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Applying to the Pharmacy School

Applying to the Pharmacy School

We are excited that you have chosen the profession of pharmacy and are interested in applying to the Medical College of Wisconsin Pharmacy School – the only year round, three-year doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program in Wisconsin. Our unique program features small classes, one-on-one attention from faculty, variety of learning pathways and engaging rotations at premiere hospital and community pharmacies across southeastern Wisconsin.

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Earning your degree in pharmacy will require you to apply your intelligence, expand your horizons and rise to new challenges. To succeed, you’ll need an unquenchable curiosity and a strong academic background with a solid foundation in math and science. We encourage you to learn more about the application process and how to apply to MCW’s Pharmacy School below.

Rolling Admission

The MCW Pharmacy School participates in rolling admissions, meaning that your application will be reviewed as soon as it is verified.

How Your Application is Reviewed

Once you have submitted your application, it is reviewed within two weeks and invitations are sent to applicants that we are interested in interviewing. If you are invited for an interview, the Pharmacy School Admission Committee will review your full application, along with your interview report and reach a decision based on our selection criteria. The Admission Committee is made up of faculty and administrators from the Pharmacy School, and is committed to a holistic admission policy that takes all of the unique qualities of each applicant into account during the initial review of an application, the interview process and when making admission decisions. As an applicant to the MCW Pharmacy School, you will be considered based on your own abilities and experiences.

*As you may be aware, an Executive Order concerning immigration was recently signed by President Trump. The MCW Pharmacy School greatly values and supports our international community. We are proactively assessing the impact of the Executive Order and are engaged in efforts to provide resources and address concerns related to the impact of the Executive Order upon program admission, education, the provision of healthcare and the conduct of research. Should you have any specific questions about how the Executive Order may impact you, please contact the Office of Student Affairs​. 

Steps to Apply

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  Prerequisite Courses

Once you have completed most of the prerequisite courses, you are ready to begin the Pharmacy School application process. While you can be missing or in the process of completing some of your prerequisites when you apply, you must complete all prerequisites by June 30 of the year you would like to begin MCW’s PharmD program.


The MCW Pharmacy School requires a recommended minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.00 on a 4.0 scale, and a recommended minimum cumulative prerequisite GPA of at least 2.50 on a 4.0 scale. All official transcripts that you submit with your application will be reviewed in depth to help determine your academic ability.


The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is required to apply to the Pharmacy School. We encourage you to give yourself ample time to study for the PCAT, and keep in mind that the test is only offered annually in July, September, October, November and January. In order to avoid late fees, we suggest that you register to take the PCAT at least two months ahead of your desired test date.


There is no minimum PCAT score required to apply to MCW’s Pharmacy School. PCAT scores are valid for five years, and all applicants are allowed to take the PCAT up to five times. However, MCW’s Admissions Committee will review all of your PCAT scores (including subscores in each section), so it is best to take the PCAT only once and achieve a strong score. If you are considering retaking the PCAT, do so only if you believe you will improve your scores.

innovative 3-Year Program

MCW is one of the few pharmacy schools in the country offering a three-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Our innovative program will provide you with early and extensive exposure to a variety of clinical settings and world-class research in specialties such as precision medicine, pharmacogenomics, cancer and psychiatry. The MCW Pharmacy School accepts the PharmCAS application, available July 18, 2018. The final application deadline is May 1, 2019. All prerequisite classes must be completed by June 30, 2019. Qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview at the MCW Pharmacy School starting in the summer of 2019.  Applicants who successfully complete both the application and interview may be offered provisional admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.