The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to admissions to assess a candidate
for our Pharm.D. program.
Our 2.75 GPA metric is important, but many other features of a candidate’s background
are thoroughly reviewed to include, but not limited to; letters of recommendation,
application essay, supplemental questions, leadership and volunteer experience (pharmacy-related
and other), work experience, co-curricular activities, motivation, candidate’s background,
and the desire to become a pharmacist.
The Admission Committee is dedicated to selecting a quality, diverse cohort of students
that will strive in our program.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE Pharm.D. PROGRAM
Submission of ALL application materials by the application deadline, including:
- Application via PharmCAS – PharmCAS (The Pharmacy College Application Service) is a national application to apply to most
pharmacy schools in the United States.
- Send official transcripts directly to PharmCAS
- Three letters of recommendation (recommendation form is in the PharmCAS application)
- *Only complete applications will be reviewed.
The minimum science GPA to apply is 2.75. Applicants need to show their ability to
perform well academically to succeed in a professional program and a rigorous curriculum.
The committee looks at several GPAs (e.g., Science GPA, Overall GPA, Pre-req GPA,
and even by year and specific subjects and classes).
- Be prepared to think, analyze, and solve problems in the pharmaceutical sciences critically.
- Communicate verbally and in writing with members of the scientific community.
- Demonstrate a thorough grasp of fundamental knowledge and understanding of pharmaceutical
concepts and be capable of integration of such topics; and
- Embrace scientific ethics as exemplified by faculty and outlined in NIH Guidelines
for Conduct of Research
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS AND ESSAYS
The supplemental questions on the PharmCAS application allow you to reveal your thoughts
about your strengths as a person and areas of personal development you believe you
need to improve. The essay communicates motivation, goals, circumstances, and experiences
related to a pharmacy career. Candidates should provide complete and in-depth information
in response to the supplemental questions and essay topics in PharmCAS.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Three letters are required from separate references (PharmCAS accepts up to four).
The Admissions Committee requires letters from (1) a pharmacist and (2) a science
professor (3) a professional that can vouch for your character. A reference can be
anyone who knows you well who is not a relative. For example, this can be a supervisor
or other professional.
Student organizations, community service, volunteering, and work experience are just
a few examples. Leadership experiences are highly valued. While pharmacy experience
is not a requirement for admission, it is strongly recommended. The experience gained
by being exposed to pharmacy practice is invaluable and also provides the opportunity
to establish a relationship with a pharmacist that may later be used as a reference.
Once the Admissions Committee reviews the applicant’s file, selected candidates will
be notified via email, inviting the applicant for an interview.
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