Northeastern University
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  February 1, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Once matriculated as a Northeastern University PharmD student, the university provides the option of applying for a PharmD/MPH program dual degree option. If you are interested in finding out more about the dual degree, please contact
    • 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: Sunday, October 1, 2017 
      • Details: On-Campus Open Houses: Northeastern will hold graduate open houses on which include an information session for our Direct-Entry PharmD program. To register, please see the following webpage: Please check our website at for further opportunities to visit campus or to participate in a virtual open house.  
      • Dates: Fall Virtual Open House TBA 
      • Details: Virtual Open House: TBA For more information, email  
    • 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:

  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 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:">


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 120-150
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 40 - 55
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 145
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 90-95
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: N/A
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20 -27
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: N/A

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 54 or more
    • 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: Spring 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 54 or more   
      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  3 or 4  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 (various Human Anatomy and Physiology course sequences may be acceptable)  N/A 
      Human Physiology II with Lab (various Human Anatomy and Physiology course sequences may be acceptable)  N/A 
      Biochemistry  3 or 4  N/A 
      Physics with Lab  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 spring 2018 semester
      2. have completed all prerequisite courses required by Northeastern by the end of the spring 2018 semester (see prerequisite list)
      3. have taken and reported a PCAT exam score to PharmCAS



      * A course sequence of Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, totaling 8 credits or more and including a lab component, may be considered for the Physiology requirement

      * AP Credits that have been accepted and are listed on the transcript of an accredited institution, may be considered to fulfill prerequisite coursework


      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.




    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January, 2016
      • Details: 

        EARLY DECISION APPLICANTS:  PCAT scores must be posted in PharmCAS by October interview date.


        REGULAR DECISION APPLICANTS: PCAT score is required, please indicate your test score date on the application.

      • 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.  TOEFL may be waived if student attended an English speaking university for four years.

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

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • 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): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: February 1, 2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Students from school systems that use English as the primary language (Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, etc.) do not need to verify their transcripts. Transcripts in languages other than English must be verified by WES and submitted through PharmCAS. A course-by-course GPA and degree equivalency evaluation is required.  (other verification agencies will not be accepted) 

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

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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • October Early Decision TBA 
      • Saturday, November 18, 2017 
      • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 
      • Friday, January 5, 2018 
      • Saturday, February 3, 2018 
      • Friday, March 16, 2018 
    • Details: 

      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 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. 



  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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.
    • 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 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? Yes
      • 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 
      • Details: Classes for PharmD typically begin two days after Labor Day - New student orientation for PharmD students occurs during the one week period prior to the start of classes.
      • Tuesday, September 5, 2017 
      • Details: Dates are tentative. Orientation takes place on two separate days, both required.
    • 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
      • Details: