Prospective Students

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 Ph.D., M.D., or Pharm.D.

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.

Our programs

B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

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.

Ph.D. in Pharmacological Sciences

The Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology offer an interdepartmental program leading to a Ph.D. in Pharmacological Sciences with a Concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, or Medicinal Chemistry.

Post-baccalaureate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Post-baccalaureate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences is designed for individuals who are seeking to strengthen their application to competitive graduate programs in pharmacy or other health fields, or for individuals whose undergraduate degree is not in pharmaceutical sciences and are seeking entry or advancement in a career related to pharmaceutical sciences. This program is ideal for career changers or individuals taking a gap year.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

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 advanced pharmacy practice settings.

The first class is planned for Fall 2021.