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PhD in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ph.D.BPS)


Tuition waivers and teaching assistantships will be offered to admitted students.


• This is a new program and will begin in the fall of 2024.

• This is a five year program. Years 2-5 costs are TBD.

• Full time is considered 4 units for this program, currently the cost is $893.00 per unit.


  • All budgets are estimated costs and subject to change.
  • The budget is for the student and educational expenses during the period of enrollment only.
Tuition & Fees First Year
12 Months 18 units
Tuition 16,074
Student Body Fees N/A
Graduation Fees N/A
Top Hat 27
Student Health Record Fee 50
Total Tuition and Fees 16,151
Budget Items/Estimated Costs First Year
12 months
Books & Supplies 250
Living Expenses (room + food) 19,536
Misc. Personal Expenses 6,226
Transportation 3,314
Loan Fees First Year
12 months
Direct Unsubsidized Loan Fees 217
Grad PLUS Loan Fees 1,065
Total Estimated Budget (subject to change) 46,759

The Pharmacy program has two disbursements per academic year. One in the fall before school starts and one in the spring.

To see a sample of what your loan repayment schedule may look like, please visit the Federal Student Aid Repayment Estimator Calculator.

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