Pacific University Oregon
School of Pharmacy

Pacific University Oregon now offers a Dual MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree, with a research emphasis.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  February 1, 2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Pacific University Oregon now offers a Dual MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree, with a research emphasis.

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Block
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.S.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: PharmD/MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences PharmD/MHA (Master of Healthcare Administration)
    • 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)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Pacific University School of Pharmacy offers a three-year program that leads to a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.

    Courses are offered in a modified block design, allowing students to study one topic at a time before moving on to another content area. Experiential components are integrated into the first two didactic years of study, and the third year is devoted entirely to advanced clinical experience.

    At Pacific, we emphasize integration of concepts, as well as teamwork and collaboration among students. As one of several health professions programs offered at Pacific's Hillsboro Campus, we also emphasize interprofessional cooperation among the healthcare team.

    The School of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the ACPE. We admitted our first class in Fall 2006. Today, our average class size is approximately 100 students.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    We are excited to announce we now offer a PharmD/M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences joint degree program, to be completed within 4 years. 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 235
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 190
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 100
    • 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: 2.7 Recommended for Cumulative, Science and last 45 semester credit hours
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • 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
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 49%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 50%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-46
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 62
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 35
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 93
    • 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 62  93 
      General Biology with labs (one year)   12 
      Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (one year)   12 
      Economics (Micro or Macro)  
      Social/Behavioral Sciences (Anthropology, Government, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Human Development, etc.)  
      Humanities/Fine Arts (Geography, Religion, History, Literature, Performance Arts, Visual Arts, Foreign Language, Drama, etc.)  
      Microbiology (no lab required)  
      General Chemistry with labs (one year)   12 
      Organic Chemistry with labs (one year)   12 
      Physics with a lab (general or upper-level)  
      English - 2 courses total - at least one English composition course - one more course English, Composition, Literature, Writing, etc.  
      Speech/Communication - Public Speaking, Oral Communication, Speech, Debate, etc. will count 
      Psychology (General/Intro or Abnormal will count)  
    • Additional Information: 
      • Science courses must be designed for science majors or pre-professional students.
      • Science courses recommended to be taken within the last 7 years.
      • Must receive a grade of “C” or better in each prerequisite and complete all courses before matriculation in August.
      • AP credit (must show proof of a 4 or 5 on the exam) is acceptable for non-science courses.
      • For the Anatomy and Physiology prerequisites, we prefer - HUMAN Anatomy and HUMAN Physiology. We also prefer a year long series, and courses to be taken at the same institution; however combined courses are accepted.

      For more details about our Prerequisite Requirements, please view our webpage:

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? No

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: 
      • Deadline: February 1, 2018 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Supplemental Application: Pacific University Website

        Pacific University School of Pharmacy Supplemental Application is available at:

        Only Complete Applications Are Reviewed

        An application to our School of Pharmacy is complete when we have received a PharmCAS and Pacific Supplemental application by the appropriate deadline dates. Applications are not reviewed until we have received both parts to make a complete file.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 
        TOEFL Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers
        A qualifying TOEFL score is required for non-native English speakers. For the Internet-based test, our required test score is 100 overall. Please view our website for minimum section scores: 
        Other Ways to Fulfill English Language Proficiency Policy
        Exception to TOEFL requirement: Completion of a Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate or professional degree prior to matriculation in August 2017. Degree must be from a regionally accredited college or university where English is the only language of instruction.
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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: 

      Pacific University requires two letters of reference, but a candidate can submit up to four through PharmCAS. The admissions committee will review all of the letters of reference received at the time the application is submitted (up to four). Students must submit these letters through PharmCAS. Overall, candidates should be asking individuals who know them well, and can attest to academic and/or professional capabilities.

      We don’t require letters of reference from specific individuals, but letters from pharmacists and science professors can be beneficial. 


    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Co-Worker
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: 
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: 
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Saturday - September 29, 2018 (Early Decision) 
      • Saturday - November 17, 2018 
      • Friday - January 26, 2019 
      • Friday - February 8, 2019 
      • Friday - March 8, 2019 
      • Friday - March 29, 2019 
    • Details: 
      Selected applicants will be invited for interviews. Interviews take place on Friday or Saturdays. Students typically interview with one School of Pharmacy representative (faculty, staff or student) and one local pharmacist. An impromptu writing sample is required. Applicants receive a tour of the facilities, interact with fellow candidates and ask questions of current students during a discussion panel.
      Please see website for more information and a listing of 2018-2019 interview days:  

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent out within two weeks of each interview day. We operate on a rolling admissions cycle, which means earlier applicants can benefit from an earlier interview day, and thus an earlier admissions decision.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 2 weeks after receipt of acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1000; applied toward tuition
      • Due: Due 2 weeks after receipt of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • early August 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Early August This changes every year, so please refer to our Admitted Students webpage for more information:
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Deferral requests are considered on a case by case basis, and determined by the admissions committee.