Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Donald K. Woodward
Associate Dean

Office of the Dean

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
160 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscatway, New Jersey 08854

Phone (Work): 848-445-6250

Phone (Fax): 848-445-5767


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
Application Deadline(s) - For non-PharmCAS participating schools only: 02/01/2019

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: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/M.D.
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: Our program structure is 0-6 (no prepharmacy requirements), but we also take transfer students in the third year (professional year 1).
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
  • Dates


    Please see our website.

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

General Information

One of the nation’s leading pharmacy schools, the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, offers a rigorous six-year pharmacy program at a major research university centrally located in the Northeast metropolitan corridor. Students enjoy challenging academics, close mentorship from a faculty of top scientists and practitioners, and a dynamic clinical experience program. The school ranks among the top 15% of pharmacy schools in NIH research funding, giving students the opportunity to study in an exciting atmosphere of discovery and innovation.

The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy is one of eight schools making up the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) unit. RBHS is NJ's largest and most influential constellation of academic institutions devoted to medicine, dentistry, advanced health-related sciences, pharmacy, public health, nursing, and the full spectrum of health careers.

A prime location in central NJ puts the school in the heart of the state’s strong pharmaceutical industry and within one hour of New York and Philadelphia. New Jersey is home to leading teaching hospitals and clinical care centers as well as 15 of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, making the state a great place to launch a pharmacy career. New Brunswick is a health care hub, hosting the world headquarters of Johnson & Johnson, two major teaching hospitals, and the nation’s largest health sciences university, among other facilities. The school maintains strong connections within the state’s pharmaceutical industry and health care community, leading to academic and clinical opportunities for students.


The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy is a fully accredited, research-intensive school with a strong academic faculty who conduct clinical and basic science research while educating professional pharmacy students and graduate students. The school’s primary mission is to prepare highly proficient pharmacy professionals for leadership roles in our challenging and fast-evolving discipline. The school is also committed to better human health through research that advances understanding of the molecular basis of disease; its pharmacological control; and the development, delivery, and disposition of drugs. To maximize these efforts, the school vigorously pursues multidisciplinary collaborations with Rutgers colleagues in such areas as cancer biology, toxicology, biomedical engineering, health economics, and many others. In addition, as part of Rutgers, New Jersey’s state university, the school serves the state and its citizens as a nexus of pharmaceutical education, science, practice, and policy.


Our six-year professional program leads to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and is grounded in the basic and clinical sciences with an emphasis on patient-centered care. The program comprises two years of preprofessional study followed by four years of professional pharmacy school. Preprofessional courses in the biological, physical, and social sciences and the humanities prepare students to enter 21st-century pharmacy practice as informed, well-rounded citizens.

Clinical experiences begin in the first professional year and progress through all four years, with advanced practice experiences at outstanding teaching and community hospitals, community pharmacies, managed care settings, the pharmaceutical industry, and other specialty practice sites.

Few schools can match the breadth and diversity of our clinical experience program. The Pharm.D. program is structured to develop the high levels of theoretical knowledge and professional skill required in this demanding profession. Our students learn to be independent thinkers, creative problem solvers, and compassionate care givers. Through rigorous coursework and patient-centered professional practice, students become highly knowledgeable about all aspects of drug therapy and highly effective in counseling patients and collaborating with health care professionals. Our graduates are well prepared for professional pharmacy practice in a variety of settings-the community, medical institutions, health care facilities, and the pharmaceutical industry, among others-as well as graduate or professional study.

Admission Requirements

Admission is highly competitive for both first-year students and transfer students. Attention is given to the applicant’s performance in math, science, and English courses. Students must successfully complete a formal interview before entering the first professional year (year 3) of the six-year Pharm.D. program. See details at First-year students apply directly from high school, entering the first pre-professional year.

Admission criteria include class rank, grade point average, grades, strength of academic program, and SAT scores. Applicants are expected to have completed the following coursework:  four years of English; three years of math; two years of one foreign language; one year of biology; one year of chemistry; and five other academic courses, with physics recommended. Greater weight is given to college preparatory, honors, and advanced placement courses. Applicants must apply online by December 1 of their senior year; early action is also available.

Transfer students apply from a two- or four year college, entering the first professional year of the program. (Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree also apply as transfer students.) Applicants are expected to have completed or be in the process of completing the two-year preprofessional coursework. Academic performance, qualitative factors, and interview performance are considered; applicants are strongly encouraged to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). Completed applications must be received by February 1 of the year of expected fall enrollment.

Dual-Degree Programs

Four dual-degree programs allow highly motivated students to reduce the time and costs associated with earning a second degree. Programs offered include Pharm.D. with Ph.D., MBA, MPH, or MD. For more information:


For Further Information


Rutgers Undergraduate Admissions Office

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: estimated 300 for P1
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 220 for P1
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 220 for P1
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: estimated 175
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: Based on quality of applicant pool
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: Based on quality of applicant
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.8
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum at this time.
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 0 years
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 33 %
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 67 %
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.5
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 17-18
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 11:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 60
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 32
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 60   
General Biology I and II and Lab  10  15 
General Chemistry I and II and Lab  14 
Expository Writing (2 semesters) 
Psychology or Sociology 
Organic Chemistry I and II and Lab  10  15 
General Physics I and II and Lab  14 
Systems Physiology or Human Physiology or Mammalian Physiology. Note: 2 semester sequences of Anatomy and Physiology are also accepted (6 credits) 
Statistics (Bio-statistics preferred). 
4 Humanity/Social Science electives  12   

Additional Information

Pre-requisites listed are college courses expected for transfer applicants. Students applying from high school should see:

A two semester sequence of Anatomy and Physiology I and II may be subsitituted for schools not offering a systems physiology course.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

We are not a participating PharmCAS institution


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?



November or earlier is encouraged. We will accept later dates as well.

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



English Proficiency Examination Requirements
Rutgers accepts the following to determine the English proficiency of its international applicants.

•Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

•International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

•Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB)

•Pearson Test of English- Academic (PTE)

•Students who have achieved a grade of B or better in a college-level English Composition course at an accredited US college (not a foreign affiliate) are exempt from the English language proficiency requirement. English courses that are designated ESL, non-native, or which require a special support component, as well as courses taken outside the US, are not acceptable. Please also note that Rutgers University does not accept correspondence or online courses.

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

U.S. citizenship, Permanent Resident, or appropriate Visa status.

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? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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 an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: Feb. 1 Received by deadline

Current secondary/high school students attending international education systems are required to self-report their courses, grades, grade point averages, and rank in-class with Rutgers' free standing online form: the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR).Official documents are required for admitted students to enroll.


Transfer applicants and all enrolling students must submit an official high school/secondary transcript with all courses and final grades or an official copy of your finishing certificate, e.g. O-Level, CXC, IGCSE.


Documents not in English must be accompanied by a translation verified by a language professor or professional translator and must arrive on the professional letterhead of the translator.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
Are LORs required? No
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? directly to the school
Institution Specific Details:

Rutgers centralized admissions office does not review admissions letters. However, the Pharmacy School Admissions committee reviews all documentation submitted.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:



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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • Various dates in late fall and spring semester

Interviews general take place starting in November and will continue until the class is full, generally ending in June.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Students are notified of decisions by email. Students may also check their status at the online "My Rutgers Status" portal.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? For students admitted for the fall semester enrollment, the reply date is May 1, or within two (2) weeks from online notification of admission for any applicants admitted after May 1.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: 150
Due: May 1 or two weeks from online notification of admission for any applicants admitted after May 1
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
First day of classes and/or matriculation: September 4, 2019.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes