Medical College of Wisconsin

Pharmacy School

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Shaun D. Keating
Director of Student Affairs

Phone (Work): 414-955-2852

Kendra Kalscheur
Coodinator of Student Affairs

Phone (Work): 414-955-2857

Steven Broadway
Enrollment Coordinator

Phone (Work): 414-955-2646

General Contact Information

MCW Pharmacy School
8701 Watertown Plank Rd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226

Phone (Work): 414-955-7476

Phone (Fax): 414-955-6476


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: May 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Candidate

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
Institution Type: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: The MCW Pharmacy School is a year round program that uses a quarters based academic system. Quarters last (four terms per academic year) 10 weeks, 1 week of finals, 2 week break. Courses, labs, simulation and clinical rotations occur concurrently.
Dual Degree Programs No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
  • Accelerated Progression (year-round classes)
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: MCW offers unique reverse transfer and early assurance degree options with: Carrol University 3+3 St. Norbert College 3+3 Wisconsin Lutheran College 3+3 Mt. Mary University 4+3 Cardinal Stritch University 3+3 Alverno College 3+3 Many of these programs will allow you to earn a BS/BA and PharmD in just 6 years. Visit our website for more information.
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:

Program Description (back to top)

The vision for the MCW School of Pharmacy is to prepare the next generation of pharmacists to meet the growing healthcare needs of society. MCW’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) graduates will have the knowledge and expertise to practice at the "top of their license" and contribute to patient-centered care within a team-based model ensuring optimal patient outcomes in concert with other healthcare professionals. A pharmacy career offers you the opportunity to encourage wellness in your community and the chance to improve the lives of those you serve every day. Learn more at

The MCW School of Pharmacy is a three-year, year round doctoral program offered at the MCW Milwaukee campus located at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center which includes access to Froedtert Hospital, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee VA, cancer center, eye institute, Wisconsin Blood Center, and mental health facilities.

The MCW School of Pharmacy has applied to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for candidate accreditation in April of 2018.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 125
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 85
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 60
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 00
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 0
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 0
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.00
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>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: 3.00
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 23
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 27
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 0
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 90 
General Biology (Intro to Biology, Ecology, Basic Biology, Zoology, Botany, etc.)   
Advanced Biology-Lab preferred but not required (Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Molecular Bio, Genetics, etc.)   
General Chemistry 1 with Lab   
General Chemistry 2 with Lab   
Organic Chemistry 1 with lab   
Organic Chemistry 2 (lab is recommended)   
Physics 1 (Lab preferred but not required)   
English Composition 1 Grade of B or higher   
English Composition 2 (Maybe a combination of courses including, linguistics, rhetoric, literature, reading, writing, creative writing, etc.) Grade of B or higher   
Speech (maybe a combination of courses including interpersonal communication, speech, public speaking, group communication, etc.) Grade of B or higher   
4 General Education Courses (Any combination of classes including foreign language, psychology, history, sociology, cultural/gender studies, ethics, etc.) Grade of C or higher   

Additional Information

For Summer 2019 admission, all prerequisites must be completed by June, 2019.

You are not required to have a bachelor's degree to start the PharmD program. Applicants with a BS or BA in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or health sciences are given preference. A bachelor's degree in the sciences from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. will typically meet all prerequisites for the MCW School of Pharmacy. Applicants without a bachelor’s degree must complete the prerequisite course listed below by June, 2019.

  1. Must be taken at a regionally-accredited university, college or community college in the U.S. or Canada
  2. Must be at least 3 semester credits, taken A-F, all courses completed with a grade of C or better. Grade of B or better in all English and Speech courses
  3. General Education Electives may not include studio, performance or physical education
  4. May be satisfied by IB, PSEO or College in the Schools credit if it appears on a college transcript
  5. May be satisfied by AP and appears as credit on a college transcript
  6. ESL and ELL classes cannot be counted towards the two required English composition courses.
  7. If an applicant does not have a general biology lab, a more advanced biology lab may be substituted
  8. Biochemistry is recommended as the advanced biology course. However, anatomy, physiology, genetics, microbiology or molecular biology may also fulfill this requirement
  9. General Education Elective courses may include ethics, philosophy, foreign language, history, cultural studies, anthropology, psychology and sociology
  10. Online and hybrid taught classes may be accepted only from a regionally-accredited university, college, or community college in the U.S. or Canada. Age of science course should not exceed 7-years
  11. A final official transcript will be required prior to the start of classes in the desired year of entry

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 2015

Test from January 2017 through January 2019 are preferred. 

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


  1. For foreign degree students or students who have completed course work outside the United States or Canada.
  2. Submit TOEFL scores to MCW School of Pharmacy. The minimum score required on TOEFL is 550, 213 (CBT) along with 4.5 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE), or 80 (iBT) with 22 on the writing section and no less than 17 on any one section. TOEFL test scores must be from an examination taken within two years of the anticipated matriculation date into the College of Pharmacy. (The TOEFL test is waived for those students who have completed at least 25 semester hours at an accredited college or university AND have successfully completed 2 courses of non-remedial English, OR for those students who have earned a BA or BS degree in the United States).
Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

The MCW Pharmacy School will accept MCAT scores if the the applicant does not have a PCAT score.  MCAT scores should be mailed directly to the MCW Pharmacy School and must be in a sealed envelop. MCAT scores are reviewed on a case by case basis.

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): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: Febuary 1, 2019 Postmarked by deadline

Students who wish to receive credit for pre-pharmacy coursework completed at a college of university located outside the United States must secure the services of a credential evaluation service, who will forward a detailed course-by-course evaluation to the MCW School of Pharmacy. The credential service recognized by the School of Pharmacy include:

World Education Services (WES) website – (212) 966-6311 | (212) 739-6100 (fax) or email

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) can only be used in the evaluation provides a course-by-course breakdown.

Results of the foreign transcript evaluation and the grade earned in the courses will be used by the MCW School of Pharmacy to determine if any of the credits can be used towards the fulfillment of the pre-pharmacy requirements.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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 Recommendation

Choose at least three recommenders (up to four are allowed) from a variety of sources, such as college professors, work supervisors, volunteer supervisors or research supervisors. Only choose recommenders that know you well in a professional capacity; no family, friends or clergy. The letters of recommendation are submitted through PharmCAS.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


  • Co-Worker


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

  • Clergy
  • Politician

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • September-April

When interviewing, be yourself and be prepared to articulate what you know about the profession, why you want to be a pharmacist and why the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy would be a good fit for your career path. The best way to prepare for the interview is to develop your understanding and motivation for pharmacy.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? MCW School of Pharmacy sends acceptance letters on a rolling basis. An applicant can expect to receive an admission offer, waitlist or decline notification within 1-2 week of their interview.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Acceptance of an offer will typically be within 10-15 days.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: 10-15 days after an offer is given
Refundable? No
Details: Deposits are non-refundable.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • July 8-9, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: July 10, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes