»M.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences

A Unique Program in a Strategic Location

Beginning Fall 2014, Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) will offer a 2-year, year-round thesis Master of Science in the Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS) for students interested in a broad range of scientific disciplines critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies. 

Graduates of the program can pursue a variety of career opportunities in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. A number of pharmaceutical, biomedical, and medical device companies are located both in and around the Irvine Rinker Health Science Campus where CUSP is located in Orange County, California. Chapman created this program because company leaders indicate their personnel needs project significant employment opportunities for MSPS graduates. Also, graduates are positioned to work as researchers at universities, for agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which also has a large office in Orange County, U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), and at national laboratories such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

+-Application Deadlines

Priority Consideration: April 3, 2014
Closing Deadline: July 3, 2014

(Subsequently, applications will be accepted until class is full).

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+-Innovative Interdisciplinary Program

CUSP will provide students 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

+-Financial Aid and Scholarships

Qualified students for thesis-based M.S. programs are eligible to receive assistance from CUSP in the form of paid research assistant positions. The University’s financial aid office can provide more comprehensive information on other forms of federal, state or private funding: (714) 997-6741 or finaid@chapman.edu

+-Admission Requirements for both Thesis and Non-Thesis M.S.

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; and e) preference for the thesis or non-thesis M.S.
  • A copy of official transcript from the bachelor’s degree granting institution

 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 students whose native language is not English or who have not completed their bachelor’s degree at an English-speaking institution must submit results of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTEA.  International students who have completed their undergraduate degree at an accredited U.S. college or university do not need to submit test scores.  A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based), IELTS score of 6.5, or PTEA score of 53 are required. 
  • Complete the Graduate International Student Supplemental Form

+-Required Courses

MSPS students must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours to fulfill the requirements for the program. Required courses (24 credits) for MS students are listed below. The remaining 9 credit requirements are completed through elective courses and thesis research. Programs of study are developed individually in consultation with the students’ mentor and are designed to ensure expertise in the students’ principal field. This will present students with the opportunity, under the supervision of the MSPS Program Advisor, to tailor their academic program to prepare them for the specific career paths they choose.

PHS601 Ethics, Regulation, and the Pharmaceutical Pipeline (2 credits)

PHS602 Drug Discovery and Development (3 credits)

PHS641 Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences I (1 credit)

PHS690A Summer Internship in Pharmaceutical Sciences I (3 credits)

PHS621 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Processes (3 credits)

PHS614 Biologics (3 credits)

PHS642 Seminar in Pharmaceutical Sciences II (1 credit)

PHS623 Pharmaceutical Analysis (4 credits)

PHS690B Summer Internship in Pharmaceutical Sciences II (3 credits)

PHS698 Capstone Presentation (1 credit)

Elective Courses

PHS611 Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (4 credits)

PHS612 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry (3 credits)

PHS613 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)

PHS622 Formulation and Manufacturing Laboratory (2 credits)

PHS615 Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacogenetics (3 credits)

PHS631 Medical Diagnostics (3 credits)

PHS632 Medical Devices (3 credits)

PHS701 Research in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (3–6 credits for non–thesis option, 6–12 credits for thesis option)

PHS702 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Methods (3-6 credits)

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