University of California, Irvine

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

About the school

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is comprised of the departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacy Practice. Our innovative and rigorous programs integrate a diverse plethora of concepts. Alumni pursue exciting professional opportunities that improve our society’s health and well-being.

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.

Masters of Science in Pharmacology

The Master of Science in Pharmacology (MSP) is a two-year, 100% online degree program geared toward teaching students:

  • The fundamental principles of pharmacology

  • Mechanisms of drug action

  • Current topics in drug discovery

  • 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.

Pharmacological Sciences Ph.D. program

The Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology offer an interdepartmental program leading to a PhD in Pharmacological Sciences with a Concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences or Pharmacology.

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.

PharmD Program

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.

Facts & Figures

  • Among the top-10 pharmaceutical sciences departments in the nation

  • Offers one of only a handful of undergraduate pharmaceutical sciences degrees in California

  • UCI is the No. 1 feeder for pharmacy programs nationwide

Jan Hirsch, Ph.D., Founding Dean

Dr. Jan Hirsch is the Founding Dean of the University of California Irvine School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she is also a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy. She is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Pharmacy, and Distinguished Fellow of the Get the Medications Right (GTMRx) Institute, and joined UC Irvine in January of 2019.