The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate students unparalleled training for future careers in pharmacy, medicine, and biomedical research. Our innovative, rigorous curriculum integrates concepts from biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmacology and physiology. Alumni pursue exciting professional opportunities that improve our society’s health and well-being.
Pharmaceutical scientists are rapidly changing the field of drug discovery and development. Graduates of our program are well qualified to seek employment in the public and private sectors, or to pursue graduate degrees such as a PhD, MD, or PharmD.
UCI’s location near large biomedical companies and strong reputation in chemistry and biological sciences make UCI the No. 1 California school for producing pharmacy school applicants. Nearly half of our graduates pursue a doctorate degree in pharmacy school, with many getting accepted into competitive programs at USC, UCSF, and UCSD.
Our faculty include world-renowned scientists encompassing a variety of backgrounds with wide-ranging research programs that cover every facet of pharmaceutical research. Our program will equip you with the scientific background to succeed in any biomedical professional school or career, but more importantly, we will train you to be transformative drivers of change. As pharmaceutical scientists, you will help advance medicine, apply innovation, and add healthy years to human life. After completing our program, you will undoubtedly play an integral role in shaping a brighter, healthier future.
UCI is the #1 feeder program to pharmacy schools nationwide, and its undergraduate degree in pharmaceutical sciences is among the top-10 pharmaceutical sciences departments in the nation. The program curriculum integrates concepts from biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmacology and physiology.
The Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology offer an interdepartmental program leading to a PhD in Pharmacological Sciences with a Concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, or Medicinal Chemistry.
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 advanced pharmacy practice settings.
The Master of Science in Pharmacology (MSP) is a two-year, 100% online degree program geared toward teaching students the fundamental principles of pharmacology: 1) mechanisms of drug action, 2) current topics in drug discovery, and 3) strategies, techniques and critical thinking skills needed for drug research. The program is designed for working professionals who are interested in advancing in their careers or enhancing their competitiveness for admission to other degree programs. The online format of the MSP program allows for greater flexibility and ease of attendance regardless of geographical location.