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Pharmacists are among the most visible health care professions in the nation. Patients visit pharmacies dozens of times a year for new prescriptions, refills and consultations. For many pharmacists, the frequent interaction with patients is one of the most rewarding aspects of their career.

Pharmacy is a rapidly changing field. Pharmacy faces the introduction of new medications, increasingly personalized drug selection and dosing for individuals based on their genetics, and the rising cost of drugs—to name only a few challenges.

Now is the time for pharmacists to practice at the top of their profession as never before. As a system with a culture of collaboration, innovation and service, UC prepares our pharmacy students to meet today’s demanding health care needs.

And, as the pharmacy profession continues to evolve, our schools and faculty are making sure you’re prepared for what’s next.

Leading California — and the Nation

Our pharmacy schools are among the top in the U.S. and the world, according to U.S. News & World Report. As public institutions, they are affordable, high quality options. In fact, the UCI School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences is listed as the most affordable pharmacy degree program in the United States by the College Affordability Guide.

UC San Diego

#18 in Pharmacy (tie)


#2 in Pharmacy

Degree Programs Offered Across the UC System for Pharmacy

UCI* UC San Diego UCSF
BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences PharmD PharmD 
PhD in Pharmacological Sciences Seven-Year BS Chemistry/PharmD PharmD/MSCR (MS in clinical research) 
Post-Baccalaureate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences Dual PharmD/PhD Program PharmD to PhD career path
MS in Pharmacology PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Development MTM (Master of Translational Medicine)
PharmD (Planned for Fall 2021)  MS in Drug Development and Product Management Affiliated PhD programs in Bioengineering, Biological and Medical Informatics (Bioinformatics Pathway), Biophysics, 
Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics

*UCI Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences was founded in 2007. In 2020, the University of California Regents approved the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The first class will enroll in fall 2021.

Pharmacist helping patient

Systemwide Expertise Across California

In California, there is a growing recognition that pharmacists can play crucial roles as members of interprofessional care teams and in settings that focus on public health issues. As a system with six highly respected academic health centers, our pharmacy students have opportunities to collaborate with their health professional peers in our UC Schools of Medicine and more. With peers across the UC family, pharmacy students can draw from a rich alumni network throughout their careers.

Explore patient care within our six academic health centers

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Using Research to Inform Patient Care

At UCH, research continually improves our patient care. In fact, one in seven National Institutes of Health grants is typically given to the University of California. This emphasis on research is exemplified in the pharmaceutical investigation of methodologies to identify individualized therapeutics that are safest and most effective, affordable, and accessible for all patients.

See how University of California Health is challenging the status quo through innovative research