Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Worcester, MA

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  February 1, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Prospective students must select only one MCPHS University campus to apply to within a given academic year. If multiple applications are received, only the first received application will be reviewed.

    • 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: 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 ↑ 

    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) provides a unique academic environment to guide and support students toward successful, sustainable careers and leadership in health care. MCPHS is a private independent institution with a long and distinguished history of specializing in health sciences education. For students who aspire to become practicing pharmacists and have completed their pre-professional coursework at a regionally accredited college or university, this is a fall start, 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.  Sophisticated technology and interactive videoconferencing are utilized to deliver the core courses and some electives between the Worcester, MA and Manchester, NH PharmD courses.


    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. We have professional pharmacy practice laboratories with leading-edge equipment and technology. The program educates students to become critical thinkers and responsible health care professionals. MCPHS offers a Postgraduate Training Certificate of Achievement which is a focused area of study that is available for students interested in pursuing residency or fellowship training after graduation. Graduates are eligible to sit for board examinations and become licensed pharmacists. 


    Apply early! Applications verified before December 15 will receive priority consideration for merit-based scholarships.


  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 planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 600 (500 Worcester/100 Manchester)
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 500 (410 Worcester/90 Manchester)
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 310 (250 in Worcester, MA; 60 in Manchester, NH)
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.20 - 3.80
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-50
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 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 2018 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)  
      Microbiology (with lab) 
      General Chemistry I (with lab) 
      General Chemistry II (with lab) 
      Organic Chemistry I (with lab) 
      Organic Chemistry II (with lab)  
      Physics (with lab) 
      Math or Computer Science Elective 
      English Composition*  4.5 
      English Elective*  4.5 
      History or Political Science* 
      Humanities Elective* 
      Social Science Elective* 
      Behavioral Science Elective* 
    • Additional Information: 

      *Applicants who have (or will have) earned a BS or BA degree from a regionally accredited U.S./Canadian institution prior to matriculation are exempt from the liberal arts courses marked with an asterisk.


      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 be completed within ten years from the program enrollment date, and all courses must be 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. AP scores accepted: 4 or 5 only. 

    • 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: 

        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

  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? 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 1, 2017 Received 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 World Education Service (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
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • 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 Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • Interview invitations are extended to qualified applicants on a rolling basis beginning October 1, 2017.  
    • Details: 

      Selected candidates are invited interview on a rolling basis beginning October 1. All candidates are required to complete an writing sample during the interview and should expect to be available for approximately two hours. 

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? All decisions are sent on a rolling basis.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 30 days from date on acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: 30 days from date on acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: 30 days from date on acceptance letter. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • TBD 
      • Details: A mandatory two-day orientation will be held the week before classes start. This is typically in late August.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: TBD. Classes typically start just after Labor Day.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: Generally not considered.