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Contact Information

2575 Yorba Linda Blvd.
United States
  • Name: Christopher Bell
    Title: Assistant Dean of Student Services
    Office: Office of Student Services
    Phone (Work): 714-872-5698

Program Application Deadline

June 1, 2021
MBKU College of Pharmacy utilizes a rolling admissions process. This means that the sooner you apply, the sooner we will review your application and make an admissions decision. If you are still completing coursework or other requirements, you may still apply while those are pending. Generally speaking, there is no benefit to waiting to submit an application.

Program Information

Full Accreditation
Quarter (4 terms per academic year)
* 4

Last Entering Class


Upcoming Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees


Program Description

In 1904, Marshall B. Ketchum, MD, applied his training in pharmacy and ophthalmology to start a college that would eventually become Marshall B. Ketchum University. With well over 100 years of experience training health care providers, MBKU has both the knowledge and resources to continue providing a world-class educational experience. When the university decided to start a pharmacy program, we did so with the future of health care in mind. It was imperative that the curriculum be setup in a way that graduates would be eligible to work as advanced practice pharmacists and work alongside future clinicians from other healthcare disciplines. With approximately 52 seats per class, students will have substantial access to faculty, administration and each other. This access allows for consistent collaboration in learning and scholarship that will prove to enhance student success in the program and beyond. Additionally, a small class size allows students to customize their educational experience and to gives them the best opportunity to pursue their career goals.

Graduates from MBKU have been offered positions in numerous disciplines of pharmacy. Whether you prefer retail, clinical, specialty, ambulatory care or any other area of pharmacy, MBKU will provide the knowledge and opportunity to pursue your career goals.

As residency programs become more competitive, MBKU COP graduates have earned residency positions in California and numerous other states. These graduates were able to utilize the program's many characteristics to find the opportunities that would propel them to the career options of their choice.

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

While there is not a minimum GPA requirement, our average overall GPA is a 3.0. If you are concerned about your GPA, please reach out to our office to find out how you can improve your chances of gaining admission.
Please contact us directly if you have questions about your coursework qualifying for our admissions requirments.

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Biology/Biological Science General Biology (with labs, one year sequence) 3 4
Biology/Biological Science General Biology (with labs, one year sequence) 3 4
Microbiology Microbiology 3 3
Chemistry Organic Chemistry (with labs, one year sequence) 3 4
Chemistry Organic Chemistry (with labs, one year sequence) 3 4
Chemistry General Chemistry (with labs, one year sequence) 3 4
Chemistry General Chemistry (with labs, one year sequence) 3 4
Math Calculus 3 4
Anatomy Human Anatomy (with lab) 3 4
Physiology Human Physiology (with lab) 3 4
English Composition / Writing English (Preferred: composition, Critical Reading and Writing, Critical Analysis, Technical Writing)* requirement waived for students with a Bachelors Degree. 3 3
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Communication course (Preferred: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication) 3 3
Psychology Psychology 3 3
Economics Economics (Macro or Micro) 3 3
Applicants must complete their prerequisite courses before matriculation in August of 2021
A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent institution as determined by Marshall B. Ketchum University, is preferred for admission, but not not required for consideration. Outstanding applicants will have also taken courses in Biochemistry, Physics, Statistics, Leadership Development, and Cultural Diversity.

Supplemental Materials

Qualified students will be selected to conduct an interview. They will complete a writing sample during their interview process.

PCAT and Other Tests

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is not required for students who have a Bachelors Degree. Students that do not have a Bachelors Degree MUST submit PCAT scores. PCAT scores may be required for applicants with a foreign degree

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
We encourage applicants to get us much experience in the field as possible. If a student does not have any experience, please let admissions know so that we can potentially schedule an opportunity to gain exposure to the pharmacy profession.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Three (3)
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: ACCEPTED
  • Pharmacist: ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
Recommended but not required
Recommended but not required
Strongly Preffered: Pharmacist and Science Faculty Also Recommended: Immediate supervisor, healthcare provider, Non-Science Faculty


As a private institution, there are no residency requirements.

International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
PCAT scores may be required for applicants with a foreign degree.

Preferred transcript evaluation services:
* Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
* World Education Services, Inc.
* Joseph Silny & Associates, Inc.
* American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
For the 2020-2021 application cycle, international applicants must be US citizens or have permanent resident status. Non-native English speakers, who have not earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution, must also submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores should be sent directly using Marshall B. Ketchum University Code 4893.


Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Applicants will interview with 2 individuals affiliated with the College of Pharmacy (i.e. faculty, student, preceptors, etc.). These are 30 minute closed file interviews.

Accepted Applicants

Deposits are partially refundable for applicants that notify us of their intentions to withdraw by May 1, 2021.
  • August 16, 2021

Background Checks and Drug Screenings