The USC College of Pharmacy operates on a rolling admission basis, therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early in the admission cycle as possible ensuring review of their application early in the process, increasing chances of an interview and admission consideration.
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The USC College of Pharmacy operates on a rolling admission basis, therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early in the admission cycle as possible ensuring review of their application early in the process, increasing chances of an interview and admission consideration.
715 Sumter Street
CLS 109
South Carolina
United States
South Carolina

Program Application Deadline

March 1, 2024
Applicants must submit their PharmCAS application by the March 1, 2024 final deadline. Applicants have until April 1, 2024 for PharmCAS to receive all transcripts and verify the application. Applications that are not complete and/or not verified by April 1, 2024, may not be considered for an admission interview.
October 2, 2023
As the USC College of Pharmacy operates on a rolling admission basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early in the admission cycle as possible. Applicants that submit their PharmCAS application and required materials by the October 2, 2023 priority deadline ensure review of their application early in the process, increasing chances of an interview invitation and admission consideration.

Program Information

Full Accreditation
Our Greenville campus, located within the USC School of Medicine-Greenville building on the Prisma Health-Upstate campus, the largest care provider in the region. Learn more:
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 2 - 4
Not Required
Early assurance

Last Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), Other Dual Degrees
Students can enroll in the Masters level programs as early as their 3rd year in the PharmD program; they are able to share a limited number of credit hours between the 2 programs, resulting in reduced tuition/degree completion time for the Masters program. For more information please contact our Director of Admissions at

Program Description

Our faculty and staff are personally invested in your development as a health care leader. As the oldest and largest college of pharmacy in the state, our mission is to prepare the next generation of innovative and collaborative pharmacists and health scientists while pioneering clinical, entrepreneurial, and research endeavors to improve health outcomes for residents of South Carolina and beyond.

Our curriculum utilizes educational outcomes to build strong foundations in relevant disciplines, with particular emphasis on biomedical, pharmaceutical, social, administrative, and clinical sciences. Faculty serve as facilitators, guiding students to develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice skills. The college incorporates didactic, interprofessional, laboratory-based, and experiential educational opportunities to create a rich, diverse learning environment.
Students may choose to apply for the opportunity to enhance their education through combination degree programs, such as the professional master’s in business administration and the master’s in health information technology. Optional track and scholars programs are available in the areas of business and entrepreneurship; rural health; leadership and residency preparation. Students have access to the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center, the Palmetto Poison Center and opportunities to participate in service-learning, research leading to new therapies alongside internationally renowned faculty, and the ability to learn with and from multiple other health profession students. With over 600 experiential sites around the world, our students experience first-rate and first-hand learning.

Students also enjoy university benefits of tickets to various sporting events, an option for membership in more than 500 organizations on campus, and proximity to beaches and mountains!

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

Applicants are responsible for verifying that they meet the minimum GPA requirements before applying. The application fee will not be refunded if the application requirements are not met.
More information can be found at Applicants are encouraged to reach out to our Director of Admissions, Ms. Nikki Mellen, with any questions regarding course equivalencies or to review transcripts and provide a course evaluation to ensure applicants are on track to complete the required courses before beginning the Pharm.D. program, if accepted.

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Biology/Biological Science General Biology I with Lab 4 6
Chemistry General Chemistry I with Lab 4 6
Math Calculus 3 4.5
English Composition / Writing English: Reading/Composition 3 4.5
Humanities Liberal Art Elective 1 3 4.5
Biology/Biological Science General Biology II with Lab 4 6
Chemistry General Chemistry II with Lab 4 6
Statistics Statistics 3 4.5
English Composition / Writing English: Literature/Composition 3 4.5
Humanities Liberal Art Elective 2 3 4.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4 6
Anatomy & Physiology Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 4.5
Physics General Physics I 3 4.5
Economics Principles of Economics 3 4.5
Psychology General Psychology 3 4.5
Chemistry Organic Chemistry II with Lab 4 6
Anatomy & Physiology Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 4.5
Microbiology Microbiology 3 4.5
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Public Speaking 3 4.5
Humanities Liberal Art Elective 3 3 4.5
Applicants must complete all required course prerequisites, with a grade of C- or higher, by the end of the Summer 2024 term prior to enrolling in the Pharm.D. degree program in Fall 2024.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: No
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Varies
Online Public Speaking and lab courses may not be accepted to fulfill pharmacy prerequisite requirements. If you have specific questions, please reach out to our Director of Admissions at
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Varies
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Varies
Pass/Fail courses will be evaluated for fulfilling pharmacy prerequisite requirements if documentation is provided showing that a ‘Pass’ indication at the institution is equivalent to a C- or higher.
Science courses must be for majors. General biology I and II, general chemistry I and II and organic chemistry I and II courses must include a laboratory component. With PRIOR APPROVAL from the College of Pharmacy, you may substitute two general biology courses with a combination of 1) botany and zoology or 2) genetics and cell biology. We do NOT require a lab component for physics, microbiology or anatomy and physiology I and II. We will accept a combination of a separate human comparative anatomy course (3 credit hours) and human physiology course (3 credit hours) to fulfill the 6-credit hour Anatomy and Physiology I & II requirement. Liberal Art electives can include humanities and social science courses. Examples of commonly accepted humanities include: art, ethics, creative writing, fine arts, languages, music, religion, and theater. Examples of social sciences include anthropology, additional economic courses, geography, history, political science, sociology, and women studies. For any questions regarding prerequisite course requirements or for a transcript evaluation, please contact our Director of Admissions at

Supplemental Materials


PCAT and Other Tests

The USC College of Pharmacy will not require the PCAT for admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program for the 2023-2024 application cycle. Applicants can submit PCAT or other test scores they would like the Admissions Committee to consider.

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
Applicants are strongly encouraged to have pharmacy exposure hours; this exposure can be obtained by working or volunteering in a pharmacy, shadowing or interviewing a pharmacist or any combination of these activities. While there is not a minimum number of required pharmacy exposure hours, this is an important factor in application evaluations. This should be included on the PharmCAS Application and resume, providing details related to each experience, including location, dates and hours.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Two (2)
  • Co-Worker: ACCEPTED
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Any Subject Area): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
Not Accepted
Not Accepted
Two electronic evaluations (letters of reference/recommendation) are required to be submitted through the PharmCAS application. Inappropriate evaluations include those written by any family members, friends, or family friends. Evaluations that are conditionally accepted, are appropriate if the individual can speak to the characteristics evaluated by the Admissions Committee such as empathy, ethics, intellectual ability, judgment, oral communication, reliability. If individuals do not know you well enough to speak to such characteristics, they would be considered inappropriate evaluations.


As a state-assisted institution, we give preference to in-state applicants, defined in the admissions context as South Carolina residents and non-South Carolina residents who are attending a South Carolina college or university. Residency determinations for tuition purposes are set by the Office of the University Registrar; more information can be found on their website at

International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Foreign transcript evaluation reports must be sent to PharmCAS. Once an application is verified, coursework will be evaluated at the college level to determine equivalency and applicability to pharmacy prerequisite courses. Courses must have been completed with a C- or higher to be considered equivalent and/or applicable to a pharmacy prerequisite requirements. English language/literature and public speaking pharmacy prerequisites must be completed at a college or university accredited in the United States, excluding courses delivered via electronic media. More information regarding requirements for international students can be found on our website at
International students must be proficient in English. Proficiency is measured through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of at least 550 on the paper based exam, a 77 on the internet based TOEFL, or 210 on the computer-based TOEFL is required. Alternatively, USC will accept a score of at least a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or a score of at least a 53 on the PTE Academic Test.

If you have taken the University of South Carolina's equivalent of English 101 and 102 at a US Institution of higher education and received a letter grade of ‘B’ or higher in each course, you may be exempt from submitting additional forms of English proficiency. Please contact our Director of Admissions at if you have questions regarding this requirement.
Details on Post-B.S. Pharm.D. Programs
Foreign-educated pharmacists without a U.S. license who are interested in the entry-level Pharm.D. program must complete all application and admission requirements, including requirements for international students. More information regarding requirements for international students can be found on our website at


Individual applicants with one interviewer
Interviews are by invitation only and required for admission into the Pharm.D. program. The Interview Day is a half-day in length. It includes an overview of the program by an administrator, a tour of the pharmacy school, and one-on-one interviews. The interviewers include faculty members, alumni, and preceptors. The time of each Interview Day varies. Interview invitations will be emailed to the email address provided in the PharmCAS Application.

Accepted Applicants

Applicants accepted to the program are required to secure their seat by submitting a non-refundable $485.00 seat deposit that can be split into two payments: $200 due within 2 weeks of notification of acceptance and a second payment of $285.00 due by March 15, 2024. Applicants accepted after March 1, 2024 must submit the $485.00 deposit within 2 weeks of notification of acceptance.
The first date of class for Fall 2024 is scheduled for August 26, 2024, please note that this date is subject to change. Accepted students are also required to attend an Orientation that will occur before the start of classes in August. Accepted students will receive additional information regarding dates, etc. during the Spring 2024 semester.

Background Checks and Drug Screenings