University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy John Stauffer Pharmaceutical Sciences Center

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Xin Gong  
      • Associate Director of Admission  
      • Office of Admission & Student Affairs  
      • 1985 Zonal Avenue PSC 206A  
      • Los Angeles 
      • California 
      • 90089-9121  
      • Phone (Work): 323-442-1466 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  November 2, 2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.S.
      • PharmD/P.H.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/J.D.
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: Baccalaureate degree required for admission
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Fridays: Sept. 12, 2014; February 6, March 27, May 1, June 12, 2015 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • 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? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:
      • Health Sciences Campus 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The USC School of Pharmacy is the oldest pharmacy school in Southern California. Over fifty percent of the practicing pharmacists in the region are graduates of USC. The school has an annual average student body of 740 full-time students in the professional program.

    The school occupies state-of-the-art facilities on the USC Health Sciences campus adjacent to the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center (one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country), the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Doheny Eye Institute and the USC University Hospital. Students receive their clinical training at these facilities. For its clinical and experiential programs, the school utilizes many affiliated hospitals, health care clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health care agencies and pharmacies in the region. The School of Pharmacy has served as a model for other progressive pharmacy schools. USC was the first to establish the six-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree as the first professional degree, the first to initiate a clinical pharmacy program, the first to create a PharmD/MBA dual degree, first to implement the MS and PhD in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy. The PharmD/JD, the PharmD/MS in Regulatory Science and the PharmD/MPH., Master of Public Health, PharmD/MS in Gerontology, PharmD/MS in Global Medicine, and PharmD/MS in Healthcare Decision Analysis have been added to the available choices.

    The USC PharmD program emphasizes the application of drug knowledge in patient care. Patient care experiences begin early and increase both in scope and complexity as the student progresses through the program.

    Mission Statement: We will lead schools of pharmacy by demonstrating and shaping the future of pharmacy practice, integrative research, and educational excellence.  

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 430
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 280
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 190
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 15
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 37%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 63%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 440
    • 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
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 21-35
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Bachelor's degree required
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 20
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Bachelor's degree required
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total Bachelor's degree required  Bachelor's degree required 
      Calculus (for science majors)  
      For Internationals (Holders of foreign US bachelor's degrees with US equivalency) English (expository writing)   12 
      For Internationals (Holders of foreign US bachelor's degrees with US equivalency) Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking  
      General Biology w/lab (excludes human anatomy & physiology, botany, and microbiology)  12 
      Human Physiology 
      Microbiology (fundamentals of microbiology for science majors)  
      General Chemistry w/lab (for science majors-include inorganic & qualitative analysis)  12 
      Organic Chemistry w/lab (for science majors)   12 
      Biochemistry (for science majors one upper division course)  
    • Additional Information: General Biology w/lab (excludes human anatomy & physiology, botany and microbiology), Human Physiology, Microbiology (fundamental of microbiology with lab for science majors), General chemistry (for science majors to include inorganic & qualitative chemistry), Biochemistry (for science major one upper division course). Statistics (non-business), Physics (science or life science majors- thermodynamics & electromagnetism recommended), uppder division Molecular Biology, Social and Behavioral Sciences - Human Behavior (General Psychology or Intro to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology or a related course) are recommended.

      a) A bachelor’s degree is required.
      b) Minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) in all college work and prepharmacy requirements is required for consideration for an interview.
      c)Two (2) semesters and three (3) quarters are necessary to meet a one year requirement for combined semester and quarters.
      d) Holders of international bachelor's degrees are required to complete the following courses in the USA at an accredited four year degree granting college or university: biochemistry, human physiology, and microbiology. English and Public Speaking must also be completed in the USA, but may be completed at a two year college along with any other required humanities, social or behavioral sciences.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

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

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  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? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? No
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? No
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 11/2/2015 Received by deadline

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Requirements for the Letters of Recommendation: one letter must be from a science professor with whom you took a class and/or did research. The remaining two letters may be from professors, advisors, researchers, pharmacists or employers.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pharmacist
      • 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. 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • 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:
      • Fridays: Oct. 17, Nov. 21, 2014; Jan. 16, Feb. 20, 2015; Saturday: March 14, 2015 
    • Details: 

      All interviews consist of two parts: an oral interview and a writing test. The purpose of the interview is to assess the candidates oral and communication skills, writing skills, leadership ability, and motivation or potential to be a successful pharmacist. All applicants offered an interview will be notified two to three weeks prior to the scheduled interviews. An interview acceptance confirmation is required. Interviews are rarely rescheduled.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Mail dates vary; Earliest date of 2-4 weeks after interview. Latest date is last week prior to Orientation.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two (2) weeks after acceptance.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500 (no personal checks)
      • Due: Two (2) weeks from date of acceptance.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 12-13, 18, 20, 2015 
      • Details: Attendance mandatory.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 24, 2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: Not considered. Must repeat the entire application process.