What is the MSP curriculum like?
The Master of Science in Pharmacology (MSP) is a two-year, 100% online degree program. The MSP degree program requires 39 units of coursework, including 3 units of a capstone project. All courses in the program are required. For more details, please visit our Curriculum page.

Is the MSP program online?
Yes, our program is online. The only exception is the first course, PHARM 270, which is a one-week on-campus course that is given the first week of Year 1. This week also serves as an orientation to the 2-year program and provides an excellent opportunity to get acquainted face-to-face with the faculty and your cohort peers. However, if necessary, an online option for this course can be arranged.

Who is on the faculty?
The UCI Pharmacology faculty members teaching in the Master of Science in Pharmacology degree program share a strong foundation in the fields of pharmacology and drug discovery. They are renowned nationally and internationally for their scientific research. A number of faculty members have worked in and/or actually founded pharmaceutical companies, so they have industry as well as academic backgrounds. Read more about our outstanding faculty.

Is there a 1-year option for the MSP?
We are currently only offering a 2-year online MSP program.


Who should apply?
We seek to create a community of MSP students who have a passion for pharmacology and wish to advance in their careers. This program is open to any non-traditional student who can benefit from the flexibility and convenience of online, distance learning, both in the U.S. and abroad.

What are the basic requirement for admission?
Students must have a B.S. degree and a minimum of two years of undergraduate coursework related to biology and/or chemistry and a minimum of one year of laboratory experience (e.g., employment, research, coursework). For more information on the specific components of the application process, please refer to the application instructions.

Does the UCI MSP program charge an application fee?
Yes. US citizens and lawful US permanent residents pay a $120 application fee. All other applicants, including international students pay a $140 application fee.

What is the minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score?
The MSP Admission Committee reviews applications holistically. We do not adhere to a strict required minimum score. However, the average score of admitted applicants is 80 iBT (TOEFL) or 7 (IEFLTS).

My transcripts and/or letters of recommendation are not in English. Do I need to have them translated?
Yes. While all official academic records must be issued in their original language, if they are not in English they must be accompanied by English translations. If the institution does not offer English translation, it is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure an English translation is provided. The translation may be done by anyone as long as it is a literal translation, and it need not be certified.

What is the timeline for the admission process?
Applicants will be notified of their admission status on a rolling basis. We encourage you to complete your application as quickly as possible because there are more admission offers available earlier in the cycle. If you submit your application materials early, you may have a competitive advantage.

Is the GRE required?
The GRE exam is not required.

How will I learn whether I have been admitted?
All admission decisions are sent by e-mail to the primary e-mail address you listed on the application form. If you are admitted, you will also receive a hard copy of your admission letter by mail.


How much is tuition?
It is projected that your annual fees will be approximately $21,500 per year* (for two years). For more information about tuition and financial aid, please visit our Program Fee page.

Does the MSP program offer financial aid?
Master’s students are typically self-supported. Because the MSP program is a fully accredited graduate degree, enrolled students from the U.S. (citizens and eligible non-citizens) are eligible to apply for specific federal loan programs. For more information about financial aid, please visit our Program Fee page.

Where can I send further questions?
If you have additional questions about the MSP program, please email us at

*Program fees subject to change.