripts prior to application submission
  • Other courses may be in progress with final grades posted no later than August 5, 2023
  • Prerequisite science coursework must be completed within ten years prior to the matriculation year

*All entered coursework in PharmCAS are self-identified by the applicant. These courses are subject to the review and approval. Any course(s) not approved must be completed by the August 5, 2023 deadline.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

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.

Students may be eligible for scholarships based on documentation provided in the applications and through FAFSA.

Prior to the start of your first term, the UCI Financial Aid office will provide a workshop to discuss 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.

NIH Loan Repayment Program (Learn More) 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 (Learn More).

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 (Learn More).

AACP Financial Literacy Resources (Learn More)

Phone: (949) 824-6725


Accreditation Status

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC): Approved as of November 30, 2020

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE): Precandidate status approved as of February 2021. The University of California, Irvine School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Granting of Precandidate status brings no rights or privileges of accreditation as associated with either candidate status or accredited status. Precandidate status indicates only that planning has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurance of moving to the next step, that of Candidate status. Since Precandidate status does not create any rights of accreditation under the ACPE standards, it is the opinion of ACPE that graduates of programs of Colleges or Schools of Pharmacy that bear Precandidate status do not meet the educational requirements for licensure. For an explanation of the ACPE accreditation process, consult the office of the Dean or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

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Licensure and Certification Disclosure

University of California programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University of California and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The University of California has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a University of California program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

WASC Accreditation: November 30, 2020 

Pre-Candidate Status: Feb. 1, 2021 

Next ACPE visit: April 19-21, 2022