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Chapman University

School of Pharmacy

Irvine, CA

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Introduction | Chapman University School of Pharmacy

Established in 1861, Chapman University is a private, coeducational university located in Orange, California and Irvine, California, in the western region of the United States. 

The Chapman University School of Pharmacy offers a Doctor of Pharmacy, a Master of Science, a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Freshman Early Assurance Program pathway to the Doctor of Pharmacy for gifted high school graduates. The School of Pharmacy is located on the Rinker Health Sciences campus in Irvine, CA, approximately 15 miles from the Chapman Orange campus. 

The 2020 U.S. News & World Report ranks Chapman University as one of the best colleges in America and in 2019, Chapman University was ranked 5th among master’s-level universities in the Western U.S. In 2020, The School of Pharmacy ranked top 100 in the first year it was ranked by this report. The School also ranks in the top third of all schools of pharmacy for its research performance and funding.

Key Facts and Overview | Chapman University School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy offers students an unparalleled experience in the basic pharmaceutical sciences of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, biology and medicinal chemistry. It also offers extensive pharmacy practice opportunities and experiential education beginning immediately in the first year at the pharmacy school. Students use unrivaled, sophisticated research technology in new laboratories and work alongside leading researchers in their field of study. They also work under the direction of world renowned clinical pharmacy faculty who are focused on patient safety and who are practicing daily in leading local hospital and clinic sites using the latest pharmaceutical and biologic therapies. Students are exposed to pharmacogenomics, immunology and administer vaccines to real patients through early experiential learning  

The School of Pharmacy is in close proximity to major pharmaceutical and biotech companies as well as Orange County’s leading health systems. It is an ideal location for building professional connections and working alongside some of the top pharmaceutical researchers and clinical professors in the country. 

Graduates typically find career opportunities in all types of leading practice sites within the community, institutional, and managed care setting. Those focused on research find careers in government, non-profit agencies, and pharmaceutical development laboratories. Employers understand the rigorous and rewarding curriculum the School of Pharmacy offers and are quick to hire Chapman University School of Pharmacy graduates. 

Graduates at the Chapman University School of Pharmacy will receive mentorship by renowned faculty, access to seminars and social events, and exposure to many opportunities to enhance their career in the profession and pharmaceutical industry.

Majors and Degrees | Chapman University School of Pharmacy

Chapman University School of Pharmacy is proud to offer the following graduate and professional degrees: 

M.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences 

Offered as a two-year program, perfect for students interested in a broad range of scientific disciplines critical to the discovery and development of new drugs and therapies.

M.S. Patient Safety

Offered as a two year blended online and on-campus immersion for those interested in positions as chief safety officers within a wide variety of health care delivery settings.

M.S. Regulatory Affairs

Offered as a two year blended online and on-campus immersion for those interested in positions within the pharmaceutical research and development industry or within government agencies around the globe which oversee the development of ethical and over the counter pharmaceutical, biological, and medical device products.

Ph.D. Pharmaceutical Sciences 

Year-round program for students interested in the diverse research areas of drug design and discovery, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, structural biology or social and administrative sciences.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) is a three-year, accelerated, year round trimester based professional degree program which requires at least two years of prerequisite undergraduate study. This program is also unique in its delivery of innovative and student-centered flipped classroom methods of instruction and its leadership in patient safety education. In lieu of constant traditional lecture format classes, faculty curate online homework, reading, practice exercises and internet research before class so that many class sessions will be devoted to application of knowledge, team based problem solving, case discussion and active learning exercises. The goal of the program is to develop knowledgeable, high performing team players.

Admissions | Chapman University School of Pharmacy

Chapman offers students many areas of study; students are encouraged to visit the Chapman University Academics Page to view more information about their school’s admission requirements and application details.  

Prospective students are encouraged to review the graduate application deadlines based on their particular graduate program. Programs that accept applications after the deadline on a space-available basis will be noted. Please visit the Application page to view a particular program application and requirements. 

A non-refundable application fee is $60 through the online application system for certain programs. Students are required to submit all official transcripts; applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received. Most programs require a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Some programs require a statement of intent with specific information included in your statement. 

According to U.S. News & World Report, Chapman University is #87 (tied) in Best Colleges for Veterans. Veterans are encouraged to meet with the Director of Veterans Affairs during the application process by phone or in-person. Veterans can learn more by visiting the Veterans Resource Center.

Costs and Financial Aid | Chapman University School of Pharmacy

Chapman University offers a variety of financial aid options available to help students invest in their higher education and attain their educational goals. Students can view more information about financial aid and cost of attendance at Chapman’s Graduate Financial Aid website. 

Graduate costs and fees vary by college; students can view their particular program on the 2020/2021 Tuition & Fee Information page. 

Students attending the Pharm D. Program will have additional costs associated with their program. Students can view the Pharm D page for more information. 

The Chapman University Harriet S. Salmon Interest Free Loan is an interest free loan awarded through the Office of Financial Aid. For information on eligibility for this type of loan, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 714-997-6741. 

Students interested in need-based financial aid should submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the California Dream Act Application if they are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) Pharmacy Leadership
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Pharmaceutical sciences
Master of Science (MS) Patient safety
Master of Science (MS) Regulatory affairs
Master of Science (MS) Pharmaceutical sciences

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 4
Doctoral Degrees 105

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Alternate accepted
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam PCAT (PharmD), GRE (PhD)
Dissertation for PhD



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Doctoral Degree Exam PCAT (PharmD), GRE (PhD)

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required
IELTS: Required

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 2
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships
Federal Work-Study

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 7.07%
Black or African American 2.69%
White or Caucasian 16%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 59.6%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3.7%
Unknown 0.67%


Male (32%)
Female (67%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 42
Part-time - 4
Male (23)
Female (23)

Location & Contact

Address 9401 Jeronimo Rd
Irvine, CA  92618
United States
Contact Dr. Rennolds Ostrom
Interim Dean
Phone: -516-5486

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