Keck Graduate Institute
School of Pharmacy

Applications for Fall 2017 will be considered after March 1 on a space available basis. For consideration, create a PharmCAS account and contact to request an extension.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  March 1, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? 
    • 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 No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: Baccalaureate degree required for admission
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    As a member of the prestigious Claremont Colleges, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) is dedicated to education and research aimed at translating into practice, for the benefit of society, the power and potential of the life sciences. In true KGI tradition, the School of Pharmacy will prepare graduates who are leaders among healthcare professionals dedicated to the delivery of advanced personally-optimized patient care and the translation of applied and clinical science breakthroughs to enhance the quality of life. We will advance pharmacy for the benefit of society through the development of innovative, collaborative, culturally-competent, articulate, and caring pharmacists.


    Our Program

    Along with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, KGI graduates will receive a Certificate in one of four areas including Medication Therapy Outcomes, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Operations Management and Clinical Trials/Regulatory Affairs -  These concentrations will be interwoven throughout the curriculum and highlighted by 12 credits of classroom electives and an Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) in the 3rd year along with 12 weeks of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) electives in the 4th year.


    Our Curriculum

    Each stage of the 4-year PharmD program will involve one or more of the following curricular core components:  Sequential Science Series (SSS), Clinical Science Series (CSS), Professional Development Series (PDS), and Experiential Education Series (EES). 


    Each Sequential Science Series (SSS) course will be offered 1 at a time in a block or concentrated fashion. Once completed, the students will move to the next course in the sequence.  Clinical Science Series (CSS) courses will focus on a variety of issues in contemporary pharmacy such as communication, interviewing, drug information, public health, physical assessment, and self-care as well as literature evaluation and clinical trial design.  Professional Development Sequence (PDS) courses will prepare students with the skills and tools needed to advance in professional growth, including an electronic portfolio of their work.


    Clinical Skills Series (CSS) courses will focus on the development of patient interaction skills. The courses develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for good communication, motivational interviewing, patient counseling, health diversity and cultural appreciation, drug information analysis, and inter-professional education.


    Professional Development Series (PDS) courses teach students how to be professionals, expose them to career options, and teach them job seeking skills. Students assess their own strengths, personalities, and learning styles, develop leadership skills, plan their career choices, maintain an electronic portfolio of their work and self-assessment, and participate in community service.


    The Experiential Education Series (EES) comprises over 30% of the total curriculum and includes over 2,100 hours.  An introductory 2-week rotation will expose students to opportunities for pharmacists in the biotechnology industry.  IPPE rotations will be conducted in community, chronic care, and health-system practice sites as well as in one area of the student’s choosing including opportunities in the biotechnology industry.  APPE’s will include advanced community, advanced health-system, ambulatory, acute care, direct patient care, and two elective rotations.


    The curriculum ( is distinguished from other programs in having enhanced focus on pharmacogenomics, biomarkers, diagnostics, informatics, pharmacoeconomics, health outcomes, and pharmacovigilance. Inter-professional education activities are conducted with University of California Riverside School of Medicine students throughout the curriculum. 


    More information on our curriculum can be found at:


    Our Location

    Located in beautiful Southern California, KGI is only 35 miles east of Los Angeles in the city of Claremont. With 140 acres of parks and tree-lined streets, Claremont provides a rich cultural and architectural heritage that much resembles a small town. As a member of the academically acclaimed Claremont University Consortium (, KGI students are able to share a wide range of central facilities and services with students from any of the other six campuses.    


    Additional information on the program can be found at:


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 280
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 86
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: N/A
    • 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: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: N/A
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-41
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: N/A

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Bachelor's degree required
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: see website
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Bachelor's degree required
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2017 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total Bachelor's degree required  Bachelor's degree required 
      General Chemistry w/ Lab  12 
      Organic Chemistry w/ Lab  12 
      General Biology w/ Lab  12 
      Microbiology w/ Lab 
      Anatomy and Physiology w/ Labs  12 
      Economics (Micro or Macro) 
      Public Speaking / Speech / Interpersonal Communications 
    • Additional Information:

      • Bachelor's degree completed by July 15, 2017.
      • Prerequisites completed by July 15, 2017.
      • Grade of "C" or better in each prerequisite course.
      • Minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND minimum 2.75 average for required prerequisite courses from a regionally accredited two- or four-year college or university. Prerequisite courses from vocational or technical schools are not accepted.
      • Submit TOEFL and TSE scores (for graduates whose Bachelor's degree from outside the U.S.).
      • Must be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
      • Transfer courses from other PharmD programs are not accepted.   Accepted students will be required to complete a background check, Immunizations, OSHA, and HIPAA certifications, and have evidence of health insurance as well as liability and malpractice insurance.
    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Deadline: Two weeks after receiving an invitation to interview
      • Deadline: Two weeks after receiving an invitation to interview  Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $60
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        After PharmCAS has verified documents and forwarded them to KGI School of Pharmacy, the admissions team will review and evaluate each verified admission packet to determine whether to extend an invitation to complete the supplemental application.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Those selected to proceed with the application process will receive an e-mail invitation to access the supplemental application and schedule an interview.  Please be certain that you are able to receive emails from "" addresses and be sure to monitor your junk mail folder.  


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        Official TOEFL and TSE scores are required for graduates whose Bachelor’s degree is from outside the U.S.



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

      TSE required for applicants who attended high school or college outside of the United States.


  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? No
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? No
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Details: 

      KGI will accept evaluations from World Education Services, Inc, Josef Silny & Associates, Inc, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc, International Education Research Foundation, Inc, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Foreign Education Credential Services, and Educational Perspectives.

  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: 
      Letters of Reference:
      • One required from a science professor or instructor. 
      • The remaining two letters are up to the applicant, but one letter relating to pharmacy work (e.g. from a pharmacist, pharmacy supervisor, etc.) is preferred.


    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • September 2016 through Spring/Summer 2017 
    • Details: 
      • Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted with the interview dates.

      After PharmCAS has verified documents and forwarded them to KGI School of Pharmacy, the admissions team will review and evaluate each verified admission packet to determine whether to extend an invitation to complete the supplemental application.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Those selected to proceed with the application process will receive an e-mail invitation to access the supplemental application and schedule an interview.  Interviews will ascertain interest in the focus of the Pharmacy Program at KGI, understanding of contemporary pharmacy, oral and written communication skills, leadership skills, maturity, and dedication.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent by email and mailed via U.S. Mail. Accurate and up-to-date contact information is crucial for the success of this process. Please notify the admissions office immediately if your contact information changes.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 10 business days from date of acceptance
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: 1000
      • Due: 10 business days from date of acceptance
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: A $1000.00 deposit must be received within 10 business days of acceptance. This deposit holds a student's seat in the class and is applied toward the first semester's tuition. Should a student wish to cancel their enrollment, $250 of the deposit is refundable if requested in writing by May 1, 2017.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 2017 
      • Details: Attendance is mandatory.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: