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» Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ph.D.) is a year-round program for students interested in diverse research areas such as:

  • drug design and discovery
  • medicinal chemistry
  • pharmaceutics
  • pharmacology
  • drug delivery
  • pharmacokinetics
  • structural biology or microbiology

A minimum of 3-4 years of study will be required depending on prior academic experience.

Graduates of the program can use their training to pursue a variety of career opportunities in academia and 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 government and non-profit agencies, and at national laboratories such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

How Can I Learn More about the Ph.D. program?

+ - Admissions Information

How to Apply

  • A graduate application is available at www.chapman.edu/gradapply
  • A master'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 GPA of 3.0 or higher. An M.D., D.V.M., or Pharm.D. from a U.S. institution will be considered in lieu of a master's degree. 
  • Minimum GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test scores:
    • Verbal: 500/153 (old vs. revised GRE scores)

    • Quantitative: 550/146

    • Analytical Writing: 4.0/4.0

  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic abilities
  • A personal statement of approximately 1-2 pages in length, double-spaced, which includes: a) your interest in the Ph.D. program at Chapman; b) your research goals; c) your career goals
  • Official transcripts from the bachelor's and master's degree-granting institution(s)
  • A resume or CV with any relevant experience

Application Deadline

Fall 2017 (courses start in late August)

June 1, 2017

*Students are admitted for the Fall term only.

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), 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 International Supplemental Application Guide

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

+ - Curriculum

The Ph.D. degree requires completion of at least 62 credits. These include 26 credits of core courses, 6 credits of seminar, at least 6 credits of electives, and a minimum of 24 credits of dissertation and research courses. The program culminates in a dissertation based on original research. This will present the student with the opportunity, under the supervision of a faculty advisor, to tailor his or her academic program towards a chosen career path.

Core Courses Credits
Ethics, Regulations, and the Pharmaceutical Pipeline 2
Drug Discovery and Development 3
Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics 3
Principles of Drug Action 4
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing 2
Pharmaceutical Analysis 3
Research Rotations 3
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology I 3
Biostatistics 3
Seminar Course
Seminar in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences 6
Elective Courses
Biologics 2
Pharmacogenomics 2
Formulation and Manufacturing Laboratory 2
Medical Diagnostics 3
Medical Devices 3
Structural Biology 2
Proteomics 3
Advanced Pharmacokinetics 3
Immunology and Microbiology 3
Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Antibiotics  2
Summer Internship in Pharmaceutical Sciences 3
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology II 3
Research (Minimum of 12 credits Required)
Research in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences 12
Dissertation
Dissertation 12

Chapman M.S.P.S. graduates are credited for 20 M.S.P.S. core and/or elective lecture course credits. They will require a minimum of 12 lecture course credits (including 6 credit hours of courses not offered in the M.S.P.S. program). M.S. graduates from other institutions are credited to a maximum of 12 course credits towards the core and/or elective lecture courses, based on the relevance of prior course work as determined by the department. They are required to complete 20-32 credits of lecture courses.

+ - Why Choose CUSP?

CUSP will provide students with a personalized, interdisciplinary approach to education and research that combines a comprehensive education in the foundations of pharmaceutical sciences, ethics, and regulatory issues related to research trials from bench work to translational science with experience in leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Students will focus on areas of critical need for current and future pharmaceutical products, including:

  • New Biological Entities
  • New Chemical Entities
  • New Processes for Delivery
  • Formulation and Manufacturing
  • Ethics and Regulatory Aspects of Drug Development

+ - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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 Ph.D. program require accreditation?

The Ph.D. program 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 master'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 GPA of 3.0 or higher. An M.D., D.V.M., or Pharm.D. from a U.S. institution will be considered in lieu of a master's degree. 
  • Minimum GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test scores:
    • Verbal: 500/153 (old vs. revised GRE scores)

    • Quantitative: 550/146

    • Analytical Writing: 4.0/4.0

  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic abilities
  • A personal statement of approximately1-2 pages in length, double-spaced, which includes: a) your interest in the Ph.D. program at Chapman; b) your research goals; c) your career goals
  • Official transcripts from the bachelor's and master's degree-granting institution(s)
  • A resume or CV with any relevant experience

International Applicants

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), 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

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

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

A master's degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology, or another related field is required for admission. An M.D., D.V.M., or Pharm.D. from a U.S. institution will be considered in lieu of a master's degree. 

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

Fall 2017 (courses start in late August)

June 1, 2017

Students are admitted for the Fall term only.

Can I transfer from another program into the Chapman’s Ph.D. 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 $46,800 per year (three trimesters of year-round attendance). A minimum of 3-4 years of study will be required depending on prior academic experience. For qualified students, there will be a substantial tuition reduction (75%).

Is there any financial assistance or tuition waiver plans?

Qualified students in the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences may be eligible to receive a need-based partial tuition scholarship and apply for paid research or teaching assistantships. 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. Students should also explore the National Health Service financial aid site at http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/.

Other links to Fellowship or Scholarship programs:

American Chemical Society Awards

http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/awards.html

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Research Opportunities

http://orise.orau.gov/science-education/internships-scholarships-fellowships/graduates.aspx

American Association of University Women Awards

http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

https://www.pdsoros.org/apply

PhRMA Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

http://www.phrmafoundation.org/2015-awards/pre-doctoral-fellowship-awards/

U.S. Pharmacopeia Global Fellowship Program

http://www.usp.org/global/outreach-and-exchange-programs/global-fellowship-program

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