Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Worcester, MA

Important: Students applying to MCPHS must choose one campus only. We will not process applications for multiple campuses.



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Bryan J. Witham  
      • Director of Admission  
      • Admission Office 
      • 19 Foster Street  
      • Worcester 
      • Massachusetts 
      • 01608  
      • Phone (Work): 508-373-5607 
      • Email: bryan.witham@mcphs.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  March 2, 2015


  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 No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Accelerated progression (year-round classes)
    • 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:
      • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Pharmacy - Manchester, NH  



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Worcester, MA and Manchester, NH campuses offer accelerated programs designed exclusively for transfer students. The Manchester, NH campus is a satellite of the Worcester, MA campus and shares full-accredited status through the Worcester program. Students attend classes in Manchester, while the instructors and other students are based in Worcester. Sophisticated technology and interactive videoconferencing are utilized to deliver the core courses and some electives to the Manchester campus. Some electives, all labs, and some didactic courses are taught on-site by Manchester-based faculty and qualified adjunct faculty, similar to the Worcester campus.

     

    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences provides a unique academic environment to guide and support students toward successful, sustainable careers and leadership in health care. As a private independent institution with a long and distinguished history of specializing in health sciences education, the College offers traditional and non-traditional programs that embody teaching excellence, active scholarship and research, professional service, and community outreach. For students who aspire to become practicing pharmacists and have completed their pre-professional coursework at a regionally accredited college or university, this year-round, full-time, 34-month program (2 years of classroom instruction, 10 months of advanced rotations) provides an intensive professional course of study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.

     

    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Pharmacy-Worcester/Manchester is one of only a handful of institutions in the country that offers this type of accelerated PharmD program. The program educates students to become critical thinkers and responsible health care professionals. Graduates are eligible to sit for board examinations and become licensed pharmacists. Some states require accumulation of intern hours as well.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    All admission and application data listed below is composite data for both the Manchester, NH and Worcester, MA campuses. Please see the Description in the Program Description section. 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 600 (500 Worcester/100 Manchester)
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 500 (410 Worcester/90 Manchester)
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 310 (250 in Worcester, MA; 60 in Manchester, NH)
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.20 - 3.80
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 600 (500 Worcester / 100 Manchester)
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 310 (250 in Worcester, MA; 60 in Manchester, NH)
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.70
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.70
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-53
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: N/A

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66 / 39*
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 30
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 99 / 56*
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 66 / 39*  99 / 56* 
      General Biology I (lab is optional)  
      General Biology II (with lab)  
      Sociology* 
      History or Political Science* 
      Calculus  
      Statistics 
      Physics (with lab)  
      Economics* 
      Math or Computer Science Elective  
      Humanities Elective* 
      Social Science Elective* 
      Behavioral Science Elective* 
      Microbiology (with lab)  
      General Chemistry I (with lab)  
      General Chemistry II (with lab)  
      Organic Chemistry I (with lab)  
      Organic Chemistry II (with lab)  
      English Composition*  4.5 
      English Elective*  4.5 
      Psychology* 
    • Additional Information: *Applicants who have (or will) earn a BS or BA degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution prior to matriculation are exempt from the * marked liberal arts/core requirements coursework. MCPHS gives priority to applicants who have completed the majority of the prerequisites at the time of application review. All math and science courses must have been completed within the last ten years, and all courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of C (not C–) to satisfy the requirements. All coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited institution. Preference is given to applicants who complete the prerequisites at a 4-year institution. All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to matriculation at MCPHS.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No
      • Obtaining the 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 are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (iBT) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for consideration.
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: Students who have not earned, or will not earn, a BS or BA degree prior to their anticipated matriculation at MCPHS must submit an official high school transcript.

  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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: March 2, 2015 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: A course-by-course evaluation is required for all college-level coursework completed outside the U.S. We accept course-by-course evaluations from WES only. Official transcript(s) from all foreign schools must be submitted directly to MCPHS.

  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: 
      • Employer
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • 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
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • Interview invitations are extended to qualified applicants on a rolling basis beginning October 1, 2014.  
    • Details: Selected candidates are invited to attend an on-campus, faculty interview on a rolling basis beginning October 1. All candidates are required to complete an on-campus writing sample during the interview and should expect to be on campus for approximately two hours. Interviews are conducted by faculty members of the admission committee.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Rolling. Interview candidates will be notified of initial decision within two weeks of on-campus interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 30 days from acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $750
      • Due: 30 days from acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: 30 days from acceptance letter. A $750 non-refundable deposit is required.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 27 & 28, 2015 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: September 1, 2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: Generally not considered.