Skaggs School of Pharmacy

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UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Parent institution
University of California, San Diego
DeanJames McKerrow, Ph.D, M.D.
Academic staff
Location, ,
32°52′26″N 117°14′10″W / 32.874°N 117.236°W / 32.874; -117.236Coordinates: 32°52′26″N 117°14′10″W / 32.874°N 117.236°W / 32.874; -117.236

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is a graduate-level pharmacy school at the University of California, San Diego. It offers five educational programs:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree awarded in a four-year program
  • Joint Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry and Pharm.D. degree awarded in a seven-year program in cooperation with UCSD's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Ph.D. degree in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences
  • Post Pharm.D. pharmacy practice and specialty residencies and research fellowships
  • A continuing education program for practicing pharmacists.

Prior to the establishment of the school, San Diego was the largest metropolitan city in the USA without a local pharmacy school.[2]


The Skaggs School was authorized by the Regents of the University of California in July 2000.[3] The school was named on November 4, 2004 in recognition of a $30 million gift, the largest ever to UC San Diego Health Sciences, from the Skaggs Institute of Research.[4] The inaugural class began in the Fall of 2002 with 25 Doctorate of Pharmacy students, and graduated the first class of students in the Spring of 2006.

On May 2, 2006, the school opened the doors of its new four story and 110,000-square-foot (10,000 m2) facility to house all of its academic and research operations.[5]


As of 2015, enrollment is 240 Pharm.D. students, 60 Ph.D. students and 30 pharmacy residents. The school accepts 60 Pharm.D. students per year.


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