The MUSC College of Pharmacy does not require the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) for admission. Out-of-state candidates are eligible for a tuition waiver that will reduce their tuition rate to the in-state/resident rate. For more information on our admission criteria, please visit https://pharmacy.musc.edu/students-and-admissions/prospective-students/admission-criteria
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Contact Information

The MUSC College of Pharmacy does not require the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) for admission. Out-of-state candidates are eligible for a tuition waiver that will reduce their tuition rate to the in-state/resident rate. For more information on our admission criteria, please visit https://pharmacy.musc.edu/students-and-admissions/prospective-students/admission-criteria
280 Calhoun Street
MSC 141
Charleston
South Carolina
29425
United States
South Carolina
Yes

Program Application Deadline

April 1, 2022
Both the PharmCAS and MUSC Supplemental application must be submitted by this deadline to be considered for fall 2022 admission.
October 1, 2021
Applicants applying early in the cycle will have a better opportunity to receive a Dean's Scholarship.
Yes

Program Information

Full Accreditation
No
Public
Yes
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 2 - 4
Not Required
Yes
Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s), Early assurance
Yes

Last Entering Class

76
Yes

Dual and Concurrent Degrees

Yes
PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/MSHI or MHIIM (Health Informatics), PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
No
More information about the MUSC College of Pharmacy's concurrent degree options can be found by visiting https://pharmacy.musc.edu/academic-programs/concurrent-degree-programs
Yes

Program Description

The Medical University of South Carolina has been producing high-quality pharmacy practitioners since 1882. MUSC provides a premier pharmacy education featuring innovative, interprofessional learning opportunities at South Carolina’s only full-range comprehensive academic health system. MUSC pharmacy students enjoy robust student life and typically far exceed the national average in student satisfaction, NAPLEX and MPJE scores, post-graduation employment, and residency placement (in 2018, the College ranked first in the nation with a 91% residency match rate). The College maintains three research centers, the S.C. Drug Discovery Core, and offers cutting-edge instruction in the pharmaceutical sciences with research opportunities in active laboratories. Nationally-recognized clinical pharmacists use the unique learning opportunities, practice experience, and active learning made possible by an academic medical system. Beautiful and historic Charleston, S.C. has been designated as one of America’s most livable cities and is an expanding mecca for high-tech industry.
Yes

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

2.5
3.0
To be considered for an interview, a candidate must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 OR a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (undergraduate and graduate GPAs will be combined). If you are unsure if you meet this requirement, please contact us to complete a transcript analysis.
66
36
99
54
66 hours of prerequisites are required for admission into the MUSC College of Pharmacy. Applicants are not required to have these hours complete at the time of applying, however, a plan must be in place to successfully complete the remaining hours prior to enrollment into our program. An offer of admission is contingent upon successful completion of all remaining prerequisites.
Yes

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Chemistry General Chemistry 8 12
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 8 12
Physics Physics 3 4.5
Math Calculus 3 4.5
Statistics Statistics 3 4.5
Biology/Biological Science Biology 8 12
English Composition / Writing English Composition 3 4.5
English Composition / Writing English Literature/Composition 3 4.5
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Speech/Verbal Skills/Public Speaking 3 4.5
Economics Economics 3 4.5
Psychology Psychology 3 4.5
Anatomy Human Anatomy 3 4.5
Physiology Human Physiology 3 4.5
General Elective(s) Liberal Arts Electives 9 13.5
Microbiology Microbiology 3 4.5
Applicants must successfully complete all course prerequisites by the end of summer 2022 term, prior to enrollment in fall 2022.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes
We will accept online science lab coursework from the spring, summer and fall 2020 terms, as well as the spring and summer 2021 terms due to the pandemic. Acceptance of online labs beyond these terms will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and dependent upon course availability at an applicant's primary institution. Please contact us directly with any questions or concerns.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
We will accept pass/fail coursework from the spring, summer, and fall 2020 terms, as well as the spring and summer 2021 terms due to the pandemic. Pass/fail coursework beyond the summer 2021 term would require approval by our admission office. Please contact us directly with any questions or concerns.
Please review our Frequently Accepted Prerequisite Course Guide: https://education.musc.edu/admissions/future-applicants/required-prerequisites/frequently-approved-prerequisites
Biology and chemistry must be for majors and include a laboratory component. We will accept genetics and cell biology as a biology prerequisite. We will not accept microbiology as a biology prerequisite. We do not require a physics laboratory. We prefer microeconomic courses for our economics prerequisite requirement. We will accept comparative anatomy and physiology courses. Liberal Art electives accepted include humanities and social science courses. Examples of commonly accepted humanities courses include art, business, ethics, creative writing, fine arts, languages, music, religion, and theatre. Examples of social sciences include anthropology, additional economic courses, child development, geography, history, management, political science, social work, sociology, and women studies.
Yes

Supplemental Materials

Yes
No
For more information on the supplemental application, please visit https://pharmacy.musc.edu/students-and-admissions/prospective-students/applications
Yes

PCAT and Other Tests

Optional
The PCAT is an optional component of the MUSC College of Pharmacy admission process. Candidates with a cumulative GPA below 3.2 should consider taking the PCAT to strengthen their application. More information on PCAT test dates can be found by visiting https://www.pearsonassessments.com/graduate-admissions/pcat/about.html
N/A
No
Yes

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
Working in a pharmacy setting is valuable experience but we understand shadowing in a pharmacy can be difficult for those that are not pharmacy technicians. Interviewing a pharmacist(s) can be counted as pharmacy experience in our additional consideration categories. Applicants should list all pharmacy related experience under the appropriate category on the PharmCAS application.
Yes

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Yes
Three (3)
  • Clergy: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Co-Worker: ACCEPTED
  • Employer: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Faculty Advisor: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: ACCEPTED
  • Pharmacist: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Politician: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Professor (Science): RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Supervisor: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
No Answer
No answer
Three reference forms are required and accessed through the PharmCAS application. An optional fourth letter of reference may be provided. We recommend that an applicant request these from individuals that can best speak on behalf of the candidate's work ethic, academic ability, and accomplishments.
Yes

Residency

Yes
No
On average, the MUSC College of Pharmacy admits approximately 60% in-state (SC residents) and 40% out-of-state for each incoming class. The number of out-of-state candidates that enroll varies from approximately 25-40% each year. We do not set a limit on the number of out-of-state candidates that are offered admission. Out-of-state (non-resident) candidates may be eligible for a waiver that reduces their tuition rate to the in-state/resident rate. If selected, a candidate will receive the tuition waiver at the time of an admission offer.
Yes

International Applicants

Yes
US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, Canadian Citizens, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Foreign (non-US) Citizens, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
A foreign transcript evaluation from World Education Service (WES) must be submitted through the PharmCAS application. www.WES.org
Yes
Proficiency is measured through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of at least 77 on the internet based TOEFL is required.
No
Yes

Interviews

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Yes
Interviews are by invitation only. Our on-site interviews include an overview presentation by the Associate Dean for Admissions & Student Affairs, a campus tour and student life presentation by student ambassadors, and multiple mini-interviews. Our virtual interviews include the same, with the exception of the campus tour. Students that choose to participate in a virtual interview will be given the option to tour campus at their convenience with a student ambassador.
Yes

Accepted Applicants

Yes
No
Accepted students receive their acceptance packet via email and have 2 weeks from the date of their offer to respond and pay the seat fee to secure their spot. The seat fee deposit is $485 and is non-refundable if an applicant chooses to withdraw at a later date.
  • Aug 08, 2022
  • Aug 15, 2022
Orientation for the class entering fall 2022 will begin on Monday, August 8, 2022. Classes will begin on Monday, August 15, 2022.
Academic calendar
https://pharmacy.musc.edu/resources/calendar
No
Yes

Background Checks and Drug Screenings

No
No
Yes