»FAQs for MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS)

How do I know if a career in the pharmaceutical sciences is right for me?

  • Do you enjoy science and want to pursue a science-based career?
  • Do you like to work hands-on in a laboratory setting?
  • Do you have a desire to contribute to the health and well-being of society through the development of medicines and therapies?

If so, a career in pharmaceutical sciences may be a good choice for you!

+-What is the difference between a pharmaceutical scientist and a pharmacist?

Pharmaceutical scientists are typically involved in the discovery/development of new drugs or development/characterization of delivery systems, absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination of drugs. They spend most of their time conducting research in a laboratory or analyzing data in an office setting.

On the other hand, pharmacists work with existing drugs, patients, and other healthcare practitioners to optimize patient care and drug use. They often work face-to-face with physicians (drug selection and use) and patients (best use of medications).

+-What are the career opportunities in the pharmaceutical sciences?

Over the years, pharmaceutical scientists have been instrumental in discovering and developing innovative drugs that save thousands of lives and improve the lives of countless others. Pharmaceutical scientists can pursue a variety of career opportunities/jobs. For example, they may be employed by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies; work as researchers, scientists, and professors at universities; or work for agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), and national laboratories, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Source: American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)

+-Does MS program require accreditation?

No, Chapman University School of Pharmacy MS program has been already approved by the University Senate and the Board of Trustee. There are no requirements for certification or licensing associated with the MSPS degree. Chapman University has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. 

+-What are the admission requirements?

A graduate application available at  www.chapman.edu/gradapply

  • A bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology, or related areas from a regionally accredited university or college or international university with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Two letters of recommendations from individuals familiar with your academic abilities
  • A personal statement of approximately 500-1,000 words, which includes: a) your interest in the MSPS program at Chapman; b) your research goals; c) your career goals; d) your academic and research achievements; and e) preference for the thesis or non-thesis M.S.
  •  A copy of official transcript from the bachelor’s degree granting institution

+-Additional requirements for International Students

  • Transcripts – Students submitting transcripts from foreign universities must submit transcripts in the native language as well as an English translation
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTEA – International students whose native language is not English or who have not completed their bachelor’s degree at an English-speaking institution must submit results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTEA.  International students who have completed their undergraduate degree at an accredited U.S. college or university do not need to submit test scores.  A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based), IELTS score of 6.5, or PTEA score of 53 are required. 
  • Complete the Graduate International Student Supplemental Form

+-I do not have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, or biotechnology, but I have a bachelor’s degree in another field. Can I still apply for this program?

If you have a different bachelor’s degree, you can take the following courses to prepare yourself for this program. We still require a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

  • Biology with lab
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Biochemistry
  • Intro to genetics
  • Calculus
  • Physiology with lab

+-When is the application deadline? Are there multiple deadlines during the year?

Priority Consideration: April 3, 2014

Closing Deadline: July 3, 2014

(Subsequently, applications will be accepted until class is full).

+-When can I enroll into the program?

Successful applicants will be admitted to the program only during the fall trimesters. You can enroll into the program after you receive the admission.

+-Can I transfer from another program into the Chapman’s MSPS program?

Transfer will be considered on a case-by-case basis if the curriculum requirements are met.

+-What is the cost of the program?

There are three trimesters in a year. The tuition is approximately $45,000 per year or for three trimesters. Students are responsible for their own housing and other related expenses.

+-Is there any financial assistance or tuition waiver plans?

Qualified students for thesis-based M.S. programs are eligible to receive assistance from CUSP in the form of paid research assistantship when available. The University’s financial aid office can provide more comprehensive information on other forms of federal, state or private funding: (714) 997-6741 or finaid@chapman.edu

+-Are there any plans for a Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences?

Yes, CUSP is planning to have a Ph.D. program in 2016.

+-Is the School of Pharmacy on the Chapman University Campus in Orange, CA?

No. CUSP is located on the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA. The campus is 15 miles south of the Chapman Campus and currently consists of 3 buildings at 9401, 9501 and 9701 Jeronimo Road.  CUSP is conveniently located 1.5 miles east of the I-5 Freeway, off of Alton Parkway, and within 2 miles of the Irvine Spectrum.

+-Is there student housing near the School of Pharmacy?

Currently, there is no official Chapman student housing near CUSP. However, there are several apartment complexes within 1 to 3 miles of CUSP, including “The Park” and “The Village” apartment complexes located at the Irvine Spectrum. More housing is being developed commercially in the Great Park area of Irvine.

+-Can I apply for Pharm.D. program after I finish MSPS program?

Yes, students who have completed their MSPS degree can apply for Pharm.D. program like any other applicants, but they have to fulfill the admission requirements for the Pharm.D. program.

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