Medical University of South Carolina

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Jenny S. Bagg
Admissions Manager

Dean's Office

280 Calhoun Street
MSC 141
Charleston, South Carolina 29425-1410

Phone (Work): 843-792-3115

Phone (Fax): 843-792-9081

Sue Coates
Assistant Director of Admissions

Office of Enrollment Management

45 Courtenay Drive
Room 359
MSC 203
Charelston , South Carolina 29425

Phone (Work): 843-792-8722

Phone (Fax): 843-792-6615


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: April 1, 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: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
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)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

The College of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina provides a premier pharmacy education leveraging the innovative inter-professional learning opportunities offered at South Carolina’s only comprehensive academic health center with a full range of programs in the biomedical sciences.


The MUSC College of Pharmacy unites nationally-recognized faculty and high-achieving students in an environment defined by the highest caliber education, research and patient care. The College offers four degree programs - PharmD, PhD, PharmD/PhD in conjunction with the College of Graduate Studies, and, in conjunction with The Citadel, PharmD/MBA - and is home to one of the oldest and largest residency programs in the country.


The MUSC College of Pharmacy, located in beautiful and historic Charleston, S.C., has 40 full-time faculty members in two departments (clinical pharmacy and drug discovery) and accepts 80 students per class.


Clinical pharmacy education at an academic health center offers unique learning opportunities in a curriculum that emphasizes practice experience along with active learning and simulation. Faculty are nationally-recognized both as clinicians and teachers.  The clinical education program promotes critical thinking skills and prepares practitioners for contemporary and future practice roles.


Research at the medical university is changing the face of healthcare. The College has three research centers with three renowned endowed chairs and is part of the S.C. Center for Therapeutic Discovery, which has a robust portfolio of drug discovery projects. The research program focuses on disease  mechanisms, drug action and toxicity, and the design and development of new pharmaceutical agents.


MUSC pharmacy students have outcomes comparable to Top 10 pharmacy schools, typically exceeding the national average in graduating student satisfaction, NAPLEX and MPJE scores, residency placement and post-graduation employment.


For more than 130 years, the pharmacy program at MUSC has prepared students to be leaders in the profession. A large network of alumni contribute to both a world-wide experiential education program with more than 900 preceptors and a personal student mentor program.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 150
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 100
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 80
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? Yes
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 50-80
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 0-30
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum; however the average composite is 72% with a range of (21-97%).
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: 20%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 80%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.4
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-25 years old
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: 66
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 99
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 66  99 
General Chemistry   12 
Organic Chemistry   12 
Physics  4.5 
Calculus  4.5 
Statistics  4.5 
Biology   12 
English Composition   4.5 
English Literature/Composition  4.5 
Speech/Verbal Skills/Public Speaking  4.5 
Economics   4.5 
Psychology  4.5 
Human Anatomy  4.5 
Human Physiology  4.5 
Liberal Arts Electives  13.5 
Microbiology   4.5 
TOTAL   66  99 

Additional Information

Biology and chemistry must be for majors and include a laboratory component. We will accept genetics and cell biology as a biology prerequisite. We will not accept microbiology as a biology prerequisite. We do not require a physics laboratory. We prefer microeconomic courses for our economics prerequisite requirement. We will accept comparative anatomy and physiology courses. Liberal Art electives accepted include humanities and social science courses. Examples of commonly accepted humanities courses include art, business, ethics, creative writing, fine arts, languages, music, religion, and theatre. Examples of social sciences include anthropology, additional economic courses, child development, geography, history, management, political science, social work, sociology, and women studies.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Deadline: 4/1/2019Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $65
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:">

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 5 years
Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



Proficiency is measured through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of at least 550 on the paper based exam, 77 on the internet based TOEFL, or 210 on the computer based TOEFL, is required.

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

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
Is preference given to state residents? Yes
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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 3/1/2019 Received by deadline

We will consider an evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The web address is


Below is the contact information of a company that frequently provides us with evaluations:

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Phone: 212-966-6311


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:

Three reference forms are required and accessed through the PharmCAS application. An option fourth letter of reference may be provided.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


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


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

  • Clergy
  • The Admissions Committee reserves the right to ask the applicant for an additional LOR if content is minimal and does not provide sufficient information about the applicant.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • October 2018 thru April 2019

Interviews are by invitation only. Our interviews are a half-day. They include an overview of the program by one of the Deans, a tour of the campus with student ambassadors, a panel discussion with student ambassadors, and multiple mini-interviews or one-on-one interviews. The interviewers include faculty members, alumni, staff, and preceptors.  Early decision interviews are held first and are usually conducted the first and second Friday in October.


Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are e-mailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Within two weeks of the offer
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $485
Due: within two weeks of the offer
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • 8/12/19 - 8/16/19
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 8/20/2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes