Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences students

» Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) is a 2-year, year-round thesis program for students interested in the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies. 

Graduates of the program can pursue a variety of career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry. The School of Pharmacy's location in beautiful Irvine, CA, provides unique opportunities for students to network with nearby biomedical, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies. Graduates are also positioned to work as researchers at universities, government and non-profit agencies, and at national laboratories such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

How Can I Learn More about the MS program?

+ - Admissions Information

Application Deadlines:

Spring 2017

October 1, 2016

*Term starts January 3, 2017

Fall 2017

June 1, 2017

*Term starts in late August 2017

How to Apply

A Graduate Application is available at www.chapman.edu/gradapply

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college or international university with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher in one of the following subjects:
    • Biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemistry
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Related Areas
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic abilities
  • A personal statement of approximately 500-1,000 words which includes:
    • Your interest in the MSPS program at Chapman
    • Your research goals
    • Your career goals
    • Your academic and research achievements
  • A copy of official transcript from the bachelor’s degree granting institution
  • A resume or curriculum vitae including relevant experience
  • Students with Bachelor of Science degrees in other fields will be required to take prerequisite courses in the following areas:
    • Biology with lab
    • Microbiology
    • Chemistry with lab
    • Biochemistry
    • Introduction to genetics
    • Calculus
    • Physiology with lab

Additional Information for International Students

International students are welcome to apply!  Requirements include:

  • 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 applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTEA.
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based) and
    • IELTS score of 6.5, or
    • PTEA score of 53 

International applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a university in the United States or in another country where English is the primary language are not required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTEA examination.

Follow this link to complete the International Supplemental Application Guide.

If you have any questions, please contact intladmit@chapman.edu

+ - Curriculum

The Master of Science degree requires completion of at least 36 credits. These include 17 credits of required courses, at least 7 credits of elective courses, minimum 6 credits of research, and 6 credits of thesis. A program of study is developed individually in consultation with the student's mentor and is designed to ensure expertise in the student’s principal field. This will present students with the opportunity, under the supervision of the program advisor, to tailor their academic program to prepare them for the career path of their choice.

PHS 601 Ethics, Regulation and the Pharmaceutical Pipeline 2
PHS 602 Drug Discovery and Development 3
PHS 614 Biologics 2
PHS 621 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Processes 2
PHS 623 Pharmaceutical Analysis 3
PHS 641 Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences I 1
PHS 642 Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences II 1
PHS 702 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Methods 3
Elective Courses
PHS 611 Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics 3
PHS 612 Advanced Principles of Drug Action 4
PHS 615 Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacogenetics 2
PHS 622 Formulation and Manufacturing Laboratory 2
PHS 631 Medical Diagnostics 3
PHS 632 Medical Devices 3
PHS 690A Summer Internship in Pharmaceutical Sciences I 3
PHS 690B Summer Internship in Pharmaceutical Sciences II 3
Research (Minimum of 6 Credits Required)
PHS 701 Research in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences 6
Thesis (Required)
PHS 697 Thesis 6

M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrates general knowledge of the elements of the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences and detailed knowledge in his or her area of research, including current research literature, policies and procedures, and methodology pertaining to the field
  2. Advances biomedical or pharmaceutical sciences by synthesizing new ideas, designing, and conducting original research
  3. Effectively communicates scientific principles, ideas, and research results with different audiences at an appropriate level
  4. Fosters advancement of the profession and biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences by actively participating in professional activities and societies

+ - Why Choose CUSP?

CUSP will provide students with a solid foundation in an integrated and interdisciplinary program within the pharmaceutical sciences that combines:

  • A comprehensive education and training to include strong foundational pharmaceutical sciences knowledge, ethics, and regulatory issues related to research trials from bench work to translational science
  • Leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship in drug and medical devices development through didactic course work and active-learning internships
  • Course work that broadens the trainees’ background to complement research development in future Ph.D. programs or career opportunities in the industry
  • An optional global experience that combines research, language immersion and an understanding of cultural nuances

+ - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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. Pharmacists are primarily focused on patients. They work to advance health and patient care through the appropriate 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). The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) publishes annual salary data for pharmaceutical scientists at http://www.aaps.org/salary/.

Source: AAPS

Does MS program require accreditation?

No, there are no requirements for accreditation, certification, or licensing associated with the MSPS degree. Chapman University is 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
  • An official transcript from the bachelor’s degree-granting institution
  • A resume or CV with any relevant experience

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 applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTEA.  A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based), IELTS score of 6.5, or PTEA score of 53 is required.  International applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a university in the United States or in another country where English is the primary language are not required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTEA examination.
  • 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?

Spring 2017 (courses start in early January)

October 1, 2016

Fall 2016 (courses start in late August)

June 1, 2017

When can I enroll into the program?

Applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring trimesters.

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 with year-round attendance. Please visit the Chapman University Tuition & Fees Information page for detailed information.  Textbooks are provided by the program for most classes. Students are responsible for their own housing and other related expenses.

Is there any financial assistance or tuition waiver plans?

Qualified MS students are eligible to receive assistance from CUSP in the form of paid research or classroom assistant positions on a space-available basis. The University’s financial aid office can provide more comprehensive information on other forms of federal, state or private funding: (714) 997-6741 or gradfinaid@chapman.edu.

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 at 9401 Jeronimo Rd. 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 a few miles of the Rinker Health Science Irvine campus. A list of local apartment complexes, housing options, and other related resources is available on the CUSP Housing page http://www.chapman.edu/pharmacy/housing.aspx

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

Yes, students who have completed the MSPS degree can apply for the Pharm.D. program. They must fulfill the Pharm.D admission and pre-requisite requirements like all other applicants.