The University of Mississippi
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Dr. Chelsea Bennett 
      • Assistant Dean of Student Services 
      • School of Pharmacy 
      • University of Mississippi 
      • P.O. Box 1848 
      • University 
      • Mississippi 
      • 38677 
      • Phone (Work): 662-915-7996 
      • Phone (Fax): 662-915-5704 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

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

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • 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: 3-4 (three years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: School visitation (Oxford Campus) may be arranged by contacting or 662-915-7996 or visit 
      • Details: Students interested in visiting the University of MS School of Pharmacy should contact or 662-915-7996 or visit  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 


    The School of Pharmacy, founded in 1908 at The University of Mississippi, is recognized as one of the premier schools of pharmacy in the U.S. The School of Pharmacy is located on both the Oxford campus and Medical Center (Jackson) campus of the University of Mississippi. Oxford, a small town of about 20,000, is located 75 miles south of Memphis. The School of Pharmacy has approximately 250 pre-professional students, 400 professional students, and about 80 graduate students in the disciplines of Environmental Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology, and Pharmacy Administration. Students spend the first two years of the professional degree program on the Oxford campus, the third year at the Medical Center campus in Jackson, and the final year in rotations at various practice sites. The pass rate of graduates on the NAPLEX over the past five years is one of the highest in the nation and tuition is among the lowest of public schools and colleges of pharmacy.


    CURRICULUM: Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences -This is a four-year undergraduate degree that consists of one year of professional courses in addition to three years of pre-pharmacy courses. Completion of this degree and a 2.65 minimum GPA on first professional year courses with at least a C grade in each are  prerequisite for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, which requires an additional three years of study. Students are admitted to the B.S. program as either freshmen at The University of Mississippi (Early Entry) or after completion of three years of required pre-pharmacy courses (Regular Entry) at this university or other two or four year colleges/universities. Each entering professional class consists of a minimum of 115 Regular Entry and Early Entry students.


    DOCTOR OF PHARMACY DEGREE: The professional degree program (final year of the B.S. program and three additional years) was approved for reaccreditation by the Accrediting Council for Pharmaceutical Education in July 2012 for the maximum eight-year period. To be eligible for progression into the third professional year, students must obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on the second professional year required coursework. The third year course work utilizes a case-based and student-centered problem based learning format. Small groups of randomly assigned students coached by a faculty facilitator develop optimal treatment plans for hypothetical patients based on actual case histories. Students are evaluated on content knowledge, problem solving skills, and group dynamics. During the final year, each student will participate in five required calendar month rotations (adult medicine, ambulatory care, traditional institutional practice, traditional community practice, and a selective of either adult medicine or ambulatory care) and five additional elective rotations. The electives must be in at least three different areas of training. Students are provided the opportunity to enter preferences for their rotation sites, the majority of which are located in Mississippi. Students are encouraged to compete for nationally available rotations in order to partially satisfy their elective requirement.


    ADMISSION INFORMATION: The majority of B.S. students are admitted to the school after completion of a prescribed set of required pre-professional courses plus electives. These courses are traditionally completed in three years, but often are taken as a part of completion of a non-pharmacy undergraduate degree. Regular Entry application is made only through PharmCAS with a March 1 deadline.  Eligibility requirements for Regular Entry admission include a preferred 2.75 GPA on required pre-pharmacy courses with a grade of at least a C in each, a preferred minimum composite scaled score of 395, and a writing score of 3.0 on the Pharmacy College Admission Test taken during the calendar year of application. As determined from information submitted from PharmCAS, applicants who are competitive will be invited to submit a supplemental application to The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy which includes a supplemental application fee of $85. These individuals will be invited to attend one of several mandatory Applicant Day Programs and includes an interview and a Health Sciences Reasoning Test assessment. Students are admitted on the basis of a composite admission score incorporating pre-pharmacy GPA, PCAT composite scaled score, resume evaluation (leadership, service, employment history), interview and performance on the Health Sciences Reasoning Test. Mississippi residents are given priority for admission although non-Mississippi residents are also encouraged to apply. Non-resident tuition waivers are available to the top 10 non-resident applicants with a PCAT composite percentile score of 80 or above. Non-U.S. citizens must have completed all required pre-professional courses in the United States in order to be considered for admission. Bonus points are added to the admission score for applicants who have received a Masters, Ph.D., or professional doctorate degree (0.5) and/or applicants who meet the minimum 2.75 GPA and who complete all required pre-pharmacy courses at The University of Mississippi (0.4). All applicants will be notified of their admissions status no later than May 1st. Upon notification of admission to the program, a $500 nonrefundable seat deposit will be required to hold the applicant's seat in the program. Upon matriculation to the program, the seat deposit will be applied to the first semester fees.

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    The School of Pharmacy has enacted a random drug screening policy for its undergraduate and professional students. All students (PY1-PY4) enrolled in the undergraduate and professional degree programs will be subject to randomized drug (urine) screening during their time of enrollment in the program. 

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 150
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 83
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 115
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 37
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: In-State Preference; Qualified Non-Mississippi residents are encouraged to apply. Non-resident tuition waivers are available to applicant's whose PCAT composite percentile score is 80 or above.
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class:  The School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that scholarships covering non-Mississippi resident portion of tuition are available to applicants who have not been previously enrolled at the University of Mississippi. Applicants possessing a PCAT composite percentile score of 80 or above will be automatically considered for these awards. The scholarships are renewable for a second year provided the student achieves a 2.65 GPA on required first professional year courses. Following completion of the second professional year non-Mississippi resident have routinely obtained Mississippi residency and thereby, pay Mississippi resident tuition for the last two years of the professional program.
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75 based on all grades received for prerequisite courses.
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Composite scaled score of at least 395 and a writing score of 3.0.
    • 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: 33%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 67%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.61
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 22-30 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 91
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 53
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 
    • 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 91   
      English Comp I   
      Organic Chemistry I with Lab   
      Organic Chemistry II with Lab   
      Physics I with Lab   
      Physics II with Lab   
      Social Sciences   
      Humanities and Fine Arts *   
      Bioethics (Biomedical Ethics) *   
      Biochemistry **   
      Physiology (Human Physiology) **   
      Medical Microbiology (Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases) **   
      Cell Biology **   
      Genetics  3-4   
      Calculus I   
      Chemistry I with Lab   
      Chemistry II with Lab   
      Biology I with Lab   
      Biology II with Lab   
    • Additional Information: 

      *A minimum of 3 credit hours in each general area.
      ** Upper Division (+300, +3000)
      All grades on required courses will be included in the GPA calculation with the exception of original grades received earlier than 5 years preceding the application deadline, and repeated with a grade of C or better obtained within the 5-year period.

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Supplemental application is by invitation only. The School of Pharmacy will provide the website to selected applicants.
      • Deadline: 03/5/2018 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $85
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Supplemental application is by invitation only. The School of Pharmacy will provide the website to selected applicants.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2017
      • Details: 

        All 2017 scores and January 2018 scores will be considered.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      The Health Sciences Reasoning Test (HSRT) will be administered during the Applicant Day activities.


  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? Yes
    • 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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? No
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • 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: 
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Early Decision Interviews #1- September 22, 2017 
      • Regular Entry Interviews #1- October 6, 2017 
      • Regular Entry Interviews #2- February 9, 2018 
      • Regular Entry Interviews #3- March 23, 2018 
    • Details: 

      The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy requires a personal interview of all admitted students. Each applicant will have one interview. The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy uses a panel interview; the interview panel consists of one faculty member and one student. Interviews are scheduled in 20-minute blocks of time with 15 minutes allotted for the interview. The score on the interview is combined with the other required admission elements (pre-pharmacy GPA, composite PCAT score, biographical supplement, and critical thinking appraisal) to arrive at an applicant's admission score.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? The admissions review process occurs approximately every four weeks, and applicants will be notified as the committee reviews each application. All applicants will be notified of their final admissions status no later than May 1, 2018.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Response to the acceptance offer, along with the required seat deposit, is due two weeks from the date in which the offer is issued.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Within two weeks of provisional admission
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Upon matriculation to the program, the nonrefundable seat deposit will be applied to the first semester fees.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • TBD 
      • Details: New student orientation is held the Thursday and Friday prior to the start of PY1 classes (which are one week prior to the start of regular classes at the University of Mississippi, Oxford campus).
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: TBD. The first day of classes for PY1 students is one week prior to the start of regular classes at the University of Mississippi, Oxford campus.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: