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/.
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
- Chemistry with lab
- Intro to Genetics
- 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 2017 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.