Northeastern University
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  February 1, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Northeastern's PharmD program offers both freshman-entry (early assurance) as well as direct-entry admission into the P1 year of the program.

    • 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 No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • 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.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: Northeastern offers a Early assurance admission pathway for graduating high school students. Direct-entry admission into the first professional (P1) year of the program is offered only through PharmCAS. Students must have completed a bachelor's degree (in any field) and all prerequisite course requirements, and must take the PCAT exam. 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: Saturday, October 3, 2015 
      • Details: Northeastern will hold a graduate open house on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 9:00am, which includes an information session for our Direct-Entry PharmD program. To register, please see the following webpage: (see left side of page)  
    • 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 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 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.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    Northeastern offers early assurance admission for seniors in high school looking to enter pharmacy. The statistics below are reported for 2013-14 freshmen admission ONLY. 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 145
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 445
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 135
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: 125
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: Not available
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 25%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 75%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: N/A
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: N/A
    • 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: 18-27
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: N/A

  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: 

      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 2016 semester
      2. have completed all prerequisite courses required by Northeastern by the end of the spring 2016 semester (see prerequisite list)
      3. have completed their prerequisite college coursework at a US school




      • Coursework needs to be completed at a nationally/regionally accredited U.S. institution
      • 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


      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 2014.  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.




  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: A supplemental application is required for applicants who are invited for an interview. A link to the application will be provided in the interview invitation letter.
      • Deadline: Due on the date of scheduled interview 
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        A short supplemental application is required for applicants who are invited for an interview.  A link to the application will be provided in the interview invitation letter.

  9. Tests ↑ 

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

        EARLY DECISION APPLICANTS:  are encouraged to take PCAT by July 2015, however scores from September 2015 will also be accepted.


        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.

      • 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:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Early Decision Interviews: Saturday, September 26, 2015 
      • Regular Decision Interviews: December 18. 2015 and January 6 and 8, 2016 
      • Later dates may be added 
    • Details: 

      Qualified PharmCAS applicants will be contacted to schedule interview times.  Interviews take place in-person on the Northeastern University campus in Boston, MA from December through February.  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.


      Interview days will include an overview of the program, meetings with faculty and students, 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? A response from students is due two weeks from the date of the admission letter. Students who accept the offer must submit an initial deposit of $100.00 which must be mailed to the school, postmarked no later than 14 days from date of admission letter. The remainder of the deposit (for regular decision applicants only) is due on April 2, 2016.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500 (see details below)
      • Due: $100 due two weeks from acceptance, remainder on April 2, 2016
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: An initial deposit of $100.00 is due two weeks from the letter of admission for all accepted students. * A subsequent deposit of $400.00 is due on April 2, 2016 for regular decision only. The total deposit submitted by the student is credited to the students' fall tuition.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Tuesday, September 6, 2016 
      • Details: Orientation is typically held on the Tuesday after Labor Day.
    • 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