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

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  December 3, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • 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/Ph.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: August 24, September 14, October 5, 2018; February 22, April 5, 2019 
      • Details:  
    • 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 ↑ 

    A top ten ranked pharmacy school and the top private pharmacy school in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report, USC School of Pharmacy has sparked innovation and excellence for more than a century, creating forward-looking educational programs, establishing a national model of clinical pharmacy through its work serving at-risk communities, and helping pioneer the transition of the pharmacist’s role from a dispenser of medicines to a direct provider of patient care.


    Founded in 1905, the School created the nation’s first Doctor of Pharmacy program, the first clinical pharmacy program, the first clinical clerkships, the first doctorates in pharmaceutical economics and regulatory science, and a number of dual-degree programs including the first PharmD/MBA.


    Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the School’s setting offers unparalleled access to internship and shadowing opportunities. 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 Keck Medical Center of USC. 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 only private pharmacy school to own and operate its own pharmacies,USC School of Pharmacy is also the only pharmacy school that spans the entire spectrum of pharmaceutical development and clinical service — from drug discovery to regulatory approaches for safely moving drugs and medical devices to market, from the delivery of care in diverse settings to the evaluation of the impact of care on patient outcomes as well as healthcare costs.


    The School boasts a robust, engaged network of alumni, as more than half of all practicing pharmacists in Southern California are graduates of USC. The school has an annual student body of approximately 740 full-time students in the professional program. The program emphasizes excellence in clinical practice, with patient care experiences beginning early and increasing both in scope and complexity as a student progresses through the program.


    Mission statement:

    To advance health through excellence in pharmacy education, research and practice.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 420
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 300
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 190
    • 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: 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
    • Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.5
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 21-35
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3.5:1

  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 2019 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)  
      Statistics (non-business) 
    • 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), Calculus, and 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.

    • 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? No
      • Details: 
      • 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 ↑ 

    • 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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 11/1/2018 Postmarked 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
      • 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
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • Fridays: October 19, 2018; November 16, 2018; January 18, 2019; February 8, 2019; Saturday, March 9, 2019 
    • Details: 

      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 2-3 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: $1000 (no personal checks)
      • Due: Two (2) weeks from date of acceptance.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Orientation Part 1: July 16 - 18, 2018; Orientation Part 2: August 13 - 16, 2018 
      • Details: Attendance mandatory.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 20, 2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: Not considered. Must repeat the entire application process.