4 years
Jan Aug
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Local students
USD 279,000
Foreign students
USD 279,000
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

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).

Entry Requirements

  • 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.

English Requirements:

  • 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.