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    Pharmacy Admissions

    Learn more about the admissions cycle and important application information.


Admissions Cycle

The 2018-19 admissions cycle has begun. Students applying for seats in the College of Pharmacy’s class beginning fall of 2019 should do so today via PharmCAS, a Centralized Application Service that allows prospective students to file one application with multiple schools and colleges of pharmacy.

Other Information You’ll Find on PharmCAS

Once you begin the application process on PharmCAS, you will see other information you should know about and understand, including:

  • Application deadlines
  • Admission requirements, such as: 
    • Bachelor’s degree 
    • Letters of Recommendation (LORs) from three sources: a pharmacist, professor, employer or extracurricular advisor
    • LOR solicitation and formatting tips
  • Required background check and drug screening

Admission Requirements

You’ll find this information on our Admission Requirements page.

Other Considerations

Outstanding applicants will also have taken courses in biochemistry, genetics, physics, statistics, leadership development and cultural diversity. 
Additional consideration will be given to those with volunteer, patient care, pharmacy and/or military experience. Students who have questions about their qualifications (courses, GPA, experience, etc.) should contact the admissions office.

Advanced Placement Credits

Advanced Placement credits will be accepted for fulfillment of no more than the equivalent of one non-science course of the prerequisite.


We do not require the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), except for students who don't have a bachelor's degree or hold a bachelor's degree from a foreign institution. However, students who have a less than competitive GPA can often offset that GPA with a high PCAT score.

International Applicants

For the 2018-2019 application cycle, international applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status.

Applicants educated outside the U.S. must utilize a transcript evaluation service to verify their degree and coursework. The academic record must show credits and grades equivalent to those given by U.S. institutions of higher learning.

English Language Requirement

Applicants 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), regardless of the official language of the country in which the education took place or the predominant language of the degree-granting institution.

Scores should be sent directly using Marshall B. Ketchum University. When you register for the exam, use Code 4893 to ensure we receive your score. Minimum TOEFL scores are noted below:

  • Reading 22/30
  • Listening 22/30
  • Speaking 26/30
  • Writing 24/30

Transfer Policy

Transfer applicants are only considered for entry into the first or second professional year. Students wishing to transfer from another pharmacy school or college in the U.S. should apply through PharmCAS and must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the transferring institution
  • Supply a letter of recommendation and permission from the chief executive officer or designee of the transferring institution
  • Supply a letter from each of two full-time members of the faculty of the transferring institution recommending the transfer
  • Provide a letter explaining in detail why the transfer is being requested including appropriate documentation that substantiates the reason
  • Meet all current admissions requirements and standards of The College of Pharmacy
  • Supply official transcripts of all collegiate work completed, including that taken at the transferring institution
  • Supply course outlines for all Pharmacy coursework for which advanced standing credit is desired
  • Submit the appropriate application materials. Decisions on transfer applications are made by the Admissions Committee in cooperation with the Office of Academic Affairs. 

Factors we consider include: Available space, admissions standards, reason for the transfer request, course equivalencies, and the applicant’s personal attributes. 

Additional Admissions Information

Admissions Policy

Marshall B. Ketchum University’s College of Pharmacy is committed to the principles of equal opportunity in education. Marshall B. Ketchum University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. 

The Vice President for Student Affairs has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and can be reached at

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, as well as the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, visit the Office for Civil Rights Contact Page or call 1.800.421.3481.

Disability Services & Policies

MBKU welcomes students with disabilities to apply to our health professional programs. Please view our Disability Services Information for Prospective Students.

Ready to Apply?

How to Apply 

Visit PharmCAS Application