Keck Graduate Institute
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Jason Hartfield 
      • Associate Director of Admissions 
      • 535 Watson Dr. 
      • Claremont 
      • California 
      • 91711 
      • Phone (Work): 909-607-9145 
      • Phone (Fax): 909-607-8086 
      • Email: 

      • Bailey Clem 
      • Admissions Counselor 
      • 535 Watson Dr. 
      • Claremont 
      • California 
      • 91711 
      • Phone (Work): 909-607-9145 
      • Phone (Fax): 909-607-8086 
      • Email: 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  June 3, 2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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 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 ↑ 


    Along with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Degree, KGI graduates will receive a Certificate in one of four areas important for the future of pharmacy. Further information on each certificate option can be found below:


    Medication Therapy Outcomes (MTO)

    Healthcare Management (HCM)

    Health Information Technology (HIT) -

    Clinical Trials and Regulatory Affairs -


    By organizing courses into series, the KGI PharmD curriculum ensures a clear and defined focus on the diverse set of skills needed for the evolving range of opportunities in Pharmacy. In addition, students take courses that provide them with foundational content, exposure to emerging topics, as well as elective courses and rotations within the PharmD Certificate Programs. Further information on the four-year plan can be found at:



    Keck Graduate Institute brings together faculty with expertise in bioengineering, computational biology, applied molecular and cellular biology and bioscience business. Facilitated by KGI’s unique organizational structure and small, intimate community, faculty are able to engage in interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects and novel teaching approaches much more effectively than would be possible in a larger, more traditionally structured institution.


    Learn more about our faculty by viewing our faculty videos:


    Student Life

    Students have the opportunity to develop their talents and interests in a variety of ways, both inside and outside of the classroom. Mentorship from faculty and participation in social events, student clubs and activities are a part of daily life at KGI.

    KGI has developed a program to allow students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice in current and future areas of practice. Our goal is to expose students to the career possibilities so that they can discover their passion and provide them with the tools to navigate through the various stages of their career.


    See an example class activity - Shark Tank:


    On-Campus Housing 

    KGI's very first on-campus housing facility, Oasis KGI Commons, will open in Fall 2018. More information, including floor plans and pricing, 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. The greater Los Angeles area is complex, fascinating and dynamic. KGI students have full access to the recreation, cultural richness, and beauty of the area.


    As a member of The Claremont Colleges (, KGI students are able to share a wide range of central facilities and services with students from any of the other campuses. The Claremont Colleges (TCC) are a consortium of seven independent, private institutions, five at the undergraduate level and two at the graduate level. The Claremont Colleges operate many central services and programs for the benefit of all seven academic members. These include, and are not limited to; the joint library system, the Huntley Bookstore, student services such as the health and counseling centers, Office of Black Students Affairs, the Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Center, Student Disability Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, and more.



  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 280
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 86
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
    • 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: 2.75
    • 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
    • Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 32%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 68%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: N/A
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-43 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 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 2019 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 Communication 
    • Additional Information:

      • Bachelor's degree completed by July 15, 2019.
      • Prerequisites completed by July 15, 2019.
      • 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, AND minimum 2.75 math and science grade point average.
    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

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

        Official TOEFL scores are required for graduates with a Bachelor’s degree from outside the U.S. This requirement can be waived if the applicant has an advanced degree from the U.S. (ex. Master's, PhD).



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



  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.

  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 with whom the applicant has taken an academic course.
      • 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
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: All letters must be less than one year old. A letter from a science professor or instructor (with whom the applicant took an academic course) is required.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • September 2018 through Spring/Summer 2019 
    • Details: 

      Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted with the interview dates.

      Applicants invited to interview for the PharmD program have the opportunity to see the interaction and exposure unique to KGI. Past candidates have found that the combination of activities throughout the interview day help them get to know the school and its cutting-edge, personalized environment.

      Group activities reflect the active learning approach of the school and one-on-one interviews allow candidates to experience the level of engagement of KGI’s entrepreneurial setting. Candidates are able to demonstrate a variety of skill sets such as written and interpersonal communication skills and critical thinking.

  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 of date of admission email (response window may be shorter for those who interview close to the start of orientation).
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $250/$750
      • Due: Within 10 business days of date of admission email
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Regular admission applicants accepted prior to March 1st will be required to pay an initial, non-refundable deposit of $250, due within ten business days of the admission email date. A second, non-refundable deposit of $750 will be required on or before March 15th. Applicants accepted after March 1st will be required to pay a single, non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00. All retained deposits for matriculating students will go towards tuition costs. Applicants accepted via early decision will pay a total deposit of $250.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 2019 
      • Details: Attendance is mandatory.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: