Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Boston, MA
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Important: Students applying to MCPHS may choose only one campus (Boston, Manchester or Worcester). We will not process applications for multiple campuses.



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Elizabeth Duggan 
      • Admission Counselor 
      • Admission Office 
      • 179 Longwood Avenue  
      • Boston 
      • Massachusetts 
      • 02115  
      • Phone (Work): 617-732-2850  
      • Email: elizabeth.duggan@mcphs.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  March 3, 2014


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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: 
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 0-6 (no prepharmacy requirements)
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
    • 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:
      • MCPHS University - Manchester, NH MCPHS University - Worcester, MA 
      • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Pharmacy - Worcester, MA  



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    MCPHS University provides a unique academic environment to guide and support students toward successful, sustainable careers and leadership in healthcare. As a private independent institution with a long and distinguished history of specializing in health sciences education, the University offers traditional and non-traditional programs that embody teaching excellence, active scholarship and research, professional service, and community outreach. The University has one of the largest and oldest pharmacy programs in the nation. With state-of-the-art facilities in Boston and constantly evolving and improving curricula, the School of Pharmacy educates students to become critical thinkers, to fill vital positions across a broad spectrum of the healthcare industry, and to become responsible healthcare professionals. The PharmD program offers general, specialized, and applied science courses as well as liberal arts classes. In addition, our extensive experimental education program allows students to complete clinical rotations in areas such as inpatient medicine, community pharmacy, and ambulatory care. We are located in the heart of Boston's Longwood Medical and Academic Area, home to many of the nation's premier medical and research institutions. We encourage you to visit our website at http://www.mcphs.edu/admission/ to learn more about our institution.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 30
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 20 Year 2 students and 10 Year 3 students
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 320 Freshman and Transfer
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: NA
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 50
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: NA
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.2 - 3.8
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 30
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: NA
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: NA
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 20 Year 2 Transfer Seats and 10 Year 3 Transfer Seats
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: NA
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-23
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: NA

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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: NA
    • 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 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 66  99 
      Biology I (Cellular & Molecular)   4.5 
      Biology II (Organismal) with lab  
      Medical Microbiology with lab (courses need to be completed to be considered for the 3rd year) 
      Organic Chemistry I with lab (courses need to be completed to be considered for the 3rd year) (Must be completed by fall semester to be considered for third year) 
      Organic Chemistry II (- courses need to be completed to be considered for the 3rd year) (Must be complete by fall semester to be considered for third year) 
      Physics I (calculus-based) with lab (courses need to be completed to be considered for the 3rd year) 
      Economics (Macro or Micro) (courses need to be completed to be considered for the 3rd year)  4.5 
      Statistics (courses need to be completed to be considered for the 3rd year)  4.5 
      Behavioral Science Elective (any Psychology course over Introduction) ( courses need to be completed to be considered for the 3rd year)  4.5 
      Humanities Elective (English, Art History, Philosophy, Religion) (courses need to be completed to be considered for the 3rd year)  4.5 
      Social Science Elective (History, Political Science, Cultural Anthropology, upper-division Sociology), Cultural Geography) (courses need to be completed to be considered for the 3rd year)  4.5 
      Interpersonal Communications (courses need to be completed to be considered for the 3rd year)  4.5 
      Chemical Principles I with lab  
      General Elective (courses need to be completed to be considered for the 3rd year)  4.5 
      Chemical Principles II with lab  
      Calculus I   4.5 
      Calculus II   4.5 
      Expository Writing I or English Composition I   4.5 
      Expository Writing II or English Composition II   4.5 
      Introduction to Psychology   4.5 
      U.S. History, U.S. Politics, American Government, Western Civilization, OR Cultural Anthropology   4.5 
    • Additional Information: Applicants for year 3 entrance (first professional year) must have successfully completed Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II with labs by Fall 2012. In order to be considered as a transfer student, you must have completed at least the Year 1 courses of the PharmD curriculum. Prerequisites (as indicated above) must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university. Math and lab science courses must be completed no more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS. Students must receive a C or better for a course to be transferable. Preference is given to applicants who have completed pre-requisite courses at 4-year colleges or universities.Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to conduct individual transfer credit evaluations for prospective students. We recommend comparing your course description with the ones provided?on the MCPHS website.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: Candidates for whom English is not their native language or who have completed ESL coursework at the college level are required to take the TOEFL and achieve a minimum score of 79 (internet based) or the IELTS and achieve a minimum score of 6.5.
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: SAT/ACT: Candidates who have completed fewer than 30 semester hours of college or university credit are required to submit official score reports of the SAT or ACT scores.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • 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? No
    • 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: 03/10/2014 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: MCPHS will only accept foreign transcript evaluations from World Education Services (WES).

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • October - March 
    • Details: Interviews are required for entrance into Year 3 (the first Professional year) of the PharmD program and are by invitation only.  Students are not required to interview for Year 2 entrance.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? MCPHS accepts students on a rolling basis.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due?  Accepted students have two weeks from the date on their acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Students must deposit according to date indicated in acceptance letter.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: $500 deposit required to hold seat. Students must deposit according to date indicated in acceptance letter.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/26/2014 
      • Details: Orientation is mandatory and will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., date is subject to change.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 09/02/2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No