Office of Graduate Admissions
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(FOR PRE-PHARMACY ADMISSIONS: Please visit Undergraduate Admissions to find details on admissions criteria for the two (2) year Pre-Pharmacy undergraduate program.)
UNE’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is a four (4) year graduate level program open to applicants with a minimum of 63 credits of undergraduate coursework taken at UNE. Admission is open to other applicants with a minimum 58 semester credits of specific undergraduate required coursework. Admission is also open to applicants with a Bachelor’s degree, in any major, from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university and successful completion of specific undergraduate or post-baccalaureate required math and science coursework.
Important Application Dates
- For Program Starting: Fall 2021
- All applicants must apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS)
- PharmCAS Application Portal opens for 2020-2021 cycle: July 14, 2020
- PharmCAS Early Decision Deadline to submit application: September 8, 2020
- Early Decision applicant notification deadline: October 23, 2020
- PharmCAS Regular Decision Application Deadline: Rolling
- All verified applications undergo a preliminary file review for minimum requirements, after which qualified applicants will be invited to interview. All interviews are by invitation only.
- Following the interview, a final admissions decision will be made for select applicants.
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit early in the admissions cycle
- UNE communicates all status updates, notifications, and admission decisions via email.
Limited Merit Scholarships are available to incoming Doctor of Pharmacy students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement.
For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.
*Please Note: As of 09/01/2020, the College of Pharmacy was renamed the School of Pharmacy and merged into the Westbrook College of Health Professions.
The University of New England College of Pharmacy participates in the Pharmacy College Centralized Application Service (PharmCAS). All applicants are required to apply online through this service.
All candidates must complete a minimum of two (2) years of pre-professional coursework from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or international equivalent (total of 58 semester or 87 quarter credits).
- All applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Official transcripts should be sent directly to PharmCAS. Please refer to the PharmCAS application for additional information and instructions.
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.5, as calculated by PharmCAS (inclusive of all coursework taken with no forgiveness for retakes).
- Minimum Math/science prerequisite GPA of 2.5 (2.75 preferred), as calculated by UNE using the best grade received (if there is repeated coursework) for each math/science required course only, and using the PharmCAS universal computation scale for quality points.
PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS
- Cellular Biology w/lab (4 semester or 6 quarter credits)
- Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II w/labs (8 semester or 12 quarter credits) or
- Human Anatomy w/lab, (4 semester or 6 quarter credits) and
- Physiology w/lab*, (4 semester or 6 quarter credits)
*Animal and Exercise Physiology not acceptable
- General Chemistry I & II w/ labs (8 semester or 12 quarter credits)
- Organic Chemistry I & II w/labs (8 semester or 12 quarter credits)
Other science courses (labs not required)
- Physics I (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
- Microbiology (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
- College Calculus (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
- Statistics for Life Sciences (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
Other required courses
- English Composition (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
- Social Science (Psychology/Sociology/Economics/Anthropology) 3 semester or 4.5 qtr credits
- Public Speaking (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
- Humanities/Liberal Arts (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
- Social/Global Awareness (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
- General Education (anything but a science or math course) 3 semester or 4.5 qtr credits
Other important prerequisite coursework notes
- All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C minus” grades are not acceptable).
- All math and science courses should be completed within five (5) years of anticipated enrollment into the UNE Doctor of Pharmacy program. Courses beyond the 5-year limit will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis.
- AP credit is accepted to fulfill prerequisite requirements, as long as the course, subject, and credits are broken down and detailed as transfer credit on the applicants' undergraduate transcript.
- Prerequisite courses may be in progress or planned at the time of application, although all courses must be completed by August 1, with official transcripts submitted to the UNE Office of Graduate Admission no later than August 15, just prior to starting the program.
- After application submission, official transcripts for any coursework and/or degrees completed in the fall term should be submitted to PharmCAS for verification during the fall Academic Update period.
- Official transcripts for any coursework and/or degrees completed in the spring/summer term should be submitted directly to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admission prior to the start of the program.
All planned or in-progress coursework should be listed on the PharmCAS application at the time of application submission; not doing so will result in the applicant not meeting all admissions requirements and therefore will not be eligible for admission review.
Online courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites as well as online courses from other regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities are acceptable with program approval.
Due to continuing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCAT test requirement will be waived for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
Letters of evaluation
Two (2) letters of evaluation are required* - submitted via PharmCAS
- One (1) letter is required from a science professor who can speak to your academic ability to be successful in a doctoral-level graduate program.
- One (1) letter is recommended but not required from a Pharmacist with whom you have worked or observed.
*Letters from friends or family members are not acceptable.
- All experiences can be listed directly in the PharmCAS application.
- Healthcare-related experience is recommended, but not required.
- Please refer to the PharmCAS application for specific writing prompt and additional information.
On-campus interviews are a required part of the application and admission process:
- Qualified applicants will be contacted and invited to interview by the Office of Graduate Admission.
- Interviews are done by invitation only.
- Alternate interviewing modalities (including virtual interviews) may be instituted as necessary to address ongoing public health concerns with COVID-19. The Office of Graduate Admissions will be in touch with updates, as necessary.
International applicants and those with foreign degrees and coursework are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:
- Official credential evaluation by World Education Service (WES), confirming degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. The completed credential evaluation should be sent directly to PharmCAS. Please refer to the International Admissions section of the UNE website for more information on the type of credential evaluation required for admission review.
- Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate written and spoken fluency through the successful completion of a UNE approved English language proficiency test.
- Applicants should refer to the English Language Proficiency page on the UNE website for specific information on acceptable tests and minimum score requirements.
- Please refer to the PharmCAS application for test score submission instructions.
Prior to matriculation, accepted and deposited students will be required to complete the following compliance requirements:
- Completion of physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status. Please refer to UNE’s Student Health Center for detailed information.
- Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen prior to matriculation, as well as periodically throughout the program (as required by clinical affiliations).
- All students must be able to meet all Academic and Technical Standards of the pharmacy profession.
Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and other supporting materials.
Due to continuing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, some application requirements and processes may change during the cycle for the health and safety of the university, its employees, and prospective students/applicants. We appreciate your flexibility and consideration.
- Policies are established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants to the university and its programs.
- All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum and/or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
- Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates.
- Transfer credits may be awarded to students who transfer to UNE from another Doctor of Pharmacy program
- The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Pharmacy, with input from program faculty, will review courses and award transfer credits on a case by case basis
- Pharmacists holding a pharmacy degree (Bachelor's or higher equivalent) from another country may apply to the Advanced Standing Track (AST). Students accepted into this track will complete the AST Bridge course in a summer term and then matriculate into the second year of pharmacy school in the following fall term.
- No credit awarded for experiential learning
The University of New England School of Pharmacy* participates in the Pharmacy College Centralized Application Service (PharmCAS). All applicants are required to apply online through this service.
The director of academic affairs, assessment, and accreditation in the School of Pharmacy*, with input from program faculty, will review courses and award transfer credits on a case by case basis.