How do I Know if I am Eligible?


If you wish to become a MCW Pharmacy School student, you must file an application through PharmCAS.
*All applications completed and submitted by December 31, 2017 will be given priority review.
**The final application deadline for the MCW Pharmacy School is February 1, 2018. Applications completed and submitted by this deadline will be given full consideration for admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.

Taking the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
*There is no minimum PCAT or MCAT score needed to apply.
**Official PCAT scores must be submitted through PharmCAS. Official MCAT scores must be sent to the MCW Pharmacy School Office of Student Affairs by February 1. 2018. Official scores must be sent directly from the testing agency either electronically or by mail.
***Unofficial scores may be accepted until official scores can be obtained and sent to the MCW Pharmacy School Office of Student Affairs.

Completing the minimum pre-pharmacy requirements at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.
*All pre-pharmacy requirements must be completed by June 30, 2018. Students considering applying for admission to the MCW Pharmacy School must complete 90 credit hours of undergraduate study prior to matriculating to be considered for federal financial aid assistance. 

Achieve the recommended minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale as calculated by the MCW Pharmacy School Office of Student Affairs and a recommended prerequisite GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Earn a grade of C or better in all prerequisite math and science courses, and a grade of B or better in all prerequisite English and speech courses.

Submit three professional or academic references, by the appropriate deadline.
*Letters of recommendation must be submitted through PharmCAS.

Demonstrate the proper motivation for and your commitment to the profession of pharmacy through previous health-related work, volunteer experiences, research, or other related experiences.

Complete a personal statement and submit via PharmCAS that demonstrates an applicant’s written communication skills that are necessary to interact successfully with patients and colleagues.

Completing the MCW Pharmacy School applicant interview process, by invitation only.

All final official transcripts can be sent electronically to: pharmacy@mcw.edu

Applicants may elect to mail official documents to:
MCW Pharmacy School
Office of Student Affairs
8701 West Watertown Plank Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53226

An application to the MCW Pharmacy School is considered complete when all application criteria have been submitted by the February 1, 2018 deadline. 

What happens after I am interviewed?


After you have completed and submitted your PharmCAS application it will be reviewed by the MCW Pharmacy School Office of Student Affairs.  You may receive direct correspondence from the Office of Student Affairs if your application is missing important information or if your application requires any clarification. Applicants who successfully complete all the above criteria may be considered for provisional admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.

The MCW Pharmacy School has a rolling admissions decision process. Rolling admissions means your application will be reviewed shortly after a complete PharmCAS application is received. In an effort to allow applicants the time and ability to explore multiple pharmacy programs, MCW is participating in the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines (CAG’s):

There may be other programs participating in the CAGs; the PharmCAS School Pages provide a directory of programs.

  • Prior to March 1, these programs will not require a deposit of more than $200. Applicants to these programs may accept offers from multiple PharmD programs until March 1, at which point they may hold only one acceptance. If applicant hold more than one acceptance, programs may choose to rescind admission offers.
  • After March 1, applicants may continue to interview. If offered admission to a program after March 1, an applicant who had previously accepted another program’s offer must withdraw from that program in order to accept the new offer.
  • Be sure to check with each program on their specific deposit amounts and timelines

MCW Deposit Schedule:

Rolling Admission Deposit Deadline

Cooperative Admission Guidelines (CAG) Deadline

Deadline is variable depending on interview date

March 1, 2018

$200 to secure your seat at MCW

$300 to finalize your position at MCW


The deadline for Fall 2018 admission is February 1, 2018. Although incoming applications will be reviewed on a continual basis, you are encouraged to submit your application early to receive priority in selection, as interview spaces and seats in the class become limited closer to the deadline.

The latest PCAT exam date acceptable for Fall 2018 admission is the January 4, 2018 exam. Note that your application will not be reviewed without an official PCAT score submitted to PharmCAS.

As part of the provisional admission process applicants must submit to a required criminal background check, drug screening and will met all immunization requirements set by the MCW Pharmacy School.

The MCW Pharmacy School Office of Student Affairs, Admission Committee, and Dean reserve the right at any time to rescind an offer of provisional admission to an applicant that does not meet or successfully complete the above listed criteria.


The MCW Pharmacy School has applied for accreditation to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) – the national agency for accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education.


For additional information, please visit our page on accreditation.


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 Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  Applications completed and submitted by Sunday, December 31, 2017 will be given priority review.  The final application deadline is Tuesday, May 1, 2018. All prerequisite classes must be completed by June 30, 2018. Qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview at the MCW Pharmacy School starting in the fall of 2017.  Applicants who successfully complete both the application and interview may be offered provisional admission to the MCW Pharmacy School.