Northeastern University
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  January 6, 2014

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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:
      • 0-6 (no prepharmacy requirements)
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: We are accepting a small number of graduate-entry students that will be admitted directly into the P1 year.
    • Open House Information:
      • Details: For information about open houses, tours and health science days, please contact our admissions office at 617-373-2200 or visit their website at Dates for transfer information sessions are Friday 11/15/13 and Friday 12/13/13. Please register via the contacts listed above. 
    • 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 ↑ 

    Founded in 1898, Northeastern University distinguishes itself as a private research university that is student-centered, practice-oriented and urban. Northeastern University has developed a national reputation as a leader in cooperative education. This educational method offers students the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience in carefully selected work environments as an essential and complementary part of their education. Cooperative experiences also allow students to earn income to offset some of their educational costs. 


    The Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, which is part of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, is committed to preparing well-educated pharmacists who will be able to meet society's professional, legal and ethical expectations for delivering quality patient care in a variety of health care settings.


    The setting for Northeastern's dynamic learning experience is our sixty-six-acre campus, which the Chronicle of Higher Education has named one of the most attractive urban campuses in the world. The urban location of the Northeastern Campus ensures that there is always plenty of student housing. The resident halls on campus provide affordable, safe housing for new and continuing students. 


    Home to more than sixty colleges and universities, greater Boston offers an ever-changing kaleidoscope of academic enrichment. Boston has an international reputation for excellence in health care and is home to three medical schools and many of the country's best hospitals, medical centers, and biotechnology companies.


    Best known as the birthplace of the American Revolution, Boston attracts thousands to the historical landmarks of its Freedom Trail including Paul Revere's House, the U.S.S. Constitution, Beacon Hill, and the Boston Common. The Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, Horticultural Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Boston Public Library are also within walking distance of our campus. 


    Northeastern University educates students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment. The Bouvé College of Health Sciences inspires and creates the next generation of interprofessional healthcare leaders for the well-being of our global community. The School of Pharmacy, one of three schools in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, is dedicated to excellence in pharmacy education, research and service, and the provision of quality patient care. Undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students with knowledge, skills and values for careers in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences, and promote intellectual growth and lifelong learning. Through the generation and dissemination of new knowledge in research, and through community and professional service, the school improves the health-related quality of life for society. The PharmD curriculum prepares pharmacists who can assume responsibility for the care of patients and assure the rational use of drug therapy.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 1440
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 439
    • Estimated fall 2013 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 out-of-state applicants accepted: 392
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 27%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 73%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.9
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: N/A
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 30
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.00
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.00
    • 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: 68
    • 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 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 68   
      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 
      General Electives  12  N/A 
    • Additional Information: 


      Pre-requisites Requirements for PharmD Program - Details below for Three Avenues for Admission:


      1:   0–6 PharmD/Freshman-entry

      2:   Transfer Admission into P1 year

      3:   Transfer Admission into undergraduate program


      Note:  Interviews are conducted for all students progressing into or being admitted directly into the P1 year


      1:   0-6 PharmD Program:  Northeastern offers a 0–6 (early assurance) program, and a majority of the seats available in the program are for freshman student admission.  Application for this program is via the Common Application and two deadline are offered to students applying for Fall 2014: Early Action, with a November 1, 2013 deadline; and Regular Decision, with a January 15, 2014 deadline. The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is not required for pre-pharmacy admission.  For additional information about the documents required for admission to this program, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission website at


      2:   Direct Entry Transfer Admissions (P1): A limited number of seats are available for transfer student admission into the first professional (P1) year of the program (fall admission only).  Students who wish to apply for P1 admission through PharmCAS must:

      1.   have a bachelor’s degree; and

      2.   have completed the above listed pre-requisite college coursework by the spring of 2014

      3.   have completed their pre-requisite college coursework at a US school. 


      The PCAT exam is not required.  Direct entry transfer applicants who meet the criteria above and who are accepted and matriculate into the P1 year of the program will join the program as graduate-entry students, and in accordance with graduate school standards, must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 throughout the program


      3:   Transfer Admissions:  Students who do not  have a Bachelor ’s degree or do not meet the above course requirements may be considered for admission through our undergraduate admission process.  Applicants with any non-US coursework should apply through this channel. Please visit our Office of Undergraduate Admission website for more information, including the required application materials and application deadlines:   

      Northeastern University

      360 Huntington Avenue

      Boston, MA 02115


      For further information for applicants to the 0-6 PharmD/freshman entry or transfer applicants (who have not completed their Bachelor’s degree or have not met the prerequisite course requirements noted above, contact the

      Office of Undergraduate Admission


      For further information for transfer applicants to the P1 year, via the direct-entry transfer (post-BS) process, visit or contact



  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • 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 who are eligible to apply through the undergraduate admissions process may submit non-US coursework. 

  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
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Politician
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • 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 Dates:
      • Qualified Candidates will be contacted for interview dates in late January/early February. 
    • Details: 

      For students accepted into the 0-6 PharmD program, an interview is held during the sophomore year (the 2nd year of the pre-pharmacy program).  Students must demonstrate, through a personal interview, good verbal and written communication skills, understanding of the pharmacy profession, and a commitment to patient care, based on criteria set by the Doctor of Pharmacy program.  For more information, please see the Bouve College of Health Sciences student manual at the following link: 


      Interview dates for our program for PharmCAS applicants will be announced by January 2013. 

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? April 1
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? May 1
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: May 1
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Details: Summer months
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: September
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No