Duquesne University

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Jason Stack
Director of Recruitment

304 Bayer Hall

Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282

Phone (Work): 412-396-5182

Phone (Fax): 412-396-5130


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: 06/01/2019

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: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • Nonlicensure eligible B.S./M.S.
  • PharmD/M.S.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
Structure of your PharmD program: Two pathways: Traditional Weekday Pathwayl PharmD: 2-4 (two years pre-pharmacy study required) Weekend Pathway PharmD: Baccalaureate degree required for admission
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
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)



One Program | Two pathways...the traditional pathway Doctor of Pharmacy pathway and the weekend pathway Doctor of Pharmacy pathway.


Traditional Pathway http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/pharmacy/become-a-student/doctor-of-pharmacy


Weekend Pathway http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/pharmacy/become-a-student/doctor-of-pharmacy-weekend-program


For over 90 years, the School of Pharmacy has been recognized as one of the most respected schools of pharmacy in the nation. Our outstanding academic program, hands-on training, and nationally recognized research leadership prepare our graduates for successful, rewarding careers, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of patients and their communities.


At the School of Pharmacy, you’ll experience a diverse, mission-driven culture of academic excellence. Our innovative degree programs in the pharmaceutical and clinical, social-behavioral, and administrative sciences continue to advance our reputation as a global leader in pharmacy education.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 210
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 192
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 185
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 165
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.9
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.9
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 375 raw (composite) score
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 43%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 57%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.45
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-39
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 70
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 28
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: N/A
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 70  N/A 
Biology I & lab Biology II & lab Chemistry I & lab Chemistry II & lab Organic Chemistry I & lab Organic Chemistry II & lab Physics I & lab Calculus I Statistics Economics English Composition and Literature English Literature   44   
General Biology II & lab   
General Chemistry I & lab   
General Chemistry II & lab   
Organic Chemistry I & lab   
Organic Chemistry II & lab   
General Physics I & lab   
Calculus I   
English Composition and Literature   
English Literature   
Global Diversity   
Creative Arts   
Information Literacy (computer class)   
Faith and Reason   
Pharmacy Calculations   

Additional Information

Science and Math courses must be taken at accredited 4-year colleges/universities.  Two year, technical and community college courses in Science and Math are not accepted.

General Biology I & lab, 4 cr.
General Biology II & lab, 4 cr.
General Chemistry I & lab, 4 cr.
General Chemistry II & lab, 4 cr.
Organic Chemistry I & lab, 4 cr.
Organic Chemistry II & lab, 4 cr.
General Physics I & lab, 4 cr.
Calculus I, 4 cr.

Pharmacy Calculations, 2 cr.
Statistics, 3 cr.
English Composition and Literature, 3 cr.
English Literature, 3 cr.
Theology, 3 cr.
Philosophy, 3 cr.
Ethics, 3 cr.
Economics, 3 cr.
Global Diversity, 3 cr.
Creative Arts, 3 cr.
Information Literacy (computer class) 3 cr.
Psychology, 3 cr.
Faith and Reason, 3 cr.



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?


The oldest PCAT considered: 2012

PCAT should be taken by February 2019 - we will accept PCAT scores from July 2019 but it is highly recommended to test at an earlier date.

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


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

Math proficiency

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? No
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): 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.
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: N/A

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? No

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 two or more interviewers
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • October - June

The interview will include a variation of the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), and a personal interview with more than one faculty member.  The school selects applicants for interviews based upon academic performance and PCAT scores.  Participants should anticipate that the interview process will take approximately 2-4 hours.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Traditional (TRANSFER) Doctor of Pharmacy: February 1, 2019 Weekend Doctor of Pharmacy: On-going, beginning January 2019
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Responses to acceptance offers are generally due within 30 days of acceptance.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: 30 days after acceptance
Refundable? No
Details: A weekend pathway candidate must deposit $1000.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 18, 2018
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 20, 2018- Weekday Pathway August 25-26, 2018- Weekend Pathway
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes