» Admission to the Pharm.D. Program

Thank you for your interest in Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) in Irvine, California, the first school of pharmacy in Orange County.

Important Admissions Dates for you:

Applications on PharmCAS       View the Chapman University PharmCAS information page here »

July 15, 2016 - CUSP begins accepting applications through PharmCAS for fall 2017 cohort

September 6, 2016 - PharmCAS Deadline for Early Decision Applicants

March 1, 2017 - PharmCAS Deadline for non-Early Decision Applicants

PCAT Test Dates       View more information on the PCAT exam, fees, registration and deadlines here »

  • July 21-22, 2016
  • September 7-9, 2016
  • October 24-31. 2016
  • November 1-4. 2016
  • January 4-5, 2017

  A complete CUSP application includes the following requirements:

  1. Official transcripts verifying:
    1. Completion of all 63 semester units of prerequisites courses with a grade of C* or better within the last 7 years
    2. Coursework in progress
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation – 1 must be from a Math or Science professor
  3. PCAT score** or Upcoming PCAT Exam registration date
  4. Personal Statement/Essay
  5. Employment and Extracurricular Activities
  6. Achievements

 * There is no minimum GPA, however, preferred applicants have overall GPA and a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or greater.

**There is no minimum PCAT score, however, preferred applicants have a PCAT composite score of 50 or higher.

Enrolling students must meet and comply with the School of Pharmacy Technical Standards.  Additionally, a criminal background check, drug screening, and up-to-date immunization record will be required.

"Chapman University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.”  See the accreditation page for full details.

+ - Prerequisites

Course Required Semester Credit Hours
**Biology with Lab 4
Human Anatomy with Lab 4
**Physiology with Lab 4
Microbiology with Lab 4
**Chemistry (Inorganic with Labs) 8
Organic Chemistry with Labs 8
Physics with Lab 4
Genetics or Molecular Biology 3
***Calculus 3
***Statistics 3
Psychology or Sociology 3
Economics (Micro or Macro) 3
Communications/Speech 3
**English Composition 3
Electives 6
  • Physics can be non-calculus based
  • Genetics should be Human Genetics
  • Economics can be Micro or Macro
  • Statistics can be BioStatistics

** May be waived with a 4.0 on the AP or IB exam.

*** May be waived with a score of "4 or higher" on Calculus AB, or with a score of "3 or higher" on Calculus BC.

Please contact pharmacyadmissions@chapman.edu or (714) 516-5600 with any questions you may have.

+ - PharmCAS Early Decision

September 6, 2016 is the deadline for Early Decision application submission through PharmCAS.  CUSP will provide applicants with an admission decision by October 21, 2016.

+ - Admissions Process

To apply for the CUSP class entering fall 2017, students must complete the following steps. Applicants must apply through the PharmCAS website at www.pharmcas.org. The applicant will be evaluated only when ALL application materials have been received. 

1. Submit your Chapman University School of Pharmacy Application for Admission through the PharmCAS website at: http://pharmcas.org

2. To complete your Application for Admission, you must provide these required materials:

  • PCAT score: score must be from test taken between January 2015 and February 2017
  • 2 letters of recommendation: at least one must be from a math or science professor; one from a pharmacist or other health care professional is recommended.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended

3. No minimum overall GPA: Preferred applicants have overall GPA of 3.0 or greater; no minimum prerequisite GPA: Preferred applicants have prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or greater.

4. No minimum composite PCAT score: Preferred applicants have PCAT composite score of 50 or higher.

If you have any questions regarding the admission process, please contact:   

Chapman University School of Pharmacy

Office of Student Affairs     


(714) 516-5600

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