» 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.

CUSP accepts applications from:

  • U.S. citizens

  • Individuals with U.S. Permanent Resident status 

Important Admissions Dates for you:

Applications on PharmCAS

  • July 18, 2019 - CUSP begins accepting applications through PharmCAS for fall 2019 cohort
  • September 4, 2019 - PharmCAS Deadline for Early Decision Applicants
  • July 1, 2020 - PharmCAS Deadline for non-Early Decision Applicants (Extended from February 3, 2020)

View the Chapman University PharmCAS information page here »

PCAT Test Dates

  • July 11-12, 2019
  • September 10, 2019
  • October 21 – November 1, 2019
  • January 6-7, 2020
  • February 1-14, 2020
View more information on the PCAT exam, fees, registration and deadlines here »

A complete CUSP application includes the following requirements:

  1. Official transcripts verifying:
    1. Completion of all 62-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.

Full Accreditation Status

Chapman University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/664-3575; FAX 866/228-2631, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.

Visit the CUSP Accreditation page for more information.

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Course Required Semester Credit Hours
Biology with Lab 4
Human Anatomy with Lab 4
Physiology with Lab 4
Microbiology 3
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

Chapman University School of Pharmacy only recognizes the following AP test scores in lieu of the equivalent prerequisite class:

AP Test

Minimum Score

Chapman Prerequisite

Calculus BC


MATH 110

Calculus AB


MATH 110



MATH 203



HSK 366



BIOL 204



PSY 101

Please contact us for questions regarding IB equivalencies.

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

PharmCAS Early Decision

September 3, 2019 is the deadline for Early Decision application submission through PharmCAS.  CUSP will provide applicants with an admission decision by October 19, 2019.

Admissions Process

To apply for the CUSP class entering fall 2020, 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 2018 and July 2020

    • 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

Information Sessions

Learn more about our Doctor of Pharmacy program at our Preview Days on our Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA or our Program Overview Webinars.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • Preview Day: Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 8:30am [Register Here]
  • Program Overview Webinar: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6:00pm [Register Here]