Northeastern University
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  January 4, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Northeastern's PharmD program offers both freshman entry (0 - 6/early assurance) as well as direct-entry admission into the P1 year of the program. See "Program Prerequisite" section for details.

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Trimester
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: Northeastern offers a 0 - 6 program for graduating high school students. It also offers direct-entry admission into the first professional (P1) year of the program for post baccalaureate (in any field) applicants who have completed all course requirements. See the Northeastern University School of Pharmacy webpage for details:
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Friday, November 21, 2014  
      • Dates: Friday, December 19, 2014 
      • Details: For information about open houses, tours and health science information days, please contact our admission office at 617-373-2200 or visit the website at 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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 second 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 0 – 6 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.


    Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree:  The PharmD degree has multiple pathways for admission.  Please see the Prerequisite Section of School Information page for details about:
    1. Direct-Entry Admission into the First Professional Year (P1)
    2. Freshmen Admission (0-6, Early-Assurance)
    3. Transfer Admission

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    Statistics for 2012-13 Freshmen Admission (0-6) Only: 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 1443
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 580
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 139
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 141
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 392
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 392
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 27%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 73%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.9
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: 20-30
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 0 years
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 18-19
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 10:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 56
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 56   
      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 
      General Psychology  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  N/A 
      Human Physiology II with Lab  N/A 
      Biochemistry  N/A 
      Physics with Lab  N/A 
    • Additional Information: 


      Three pathways for Admission to PharmD:


      1.  Freshman Admission (0-6, early assurance)

      2.  Direct-Entry Admission into P1 Year

      3.  Transfer Admission


      1.  0-6 PharmD:  Northeastern offers a 0-6 (early-assurance) pathway for admission.   High school students can apply for the 0 – 6 program utilizing the Common Application.   A majority of seats are filled through this admission pathway.   The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is not required for the 0 – 6 pathway. 


      2.  Direct-Entry into First Professional (P1) year of PharmD program:  There are seats available for admission into the P1 year, based on enrollment capacity.  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 spring 2015 semester
      2. have completed all prerequisite courses required by Northeastern by the end of the spring 2015 semester (see prerequisite list)
      3. have completed their prerequisite college coursework at a US school


      Students meeting these three criteria should apply through PharmCAS application.  A PCAT exam is required for direct-entry admission.  Exam must have been taken no earlier than May of 2013.  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 post-graduate students, and in accordance with graduate standards, must maintain at least an overall GPA of 3.0 throughout the program.


      3.  Transfer Admission:  Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree OR do not meet all of the above course requirements may be considered through our undergraduate transfer admission process.  Any applicant with foreign course work to be considered as a prerequisite must apply via this pathway.  Students applying for transfer admission need to visit  and complete the Common Application, selecting “pharmacy” and “transfer admission”

      For admission questions, please dial 617-373-7000.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: May, 2013
      • Details: 

        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in July, September or October 2014 to ensure receipt of score in a timely manner.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        For students whose native language is not English, a proof of English language proficiency is required.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required

  11. Residency ↑ 

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

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • 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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
    • Details: 

      Students with non-US prerequisite coursework may apply through the undergraduate admissions process at utilizing the Common Application.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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: 

      At least one of the letters of reference 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
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
    • Interview Dates:
      • February/March 
    • Details: 

      Interviews will be held in February and March.  Qualified Direct-entry (PharmCAS) applicants will be contacted to schedule interview times.  Interview days will include an overview of the program, meetings with faculty and students, and a tour of the campus.


      For students accepted via the 0-6 PharmD pathway, an interview is held during the sophomore year (the 2nd year of pre-pharmacy).  Students must demonstrate, through a personal interview:  good verbal and written communication skills; understanding of the profession of pharmacy; and a commitment to patient care; based on criteria set by the Doctor of Pharmacy program. 

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? All decisions will be communicated via the PharmCAS system no later than April 1, 2015.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? May 1, 2015
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: May 1, 2015
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Details: Orientation is typically held on the Tuesday after Labor Day.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: The first day of classes is typically held on the Tuesday after Labor Day. Please see the registrar's website for more detailed information:
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No