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What are the admissions requirements? 

To be eligible for admission into the entry-level Pharm.D. degree program, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree and present evidence of successful completion of the required prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States:

  • The applicant must be in good academic standing at each college or university attended.
  • Competitive applicants have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 (4.0 scale).
  • Competitive applicants have a minimum math/science GPA of 2.8 (4.0 scale).
  • Application is through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).
  • The following material must be sent to PharmCAS along with your application:
    • Personal statement (minimum of 250 words) that describes your goals and reasons for pursuing a career in pharmacy
    • An official transcript from each college or university attended
    • Official scores from the Pharmacy College Admission Test PCAT
    • Two professional letters of recommendation, one of which from a science professor or instructor and the other from a non-relative
    • If selected for an interview, you will be asked to provide your official college or university transcripts.

If you meet all eligibility requirements, you may then be contacted for an in-person interview. If selected for an interview, updated official transcripts from each college or university attended must be submitted prior to the interview. During the interview, an additional writing and mathematics test will be administered.

If you are an undergraduate or transfer student, please click here for information about the pre-pharmacy program.

NOTE: Admission into the Pharm.D. degree program is highly competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee automatic admission.

When can I apply?

The School of Pharmacy will begin accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year beginning in July 2016. The deadline to apply through Pharmcas is March 1, 2017.

Is the Pharmacy program accredited?

The University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy has been granted candidate accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). View more information regarding the School's accreditation status.

Is a bachelor's degree required?

Yes. Applicants must have completed, or be near completing, either a B.S. or B.A. degree in order to apply for the program.

Is a PCAT exam required?


Do you offer a Pre-Pharmacy program?

The University of Saint Joseph offers undergraduate students a pre-professional Pharmacy track. Students who plan to apply for the Pharmacy program in their senior year will complete all required prerequisites as part of their undergraduate course of study. For additional information, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 860.231.5216.

How many students will be enrolled?

Ninety P1 students will be enrolled for the 2016-17 academic year.

How much does the program cost? Is financial aid available?

The tuition for the first year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program for 2015-2016 is $45,915. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify, so visit the Student Financial Services Office at the time of application.

Will the Pharmacy program be on campus?

The Doctor of Pharmacy program is housed in our new state-of-the-art facility located at 229 Trumbull Street in Hartford, CT.

Will there be student housing available?

There are several apartment complexes within walking distance of the School of Pharmacy.  Please visit the Pharmacy program website or contact the Office of Admission and Student Affairs, University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy at 860.231.5858 for further information.

What are the benefits of your program?

The modified-block curriculum of the Pharm.D. program not only allows students to receive the financial benefits of employment sooner, but also has a proven record of increasing students' ability to master the didactic material. It provides students with a rich experiential education in area pharmacies (community and institutional). Traditionally, the cohort model results in high pass rates on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination. Students will also benefit from the University's history and reputation in the health science arena, as well as its long-standing collaborative relationship with hospitals and health care facilities.