Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Worcester, MA

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Denise Sancoucy
Operations Coordinator

Admission Office

19 Foster Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608

Phone (Work): 508-373-5607


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 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: 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

Program Description (back to top)

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. 


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 600 (500 Worcester/100 Manchester)
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 500 (410 Worcester/90 Manchester)
Estimated fall 2019 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 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.20 - 3.40
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-50
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: N/A

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 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. 

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


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



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.

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? 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, 2018 Received by deadline

A course-by-course evaluation is required for all college-level coursework completed outside the U.S. and Canada. We accept course-by-course evaluations from World Education Service (WES) only. Official transcript(s) from all foreign schools (except Canadian schools, where a WES evaluation is NOT required) must be submitted directly to MCPHS.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Four (4)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

One (1) letter of recommendation is required and must be received before verified application is reviewed by admission committee. An academic reference and/or a professional/healthcare reference is preferred by the admission committee.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


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


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

Interviews (back to top)

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, 2018.

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. 

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Rolling. Interview candidates will be notified of initial decision within two to four weeks of on-campus interview.
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?


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
First day of classes and/or matriculation: TBD. Classes typically start just after Labor Day.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No