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Contact Information

1985 Zonal Avenue PSC 206A
Los Angeles
United States
  • Name: Xin Gong
    Title: Associate Director of Admission
    Office: Office of Admission, Financial Aid & Student Affairs

Program Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

Program Information

Full Accreditation
  • Health Sciences Campus
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 4

Last Entering Class


Upcoming Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/JD (Juris Doctor), PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/MPH (Public Health), PharmD/MS (Master of Science), PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Program Description

Founded in 1905, the USC School of Pharmacy has established itself as a pioneer in pharmacy education and practice. The School created the nation’s first PharmD program, as well as the first clinical clerkships. Serving as testament to its tradition of innovation and excellence, the School is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the top private pharmacy school in the nation. The School offers a breadth of opportunities, including extensive dual degrees and areas of concentration, that allow students to customize their academic path and differentiate themselves in the job market. Located in Los Angeles, the School is situated within a hub of cultural diversity and medical advancement. The School occupies state-of-the-art facilities on USC’s Health Sciences Campus, surrounded by numerous healthcare facilities. The School boasts a robust, engaged alumni network, as over half of pharmacists in Southern California are USC graduates. Through this network, students have access to over 300 sites for clinical and experiential programs, and also have the opportunity to create connections that will last them throughout their careers.

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria


Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Math Calculus (for science majors) 4 6
Biology/Biological Science General Biology w/lab (excludes human anatomy & physiology, botany, and microbiology) 8 12
Physiology Human Physiology 3 4
Microbiology Microbiology (fundamentals of microbiology for science majors) 3 4
Chemistry General Chemistry w/lab (for science majors-include inorganic & qualitative analysis) 8 12
Chemistry Organic Chemistry w/lab (for science majors) 8 12
Biochemistry Biochemistry (one upper division course for science majors) 3 4
Statistics Statistics (non-business) 3 4
General Biology w/lab (excludes human anatomy & physiology, botany and microbiology), Human Physiology, Microbiology (fundamental of microbiology for science majors), General chemistry (for science majors to include inorganic & qualitative chemistry), Organic Chemistry (for science majors), Biochemistry (for science major one upper division course), Calculus, and Statistics (non-business).

Physics (thermodynamics & electromagnetism recommended), upper division Molecular Biology, Social and Behavioral Sciences - Human Behavior (General Psychology or Intro to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology) are recommended.

a) A bachelor's degree is required.
b) Minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) in all college work and prepharmacy requirements is required for consideration for an interview.
c) Two semesters and three quarters are necessary to meet a one year requirement for combined semester and quarters.

Supplemental Materials


PCAT and Other Tests

Not Required or Considered
International applicants are required to take the TOEFL. For more information please visit this page:

Observation Hours


Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Three (3)
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Pharmacist: ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): REQUIRED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
Conditionally accepted
They are acceptable if they are written by faculty members whom the student have studied with.
Conditionally accepted
They are acceptable if they are written by faculty members whom the student have studied with.
Requirements for the Letters of Recommendation: one letter must be from a science professor with whom you took a class and/or did research. The remaining two letters may be from professors, advisors, researchers, pharmacists or employers.



International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, US Temporary 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
USC requires that applicants with international transcripts and/or degrees submit transcript evaluations using the following service: IERF (International Education Research Foundation). As PharmCAS only accepts WES evaluations, you can submit to PharmCAS either a WES evaluation for your application, or attach unofficial IERF evaluations under Documents section as “Other” document. You MUST submit an official evaluation from IERF once accepted at USC.
International applicants are required to take the TOEFL. For more details please visit this link:


Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
The purpose of the interview is to assess the candidates oral and communication skills, writing skills, leadership ability, and motivation or potential to be a successful pharmacist. All applicants offered an interview will be notified two to three weeks prior to the scheduled interviews. An interview acceptance confirmation is required. Interviews are rarely rescheduled.

Accepted Applicants

A $1000 Non-Refundable Commitment Deposit is due upon admission, which will be applied toward your first semester tuition.
  • August 23, 2021

Background Checks and Drug Screenings