Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Admissions

The University of New England College of Pharmacy participates in the Pharmacy Centralized Application Service (PharmCAS). All applications for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program must be submitted through PharmCAS.

Merit Scholarships are available to incoming Doctor of Pharmacy students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement. 

Application for Fall 2018

  • All applicants must apply through the Pharmacy Centralized Application Service (PharmCAS)
  • PharmCAS application portal opens July 18, 2018 for Fall 2019 admission.
  • Early Decision deadline for applicants is September 4, 2018.
  • Early Decision verdict date for schools is October 19, 2018.
  • Final application deadline for electronic submission is March 1, 2019.
  • Campus interview sessions will be held October–April.

Processing of applications

  • Candidates are strongly encouraged to complete and submit applications early in the admissions cycle to ensure full consideration for interview.
  • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your verified application. Additional email communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle.
  • Verified applications will undergo preliminary review as received.
  • Qualified applicants are invited to interview after review.
  • On-campus interview is required and by invitation only.
  • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after each interview session.
  • Upon acceptance, applicants will be asked to submit an initial non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the class. A second non-refundable deposit will also be required at a later date in the admissions cycle.

PRE-PHARMACY ADMISSIONS at UNE

Application for UNE’s two-year undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy program must be submitted through Undergraduate Admissions. Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website to find details on admissions criteria in the catalog. All Pre-Pharmacy students must apply for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. Admission is not automatic or assured upon completion of the undergraduate program.

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 any other supporting materials.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.

Admissions

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Coursework Requirements

  • Science (labs required)
    • Cellular Biology (4 semester or 6 quarter credits)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology (8 semester or 12 quarter credits) OR
      • Human Anatomy, 4 semester or 6 quarter credits AND
      • Physiology, 4 semester or 6 quarter credits (Animal and Exercise Physiology not acceptable)
    • General Chemistry I & II (8 semester or 12 quarter credits)
    • Organic Chemistry I & II (8 semester or 12 quarter credits)
  • Science (no lab required)
    • Physics I (3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits)
    • Microbiology (3 semester or 5 quarter credits)
  • Math (3 semester or 5 quarter credits)
    • College Calculus
    • Statistics for Life Sciences
  • Other (3 semester or 5 quarter credits)
    • English Composition
    • Social Science (Psychology/Sociology/Economics/Anthropology)
    • Public Speaking
    • Humanities/Liberal Arts
    • Social/Global Awareness
    • General Education Elective
  • AP credit accepted to fulfill prerequisite coursework with a score of “4” or better only 
    • Must appear as transfer credit on the undergraduate transcript
    • Maximum of 10 credits of AP credit to meet prerequisite coursework is acceptable
  • All math and science courses should be completed within five (5) years of anticipated enrollment into the Doctor of Pharmacy program
  • All candidates must complete a minimum of two (2) years of pre-professional coursework from a US regionally accredited institution or international equivalent (total of 58 semester or 87 quarter credits) 
  • Successfully complete all prerequisite coursework with a grade of "C” or better ("C-" grades are not acceptable)
  • Prerequisite coursework may be in-progress or planned at the time of application, but must be completed by August 1 of the year of enrollment into the PharmD program
    • Planned or in progress coursework must be listed on the on the PharmCAS application at time of submission; not doing so will result in the applicant not meeting minimum requirements 
    • Upper level coursework (with labs) acceptable to fulfill general science requirements
    • Online courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites as well as online courses from other U.S. regionally accredited colleges or universities are acceptable
    • Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the fall term prior to the PharmD program start must be submitted to PharmCAS to be verified during the Fall academic update period
    • Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the spring or summer terms and not verified by PharmCAS must be submitted 
    • directly to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admissions as soon as they are available

academic/experience requirement

  • Minimum of 58 semester (87 quarter credits) completed by August 1 prior to matriculation into the PharmD program
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 as calculated by PharmCAS, factoring all courses taken and grades earned from all colleges attended
  • Minimum math/science prerequisite GPA of 2.5 calculated by UNE using the best grade earned for course that has been repeated (non-math/science coursework is not included in this calculation)
  • Maintain good academic and social standing through the completion of all requirements for enrollment
  • Successfully complete the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) by the end of January of the year of matriculation into the PharmD program
    • Use PharmCAS code 104 to have scores reported directly to PharmCAS 
    • Please Note: the PCAT requirement is waived for any applicant with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA and a 3.2 or higher prerequisite GPA, at time of application ONLY
  • Health care related experience is recommended
  • Two (2) letters of reference are required as part of the application
    • One letter required from a science professor who can speak to your academic ability to be successful in a doctoral level graduate program
    • One letter recommended but not required from a Pharmacist with whom you have worked or observed
    • Letters of reference from family members and friends are not acceptable
  • Only those applicants meeting minimum requirements will be considered for admission
    • Just meeting minimum requirements, however, does not guarantee an interview
    • Average GPAs for students accepted into the program are well above published minimum
  • Before or upon matriculation, accepted/deposited candidates will be expected to
    • Meet all health immunization requirements (Student Health Care)
    • Obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status 
  • Pass criminal background checks and drug screenings prior to matriculation, and periodically throughout the program as required by the College and clinical training sites
  • Meet Academic and Technical Standards of the UNE College of Pharmacy

procedures and policies

  • Applications for admissions are accepted through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) only
    • PharmCAS application portal opens annually in mid-July
    • Applications must be electronically submitted to PharmCAS by the posted deadline
    • For more information and detailed instructions for completion of the application visit PharmCAS
    • Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit and complete applications as early as possible in the cycle to ensure consideration for an invitation to interview
    • Once your application is completed and verified
      • PharmCAS will send your application to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admissions
      • UNE will notify you via email that your verified application has been received
      • Preliminary review begins (overall and science GPA, credit hours, PCAT scores, and prerequisite requirements must meet minimum standards
      • Just meeting minimum standards does not guarantee an invitation to interview
  • On-campus interviews are required for admission and are granted to qualified applicants by invitation only 
    • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after each interview session and continue until the program starts
    • Candidates on the waitlist offered admissions as seats become available
  • International applicants and applicants with international coursework or degrees
    • Must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. regionally accredited institution  (International Admissions) 
    • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
      • UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency
      • If the applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required and to be submitted as a part of the completed application (Use PharmCAS code 8246 to have TOEFL scores reported directly to PharmCAS)

policy exceptions

  • Policies have been established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made on a case by case basis, only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

  • 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.

Advanced Standing

No advanced standing is available

Experiential Learning

No credit  awarded for experiential learning