Northeastern University (PharmD only)

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Chair, School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee

Direct-Entry Admissions, Office of the Dean

Northeastern University
School of Pharmacy R218 TF
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Phone (Work): 617-373-7000

Phone (Fax): 617-373-7655


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Northeastern PharmD runs on a trimester basis. Please see our website for curriculum and schedule:
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: Direct-entry admission into the first professional (P1) year of the program is offered through PharmCAS. Students must have completed a bachelor's degree (in any field) and all prerequisite course requirements, and must take the PCAT exam. Northeastern also offers an early-assurance admission pathway for graduating high school students. For details on the curriculum, see the Northeastern University School of Pharmacy webpage:
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    September 12, 2018


    We will participate in the AACP Virtual Open House on September 12, 2018. Details to be provided on our website: On-Campus Open Houses: Northeastern holds graduate open houses twice per year. Dates will be announced on the website along with registration information.

  • Dates

    Fall Virtual Open House TBA


    Virtual Open House: September 12, 2018 For more information, email

  • Dates



Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Northeastern has an early assurance program offered to graduating high school seniors. P1 year admission to the program occurs via PharmCAS application only.
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

Why Choose Northeastern?

The University:  Northeastern University is a private, research university located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts.  The beautiful main campus is situated on 73 acres in Boston’s cultural district and is comprised of 47 academic and administrative buildings, 37 residential facilities and six athletic/recreation facilities. Boston has an international reputation for excellence in health care and Northeastern is in close proximity to three medical schools and many of the country’s best hospitals, medical centers and biotechnology companies.   Northeastern is innovative, research-oriented, interdisciplinary, and a world leader in cooperative education.  During the past seven years, Northeastern has designed a strategy for success and pursued it with unwavering focus.  It has achieved top rankings from numerous external organizations and continues its unprecedented momentum as a world class institution:

School of Pharmacy:  With an average class size of 145 students, the School of Pharmacy provides the personal attention of a small program backed by the resources and opportunities of a large university - the best of both worlds.  As part of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences (which also houses the schools of health science and nursing) the School of Pharmacy embraces an interdisciplinary emphasis that reflects today’s team approach to health care.  State-of-the-art labs, high tech classrooms, and affiliations with more than 120 teaching sites, provide our students with the required tools for innovative and interactive learning.


The school continues to stand out with respect to academic quality, experiential education and use-inspired research.  The school currently ranks first in NIH funding among private schools of pharmacy and its faculty are recognized on both national and international stages.  Research areas include drug discovery and delivery, nanotechnology and biotechnology, community health research, cancer research and neurodegenerative disease research. 

The “Co-op Advantage”, Experiential Education within the School of Pharmacy:  The proximity to Boston’s world renowned health care institutions provides the backdrop for a cooperative/experiential education program that is second to none.  Our affiliations with such institutions provide our students with a variety of exceptional introductory (IPPE) and advanced (APPE) pharmacy practice experiences.  At the heart of the Northeastern model is the cooperative education (co-op) program, the only program of its kind among US pharmacy schools.  Co-ops are four month experiences that fulfill the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) which is required in all pharmacy schools.  Unique to Northeastern, co-ops also allow students to earn income to offset some of their educational costs.  All PharmD students are required to complete both a community and an institutional experience.  Please see the direct-entry PharmD and the Early Assurance PharmD curriculum grids for more information:

Student Life:   Northeastern’s vibrant campus is one of a kind, a sanctuary of lush green spaces and tree-lined pathways that’s located right in the heart of Boston. With the city as our backyard, Northeastern and our students are an integral part of the local community, a connection that makes life on campus active, creative, collaborative, and always interesting.  There are more than 330 student clubs and organizations on campus, each offering dynamic opportunities for cultural, recreational, intellectual, and spiritual engagement.  (read more at The School of Pharmacy houses eleven highly active pharmacy-related student organizations, providing opportunities for leadership, engagement and service learning.


Beyond the PharmD:  Whether it's placement in a post-graduate fellowship or residency, passing the NAPLEX exam, securing employment, or pursuing an advanced degree, Northeastern students are well-prepared and poised to succeed.  See our latest accomplishments here:">


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 120-160
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 70 - 80
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 145
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 70
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: prefer 3.0 or higher
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: prefer 3.0 or higher
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: prefer top 50th percentile score
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 35%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: N/A
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20 -30
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: N/A

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Bachelor's Degree Required
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: minimum 38
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total Bachelor's Degree Required   
General Chemistry I with Lab   N/A 
General Chemistry II with Lab   N/A 
General Biology I with Lab   N/A 
General Biology II with Lab   N/A 
Calculus   N/A 
Psychology OR Sociology OR Social Science Course   N/A 
English - Intensive Writing Course   N/A 
Arts or Humanities Elective  N/A 
Organic Chemistry I with Lab  N/A 
Organic Chemistry II with Lab  N/A 
Human Physiology I with Lab (see note below for details)   N/A 
Human Physiology II (see note below for details)  N/A 
Biochemistry  N/A 
Physics  N/A 

Additional Information

Direct-Entry into First Professional (P1) year of PharmD program:  Students who wish to apply for P1 admission through the PharmCAS application must  


  1. have a bachelor’s degree (in any field) at the end of the summer 2019 semester
  2. have completed all prerequisite courses required by Northeastern by the end of the summer 2019 semester (see prerequisite list)
  3. have taken and reported a PCAT exam score to PharmCAS. Test dates accepted:  January 2018 - February 2019. 



Notes on fulfilling the Human Physiology I and II Course Sequence:  

A total of 8 semester hours of HUMAN-based Physiology and Anatomy are required by the program (must include at least one lab).  Courses designed for health professions are highly preferred.  Please check with an advisor at your school to see which courses fit these requirements at your institution.  If a general anatomy or physiology course is taken, 80% of the course content must be based on HUMAN systems.  Most students fulfill this requirement by taking:

OPTION 1:  Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Human Anatomy and Physiology II (at least one lab as part of sequence)

OPTION 2:  Human Physiology I and Human Anatomy I (at least one lab as part of sequence)

OPTION 3:  Human Physiology I and Human Physiology II (at least one lab as part of sequence)



* AP Credits are accepted for prerequisites.  AP credit MUST be listed on undergraduate transcript. 


Direct-entry students who meet criteria above, and who are accepted and matriculate into the P1 year of the program, will join the program as graduate students, and in accordance with graduate standards, must maintain at least an overall GPA of 3.0 throughout the program.




AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January, 2017

To register for PCAT, visit:

Northeastern University requires all applicants, including international applicants, to take the PCAT exam. There are some PCAT exam testing centers outside of the United States. Please see Pearson’s VUE website for more information:


EARLY DECISION APPLICANTS:  PCAT scores must be posted in PharmCAS by October interview date.  Applicants may opt to upload preliminary scores into their PharmCAS application while waiting for the official scores to arrive. 


REGULAR DECISION APPLICANTS: PCAT score is required to be considered for an interview, please indicate your test score date on the application.  Applicants may opt to upload preliminary scores to expedite consideration for interview (an official score must eventually be received).

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



For students whose native language is not English, a proof of English language proficiency is required.  TOEFL may be waived if student received a degree from an institution where courses are taught only through English.  Generally, TOEFL scores between 100 - 120 are acceptable.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: February 1, 2018 Received by deadline

Northeastern University accepts international students and considers foreign prerequisite courses and degrees. However, we do not allow domestic based or international students to enter the program with advanced academic standing. All successful applicants must complete the four full professional years at Northeastern in order to receive a PharmD.


Students from school systems that use English as the primary language (Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, etc.) do not need to verify their transcripts.

Non-English language transcripts must be submitted for verification through World Education Services (WES) Inc.  A course-by-course GPA and degree equivalency evaluation is required.  International applicants are also required to submit official transcripts or a scanned version of the official transcript from the international institution. For more information about WES please see below.

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087


Please note that international students are required to complete all prerequisite coursework prior to matriculating.  Missing prerequisite work may prevent a student from being invited to interview. Exceptions are not made for international students, in relation to number of accredited hours earned or grades obtained. For more information about number of accredited hours required please, visit our website at: .



International students whose country does not use English as the primary language must take a standardized language test called the TOEFL.  Generally, TOEFL scores between 100 and 120 are acceptable.  Students who have attended a US, English speaking school do not need to fulfill this requirement. 

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Letters of reference must be received from three different individuals.  At least one of those letters should be from EITHER a science teacher or registered pharmacist.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Science)


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
  • Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Friday, March 29, 2019

Qualified PharmCAS applicants will be contacted to schedule interview times, and submit preferences for an interview date.  Interviews take place in-person on the Northeastern University campus in Boston, MA from October through March.  Due to the limited number of seats in the program, admission will take place on a rolling basis.  Students will typically be given at least two weeks notice prior to the interview date, though we try to provide earlier lead time to those traveling longer distances.  At least an unofficial PCAT score, as well as all three letters of reference, must be submitted in order to be considered for an interview.


Interview days will include an overview of the program, meetings with faculty and students, Multiple Mini Interviews, and a tour of the campus.  You will have an opportunity to meet with student ambassadors, alumni and faculty to ask questions and get a flavor for the Northeastern experience.  Co-op is a unique feature of the Northeastern PharmD program, and you will have an opportunity to hear first-hand about the amazing experiential education available to you in the greater Boston area and beyond. 



Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters will be mailed following the applicant interview, typically no later than three weeks following the interview. Top students may qualify for a School of Pharmacy Dean's Scholarship (no application is required, applicants are automatically considered when they apply). Selected students will be notified within two weeks of acceptance letter.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? An email response from students is due 14 days from the date of the admission notification. Students who accept the offer must submit a non refundable deposit of $500.00 which must be mailed to the school, postmarked no later than 30 days from date of the admission letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500.00
Due: Postmarked 30 days from admission notice
Refundable? No
Details: The total deposit submitted by the student is credited to the students' fall tuition.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • TBA
First day of classes and/or matriculation: The first day of PharmD classes is typically held on the Wednesday after Labor Day. Please see the Northeastern University Registrar's website for more detailed information about the full academic schedule. The PharmD program follows the "Undergraduate Day" schedule:
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No