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Admission Criteria

The MUSC Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program requires at least 66 hours of prerequisite coursework (typically two years) followed by four academic years of professional study.

Submission of the PharmCAS and supplemental application are required for international applicants. Please refer to our International Admission Requirements for more information.

Admission to the MUSC College of Pharmacy is competitive and based on the following:

  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses
  • Cumulative and prerequisite GPA
  • PCAT scores (composite and writing)
  • Interview evaluations
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Pharmacy exposure
  • Research experience
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Honors/awards

The PCAT is offered every year in January, February, July, September, October, and November. The 2018 to 2019 test dates are:

July 11 & 18
September 6 to 7
October 22 to 31
November 1 to 2
January 3 to 4 (2019) 
February 1 to 14 (2019)

Please visit the Pharmacy College Admission Test website for more information on registration deadlines.


Prerequisite Requirements for PharmD Program

General Chemistry 8 hours
Organic Chemistry 8 hours
Physics 3 hours
Calculus3 hours
Statistics 3 hours
Biology 8 hours
English Composition 3 hours
English Literature/Composition 3 hours
Verbal Skills (Public Speaking)3 hours
Economics 3 hours
Psychology 3 hours
Liberal Arts Elective 9 hours
Anatomy/Physiology 6 hours
Microbiology 3 hours
TOTAL 66 hours

  • Calculus: General calculus and calculus for business or life sciences majors will be accepted
  • Science Courses: must be designated for science majors
  • Biology: Two general biology courses may be substituted with a combination of botany, zoology, cell biology, or genetics upon approval of MUSC COP
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: May include a 3-hour course in anatomy and a 3-hour course in physiology or 6-hour anatomy integrated with physiology courses. 6 hours of Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Animal Physiology will be accepted. 6 hours must come from two lecture courses
  • Microbiology: Microbiology lab is not required
  • Physics: Algebra or calculus based physics will be accepted. A physics lab is not required
  • Statistics: Introductory statistics or a statistics for life sciences, business, mathematics, etc. majors will be accepted
  • Public Speaking: Public Speaking or Speech will be accepted
  • Economics: Introductory economics, microeconomics, or macroeconomics will be accepted
  • Liberal Arts electives: Courses in humanities and social sciences are accepted. Examples of humanities include: art, business, ethics, creative writing, fine arts, languages, music, religion, and theater. Examples of social sciences include: anthropology, additional economic courses, child development, geography, history, management, political science, social work, sociology, and women’s studies

To be considered for admission, applicants must take the PCAT exam prior to the PharmCAS application deadline. PCAT scores are reported to PharmCAS using code 104 upon exam registration. Any exam scores older than 5 years will not be accepted and the exam will need to be repeated.


  • In order to apply, a candidate must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate and graduate GPAs will be combined). The average GPA of admitted students is 3.5. While a minimum PCAT score is not required, note that the average composite PCAT score of admitted students is 70
  • It is the candidate’s responsibility to verify that minimum GPA requirements are met. An application fee refund will not be issued if application requirements are not met
  • Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended for all coursework (including outside of PharmD prerequisites) taken through the last semester prior to applying to PharmCAS
  • Applicants must submit transcripts of completed fall 2018 course grades to PharmCAS and update the PharmCAS academic update window as soon as grades are available

To accelerate the processing of fall 2018 course grades, applicants should request an official transcript to be mailed to MUSC Admissions in addition to PharmCAS. Please send official transcripts to:

ATTN: MUSC Admissions
Office of Enrollment Management
45 Courtenay Drive, 3rd Floor, Room 359
MSC 203
Charleston, SC 29425-2030

  • Applicants must submit transcripts for coursework taken during spring and summer 2019 semesters (if applicable) to the MUSC Admissions Office as soon as grades are available
  • When submitting transcripts via PharmCAS, applicants must use the Transcript Request Form found on the PharmCAS website. Only transcripts mailed along with the Transcript Request Form will be accepted
  • It can take up to five weeks to process transcripts via PharmCAS. It is recommended that applicants apply early to prevent any delays in processing
  • AP scores must be submitted by the applicant to MUSC Admissions, College Code 5407 to the Office of Enrollment Management address above
  • AP scores may be requested through College Board