Collage of Pharmaceutical Sciences students in the lab at the Rinker Campus
School of Pharmacy

» Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Program Highlights: Part-time program options available for working professionals

  • Students work one-on-one with a faculty advisor
  • Located near biomedical, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies in Irvine, California
  • Graduates are positioned to work as researchers in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industry at universities, government, non-profit agencies, and at national laboratories such as the National Institute of Health
  • Research areas include: Drug Design and Discovery/Medicinal Chemistry; Microbiology/Immunology; Molecular Endocrinology; Pathophysiology; Pharmaceutics, Drug Delivery and Pharmacokinetics; Pharmacology; Structural Biology; and Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy
#35 among US schools of Pharmacy for extramural research funding
#37 for NIH funding
50% continue to PhD or other doctoral programs
20% of alumni work in the industry

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
  • Coursework that broadens your background to complement research development in future Ph.D. programs or career opportunities in the industry

Recent Alumni

Bella Sharifi, MSPS ’19
Bella Sharifi, MSPS ’19 received the Outstanding Research Award for her platform presentation at the second Chapman University School of Pharmacy Research Day. She is working as associate research scientist at Sartorius Group in Fremont, California, doing assay and product development.
Mahshid Amini, MSPS ’19
Mahshid Amini, MSPS ’19 is a process development research associate at Amgen Biopharmaceutical Company. Mahshid’s responsibilities include supporting drug development and research on attribute impact on biotherapeutic safety and efficacy.
Hung Do, MSPS ’16
Hung Do, MSPS ’16 is a drug safety officer with the FDA. He received a Chapman Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019 and is on the board of Chapman’s Industry Partners Council.

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