Duquesne University
School of Pharmacy

Accepting applications for admission beginning September 1, 2017

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    Application Deadline(s) - For non-PharmCAS participating schools only:  12/01/2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    One Doctor of Pharmacy degree | two pathways: 1) The traditional Doctor of Pharmacy pathway 2) The post baccalaureate weekend Doctor of Pharmacy pathway

    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 



    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.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    (Includes both traditional and weekend pathways.) 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 210
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 192
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 185
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 165
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 43%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 57%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.45
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-39
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 2:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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 2018 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.



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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
      • Details: 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 2012
      • Details: 

        PCAT should be taken by January 2018

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      Math proficiency

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  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): 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 

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? No
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • 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 - April 
    • Details: 

      The School of Pharmacy is currently revising the interview process.  It is anticipated that 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.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Traditional (TRANSFER) Doctor of Pharmacy: February 1, 2018 Weekend Doctor of Pharmacy: On-going, beginning January 2018
    • 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? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: 30 days after acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 19, 2017 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 21, 2017- Weekday Pathway August 26-27, 2017- Weekend Pathway
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: The accepted student must submit a written request, to explain why admission deferral is needed. Deferrals are granted on a case-by-case basis.