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Requirements for Pharm.D. Application

NOTE:  Early Decision applicants must have all of the prerequisite courses completed and letter grades recorded on official transcripts and PCAT scores submitted by the PharmCAS Early Decision deadline of September 8, 2020. Only complete (all items submitted as listed below) Early decision applications will be considered for review.  The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular pharmacy degree program is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy degree program. To be eligible, all of the prerequisite courses must be completed

The Early Decision application deadline is September 8, 2020. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of your official transcripts and fee by September 8. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrives after the deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your file from early decision status to regular status.

You may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status. If you are offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS institutions. If, however, you are denied admission as an Early Decision applicant, you may apply to other PharmCAS institutions for an additional fee. Refer to the PharmCAS application fee schedule to determine the cost to apply to each additional program. PharmCAS programs will make admission decisions on early decision applicants by October 26, 2020.

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, volunteer experiences, related extracurricular activities, leadership roles, or any other important information.

Letters of Recommendation - Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. These letters may be from an employer, professor, supervisor 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. Try to have an appointment with each of your evaluators to communicate the reason(s) you want to pursue a career in pharmacy and how your interaction with the evaluator is important for the application. You need to provide your evaluators enough time to submit their evaluation to PharmCAS.


Prospective students are expected to participate in activities to develop communication and leadership skills, as well as  knowledge of the pharmacy profession. These types of activities often include employment opportunities, pharmacy/healthcare shadowing or volunteer experiences, organizational memberships, community service.

PharmCAS ‘Academic Update’ (AU) 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 fall ‘Academic Update’ window will open December 15, 2020 and will close February 15, 2021.  Completion of the fall AU is required so grades from the prior semesters can be reviewed (i.e. summer, fall, and winter).  In addition, coursework to be completed during upcoming spring and summer semesters must be updated. The Spring AU opens April 2020 and closes on June 30, 2021.

Foreign Credential Evaluations – Students who have completed 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 of acceptable agencies.

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) - The PCAT exam measures the student’s verbal ability, reading comprehension, quantitative ability, knowledge of chemistry, biology, and writing skills. The PCAT is required for entry into the professional phase of the Pharm.D. program; there are no exceptions.  Exam scores must be submitted to PharmCAS where they will be matched to your application. The PCAT may be taken multiple times.  The best overall set of scores available at the time an application is considered to be complete will be used. There is no minimum score required. PCAT scores within the last three years (at the time of application) will be considered.

Visit the PCAT web site for registration and deadlines for test dates, and register for the PCAT at least two months before your test date PCAT is offered in July, September, October, November and January.

Other Exams

Standardized Tests - If taken, please submit the following official score reports to the Admissions Processing Center for consideration:  Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

English Proficiency - Students for whom English is not their native language must submit evidence of English proficiency.  Please submit one of the following English Language score reports to PharmCAS:  Test of English as a Foreign Language PBT / iBT or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


Immediately following the completion and submission of your PharmCAS application, forward official transcripts and foreign credential evaluations (if you attended a university outside of the U.S.) directly to PharmCAS. Download the Transcript Request Form from PharmCAS and submit to ALL institutions attended. It is recommended to request that transcripts be submitted to PharmCAS early. All transcripts must be received by the March 1st deadline.

Foreign Coursework

Any applicant with foreign coursework (other than study abroad coursework taken through a US college) must provide an ECE or WES foreign coursework report for evaluation by the Office of Admissions.  Please contact the Office of Admissions ( to have questions answered.

Pre-requisite Coursework & GPA

Students who enter LIU Brooklyn in the pre-professional phase begin a course of liberal arts and sciences that is specifically designed to prepare students for the professional phase. If you plan to transfer from another institution, please be sure to work closely with your college academic advisor to select courses that correspond with LIU Pharmacy’s pre-professional plan of study. Wherever you are completing your pre-professional studies you should plan on completing those requirements in the spring semester prior to fall semester.

If you have or will have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to beginning the professional phase of the Pharm.D. program, you will need all the required science and math courses. However, because you will have met the other requirements for another college degree, any combination of 24 credits in English, social sciences, and/or humanities with a grade of ‘C’ or higher will complete the prerequisite course requirements.