The MUSC College of Pharmacy no longer requires the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) for admission. For more information on our admission criteria, please visit
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Institution Name Medical University of South Carolina
College or School Name College of Pharmacy
Short Name Med U South Carolina
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Street 1 280 Calhoun Street
Street 2 MSC 141
Street 3
City Charleston
State South Carolina
Zip 29425
Country United States
Program Location: South Carolina
Admissions Office Contact(s):
Institutional Website:
Contact Information Video:
What is the application deadline for your program? April 1, 2021
Application Deadline Description: The PharmCAS and MUSC College of Pharmacy supplemental applications are due by April 1, 2021 for fall 2021 admission consideration. There is no fee for the MUSC College of Pharmacy supplemental application.
Does your institution participate in Early Decision? Yes
Please select the appropriate ACPE accreditation status for your institution from the list below: Full Accreditation
Satellite/Branch campuses:
Does your program follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Is your institution public or private? Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Academic Term Type: Semester (2 terms per academic year)
What is the primary program structure for the Pharm.D. curriculum? * 2 - 4
Is a Baccalaureate degree required or preferred for admissions? Not Required
Does your institution have alternative enrollment options available? Yes
If Yes to alternate enrollment, check all that apply: Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s), Early assurance
Total number of Pharm.D. seats filled in the last P1 entering class: 67
Anticipated number of Total Pharm.D. seats available in the upcoming P1 entering class: 80
Anticipated number of early assurance students advancing to the P1 year in the upcoming entering class: 0
Does your institution offer a dual degree program, as defined above? Yes
If yes, check all that apply: PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/MSHI or MHIIM (Health Informatics), PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Does your institution offer a concurrent, double, or second degree program, as defined above? No
Provide any additional information regarding dual, concurrent, double, or second degree programs: More information about the MUSC College of Pharmacy's concurrent degree options can be found by visiting
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.
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Minimum Overall GPA: 2.5
Minimum Prerequisite GPA: 3.0
Provide any additional information regarding GPA policies for applicants: 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.
Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 99
Total number of basic science college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 54
Provide any additional information regarding credit hour policies for applicants: 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.
List of 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
When do applicants need to complete all course prerequisites prior to enrollment (e.g. date or term)? Applicants must complete all course prerequisites by summer 2021 term, prior to enrollment in fall 2021.
Enter any additional information regarding course prerequisites: Please review our Frequently Accepted Prerequisite Course Guide: 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.
I would like to mark this section as done. Yes
Does your institution require applicants to submit a supplemental application or supplemental materials directly to the institution and outside of PharmCAS? Yes
Link to Supplemental Instructions:
Will your institution require a supplemental application fee? No
Provide any additional information about the supplemental application, materials, or fee requirements: Please review the application checklist
Select the option that best describes the program’s PCAT policy: Optional
Link to PCAT information on institutional website:
Additional PCAT information: 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
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Do you accept or require other admission tests? Do not include immunization requirement or other similar documentation requirements. No
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Please note any additional relevant information: 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.
Are evaluations (letters of reference) required by your institution? Yes
 If yes, how many evaluations are required? Three (3)
Please indicate your evaluation type requirements. Select all that apply.
  • Clergy: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Co-Worker: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: ACCEPTED
  • Politician: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
What is your college/school policy on committee letters? No Answer
What is your college/school policy on composite letters? No answer
Provide institution specific details regarding evaluations: 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.
Is preference given to state residents? Yes
Is preference given to residents of other states? No
Additional information about the program’s state residency requirements: 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. Out-of-state (non-resident) candidates may be eligible for a scholarship that reduces their tuition rate to the in-state/resident rate. If selected, a candidate will receive the scholarship at the time of an admission offer.
Does your institution consider foreign citizens (excluding Canadian citizens)? Yes
Select the citizenship types eligible for admission: 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)
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Other clarifying information, if necessary: A foreign transcript evaluation from World Education Service (WES) must be submitted through the PharmCAS application.
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores? Yes
If the TOEFL is required for non-native English speakers, provide additional details about the requirement below: 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.
Interview Format: Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Briefly describe your institution's interview process: 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. Early decision interviews are held first and are usually conducted in September and early October.
Link to institutional webpage for more detailed description:
Is a deposit required to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
Is the deposit refundable for any period of time? No
Enter details on the deposit (e.g. amount) and deposit refund policies: 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.
Date of first day of classes and/or matriculation for the next entering class:
  • August 17, 2020
  • August 16, 2021
  • August 15, 2022
Additional details for accepted applicants: Academic calendar
Are accepted applicants required to have CPR certification prior to matriculation? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Criminal Background Check (CBC) Service? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
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