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Admission Requirements

  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. A minimum college G.P.A. of 2.5 is required for application review.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Competitive admission to the professional phase of Pharmacy degree requires a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) for cumulative, science, and mathematics for consideration.

    Transfer students must submit official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended and two letters of recommendation preferably from former science professors. Both transfer students and starting sophomores at LIU Post must follow these requirements.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

All applicants can apply for admission to LIU Post at My LIU or by using the Apply Now button in the upper right-hand corner of this page. For more information on the application process, visit the Admissions Office home page.

Professional Phase (Year 3) Admission Requirements

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

Professional Pharmacy Program (Brooklyn Campus)

The professional Pharmacy Program leads to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and may be completed in six years: two years at LIU Post; four years at LIU Brooklyn. The professional phase of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program provides four years of specialized education that is necessary to develop expertise in the field of pharmacy and patient-centered care as well as prepares the student for professional licensure examinations. The program consists of didactic and experiential course work in years 3, 4, and 5 followed by 37 ½ weeks of advanced practice experiences in year 6 which are completed in hospital, community and other pharmacy practice settings. LIU Pharmacy (the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) accepts a limited number of students each year to the third year (first professional year) of the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. Entry into the professional phase of the program is very competitive. Acceptance into the pre-professional phase offers no guarantee of admission to the professional phase. Selection is based on several factors that include, but are not limited to:  grade point average, test scores, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Only those students who meet the following requirements will be considered for admission to the first professional year of study at LIU Pharmacy:

Application Requirements for the Professional Program (Year 3)

1. Complete and submit the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application. PharmCAS is an electronic application service operated by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

ALL professional (year 3) applications, MUST be processed through this service. There is a separate non-negotiable fee required payable to PharmCAS. Please see the PharmCAS application instructions for additional information. To complete the application and receive further information please visit their web site at www.pharmcas.org. All applications for the professional program, including external transfer and current LIU students, must be processed through PharmCAS, there are no exceptions. Listed below are additional requirements for application completion.

  • Personal Statement - Part of the PharmCAS application is a personal essay, approximately one page in length, addressing why you selected Pharmacy as a career and how the Doctor of Pharmacy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. You should explain why you want to be a pharmacist, and support this information with autobiographical details including pharmacy, health care, work or volunteer experiences, related extracurricular activities, leadership roles, or any other important information.
  •  Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation are required. These letters can be from an employer, professor, supervisors of a community service project, etc.; however they may not come from a family member, teaching assistant, co-worker or friend. You will need to designate your evaluators as part of your PharmCAS application. Electronic submission of letters of reference is preferred but paper references are accepted. Paper references must be accompanied by the printed PharmCAS evaluation form available on the PharmCAS web site. 
  • PharmCAS 'Academic Update' Window – PharmCAS provides an opportunity for you to update the coursework section of your application to include grades for newly completed courses as well as edit in-progress/ planned coursework for current and future semesters. Immediately following the close of the fall semester, the 'Academic Update' window will open for a limited time.  **Carefully read the instructions for the academic update before completion**

Application deadline:  The application deadline is posted on the Admissions website at http://www2.brooklyn.liu.edu/pharmacy/admissions_PharmD.html and includes the most recent information relevant to the application process for the Professional portion (Pharm.D. – year 3) of the Pharmacy program. The application, transcripts, and supporting materials must be received by PharmCAS by this date. (This deadline is firm. NO applications will be considered if the February 1st deadline date is not met.)

2. Submit the following supporting credentials:

  • Transcripts – Immediately following the completion and submission of your PharmCAS application forward official transcripts and foreign credential evaluations (if attended university outside of the U.S.) to both PharmCAS and the LIU-BC Admissions Processing Center. Also, provide a list of current and future coursework in progress; i.e. fall, spring, and summer semesters (if planned).
  • Foreign Credential Evaluations – Foreign Credential Evaluations – Students who have obtained university education outside of the U.S. must submit credential evaluations and translations for review and consideration.  Transfer of course credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Please see the Credential Evaluator's List for acceptable agencies.
  • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) – The PCAT is required for all students who wish to apply for the professional phase of the Pharm.D. program. This test measures the student's verbal ability, reading comprehension, quantitative ability, chemistry, biology and writing skills. Scores must be submitted directly to PharmCAS. (In order to submit scores directly to PharmCAS choose the PharmCAS three digit school code 104 when making application for the PCAT.) Preregistration for the PCAT is required. Please find the available testing dates and sites listed on their website at www.PCATweb.info. PCAT scores should not be older than 3 years.
  • Other Exams

Standardized Tests - Transfer credit may be considered for the exams listed below.  Please submit the following official score reports to the Admissions Processing Center for consideration:
Advanced Placement (AP) – minimum score 3
International Baccalaureate (IB) – minimum score HL 4
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) – minimum score 50 (computer based)

English Proficiency - Students for whom English is not their native language must submit evidence of English proficiency. Students who have studied where English is the primary language of instruction may submit an SAT Critical Reading score as evidence of proficiency; minimum required score is 480. Otherwise, submit results for one of the English Language score reports listed below to PharmCAS; SAT scores may be submitted to the Admissions Processing Center:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT) – minimum score 550
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) – minimum score 219
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – minimum score 6

*Please use the 'Student Credential Cover Sheet' to submit supporting credentials to the Admissions Processing Center

3. Grade Point Average (GPA) – Applicants to the professional program should possess a GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) for cumulative, science, and mathematics for consideration. However, depending upon the quantity and quality of applications received and because LIU Pharmacy offers only a limited number of seats for the professional program a competitive GPA may be higher than 3.0.

4. Prerequisite Coursework The College of Pharmacy anticipates that its class will be filled by applicants who are scheduled to complete the required prerequisite coursework by the conclusion of spring semester. Applicants that require summer courses to complete pre-professional requirements do not receive full priority for consideration of admission. Please see the LIU Brooklyn Undergraduate Bulletin for the complete listing and course descriptions of prerequisite courses.

5. Personal Interviews - Personal interviews will be required for selected candidates only. Notification to interviewees will be posted to the individual PharmCAS accounts. Applicants will also receive a letter by mail.

6. Additional Information - LIU Pharmacy requires criminal background checks and drug screening for applicants but should NOT be completed until requested.

Additional Information

Program/Curriculum Information
Information regarding pre-requisite courses, course descriptions, and program/curriculum information is available in our LIU Pharmacy Bulletin, Undergraduate Bulletin, and the annual Pharmacy Guidelines Booklet. 

Communications
Status checks - Applicants should log into their accounts on the PharmCAS website to retrieve information.  Once the university has received your application information the status will be changed to 'Received/Under Review'. This status will remain until the admission decision has been made. Decision letters, invitations to interview and requests for additional information may be sent through U.S. Postal Mail and the email account listed on the PharmCAS application. 

Admission Decisions
ACCEPTANCE letters will be mailed during the last week in April. A $500.00 non-refundable tuition deposit is required to hold the seat; generally due three weeks from the date on the acceptance letter.  Tuition deposits are NOT required for current LIU students. WAIT LIST candidates will be notified by mail between June 1st and September 1st of changes to their application status.

Financial Aid
Applicants to the College of Pharmacy who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships and grants are available to entering and continuing students

Mailing Address
After submission of the LIU-BC supplemental application, please forward official transcripts, foreign credit evaluations, PCAT scores, AP/IB/CLEP scores (if taken), etc. to the Admissions Office for review.   The mailing address is:
LIU Brooklyn
Admissions Processing Center
P.O. Box 810
Randolph, MA 02368-0810

To view the LIU Pharmacy Bulletin and to receive further information pertaining to applying to the professional phase of the Pharm.D. program at LIU Brooklyn, please visit www.brooklyn.liu.edu.