Post-Baccalaureate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences

This program has been discontinued, and we are no longer accepting applications. Please email with any questions.

Post-Baccalaureate Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences is designed for individuals who feel they need a stronger academic foundation in pharmaceutical sciences. Preparation provided by our world-class program will benefit those interested in a PharmD, PhD, Master’s degree program, or careers in areas of pharmaceutical sciences.

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a transcript and certificate from the UCI Division of Continuing Education. A certificate bearing the UC seal signifies a well-known, uncompromising standard of excellence. Students will usually begin the program of study in Fall and take courses in Fall, Winter, and Spring to complete the program in one academic year.

Who Should Enroll

  1. Individuals whose undergraduate degree is not in pharmaceutical sciences and are seeking entry or advancement in a career related to pharmaceutical sciences or biotechnology, including production, control, research/development, regulatory affairs and patents.
  2. Individuals seeking to strengthen their application to competitive graduate programs in pharmacy or other health fields.

Program Benefits

Students will gain a solid understanding of pharmaceutical sciences through upper-division academic coursework. They will have the opportunity to participate in laboratory research and attend seminars that cover a variety of topics including PCAT preparation, graduate school applications, and interviewing skills.

UCI is the #1 feeder to pharmacy schools nationwide. Our pharmaceutical sciences program is among the top-10 pharmaceutical sciences departments in the nation. Our faculty include world-renowned scientists encompassing a variety of backgrounds with wide-ranging research programs that cover every facet of pharmaceutical sciences.

Program Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon the completion of seven (7) core courses and two (2) electives. After you have completed all requirements, you will receive an official certificate.

Program Fees

Application fee: $75
Program fee: $8,000

Students pay a per-course fee, which may vary according to the course and is subject to change. For complete information about course fees, visit:


The application deadline for Fall 2021 enrollment is June 30, 2021.

For full consideration, applications and all supporting documents and scores must be received by June 30, 2021. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.



Applicants must provide official undergraduate transcripts showing successful completion of a bachelor’s degree and the following prerequisite coursework.

Minimum requirements:

  • One course in biology.
  • One year of organic chemistry with lab.
  • One course in biochemistry, chemical biology, or biological chemistry.
  • Strongly encouraged: One course in physiology.

A GPA of 3.0 is required; however, exceptions may be made for students who have a 3.0 in their major or who demonstrate aptitude in a relevant subject.

Financial Aid

Our program is not FAFSA (financial aid) eligible because we are not a degree certifying program. Applicants considering our program are encouraged to research the competitive student loan options offered by UC Preferred Private Loans Lender List. Early applications is strongly encouraged, allowing admitted students sufficient amount of time to make  financial preparations to fund the program.


We do not offer a residency placement for post-bac students on campus; however there are many off-campus housing options (not affiliated with UC Irvine) in close proximity to the campus and neighboring cities. Many UCI students select off-campus housing options which cater to student housing. To learn more about these options visit the UCI Housing website.

International Applicants

At this time, we are not able to enroll international students in the post-baccalaureate program; however, we hope to be able to do so in the future. Please check back on the status periodically or sign up for our email list to receive updates on our program.

Additional Resources


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