Northeastern University (PharmD only)

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Admissions Coordinator

Direct-Entry Admissions, Office of the Dean

Northeastern University, School of Pharmacy
360 Huntington Avenue
Mailstop R218 TF
Boston, Massachusetts 02115


Program Deadline (back to top)

Application Deadline for Program? May 1, 2020

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Satellite/Branch Campuses:
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:
  • Trimester with summer term
Total # of PharmD seats filled in the last entering class: 120
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: 4
Is a Baccalaureate degree required or preferred for admissions? Required
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

Program Description (back to top)

Northeastern’s PharmD offers the personal attention of a small program, backed by the resources of a top research university.">

Northeastern Advantage

CO-OP = MORE EXPERIENCE: We are the only US school of pharmacy with a cooperative education (co-op) program. Students complete 2 full-time, 4-month, paid co-op experiences providing more than 4 times the number of IPPE hours as compared to most PharmD programs

PARTNERSHIPS: Co-op is rooted in our proximity to Boston's top-ranked institutions. Clinical affiliations include three medical schools, world-renowned hospitals, research facilities, community pharmacies, biotech, & private healthcare. Northeastern also offers a variety of post-PharmD research fellowships with innovative industry partners.">

RESEARCH: ranked #1 in the nation among private schools of pharmacy in NIH funding

SUCCESS: Placement in residencies/fellowships, passing the NAPLEX, securing employment, pursuing advanced degrees: our students succeed, with 95% employed or in post-graduate training within 6 months:">

Program Statistics (back to top)

Total entering class size for current calendar year including early assurance advancing to the P1 year: 120
Number of early assurance students advancing to the P1 year in the current calendar year: 75

Program Criteria (back to top)

Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.70
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.00
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
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:
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Biology I  General Biology I   4.5 
Biology II  General Biology II with lab  
Chemistry  General Chemistry I   4.5 
Chemistry  General Chemistry II with a lab  
Physics  Physics   4.5 
Chemistry I (organic)  Organic Chemistry I with lab  
Chemistry I (organic)  Organic Chemistry II with lab  
Biochemistry  Biochemistry  4.5 
Math  Calculus or Statistics  4.5 
Anatomy & Physiology I  Human Physiology I  4.5 
Anatomy & Physiology II  Human Physiology I with Lab (see note below for details)  

Additional Information

A total of 7 accredited semester hours of HUMAN-based Physiology and Anatomy are required by the program (which must include one lab).  Courses designed for health professions are highly preferred.  Please check with an advisor at your current institution to see which courses fit these requirements.  If a general anatomy or physiology course is taken, 80% of the course content must be based on HUMAN systems.

Only grades of C or better are acceptable to fulfil prerequisite courses. Undergraduate and prerequisite grade point averages (GPA) of 3.00 or higher are preferred.

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Not Required or Considered


Not required or considered. No other standardized tests are considered except for TOEFL

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores:



For students whose native language is not English, proof of English language proficiency is required.

Minimum TOEFL scores 79.

Select code 8246 to report TOEFL to Northeastern.

* Please note that the dual MPH/PharmD degree has different (higher) TOEFL requirements

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Do you accept or require other admission tests:


Do you require accepted applicants to have CPR certification prior to matriculation: No

Residency (back to top)

Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Are foreign citizens considered (excluding Canadian citizens)? Yes
Eligible citizenship type for admission:
  • US Citizens
  • US Permanent Residents
  • US Temporary Residents
  • Canadian Citizens
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS

Northeastern University accepts international students & considers foreign degrees. We do not allow domestic or international students to enter the program with advanced academic standing. All successful applicants must complete the 4 full professional years at Northeastern in order to receive a PharmD.

Students from school systems that use English as the primary language do not need to verify their transcripts. Non-English language transcripts must be submitted for verification through World Education Services (WES) Inc.  A course-by-course GPA and degree equivalency evaluation is required.

International students are required to complete all prerequisite coursework prior to matriculating.  Missing prerequisite will prevent a student from being invited to interview.

In-person interviews are a required component of the application process. Exceptions are not made for those who live outside the US.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference) (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) required by your institution? Yes
Number of LORs required: Two (2)
Institution Specific Details:

Letters of reference must be received from two different individuals.

Letters from family members, friends, or individuals who provide healthcare to the applicant are not accepted.

Please indicate your LOR type requirements.

  • Clergy: Not Applicable

  • Co-Worker: Not Applicable

  • Employer: Recommended but not required

  • Faculty Advisor: Recommended but not required

  • Family Member: Not accepted

  • Friend: Not accepted

  • Health Care Professional: Conditionally Accepted

  • Pharmacist: Recommended but not required

  • Politician: Not accepted

  • Pre-Health Advisor: Recommended but not required

  • Professor (Liberal Arts): Recommended but not required

  • Professor (Math): Recommended but not required

  • Professor (Science): Recommended but not required

  • Supervisor: Recommended but not required

  • Teaching Assistant: Not accepted

What is your college/school policy on committee letters? Not Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
What is your college/school policy on composite letters? Not Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No

Interviews (back to top)

Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

Qualified PharmCAS applicants will be contacted to schedule interview times. In-person interviews are a required component of the application process. Exceptions are not made for this requirement.

Interview days will include an overview of the program, meetings with faculty, and Multiple Mini Interviews.  You will have an opportunity to meet with student ambassadors to ask questions.  Co-op is a unique feature of the Northeastern PharmD program, and you will have an opportunity to hear first-hand about the amazing experiential education available.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500.00
Refundable? No
Details: The total deposit submitted by the student is credited to the students' fall tuition.
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 09/08/2020
Web link or URL of your institutional web page: For more information: