(Includes Prerequisite Course Guides)


If you are interested in becoming a MCW Pharmacy School student, you must complete the prerequisite courses listed below before you begin your coursework in our PharmD program.

Prerequisite Course List

Prerequisite Required Recommended
General Biology 1 Course with lab Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics
Advanced Biology 1 Course  
General Chemistry 2 Courses with lab  
Organic Chemistry 2 Courses with lab  
Statistics 1 Course Biostatistics, Business Statistics
Calculus 1 Course  
Physics 1 Course Physics with lab
Economics 1 Course Micro or Macro Economics, Business Economics, International, Introduction to Economics
English Composition 2 Courses English, Linguistics, Writing
Public Speaking 1 Course Speech, Public Speaking, Interpersonal, Group Communication
General Education Electives 4 Courses Humanities, Social & Behavior Sciences
All Prerequisites:
  1. Must be taken at a regionally-accredited university, college or community college in the U.S. or Canada
  2. Must be at least 3 semester credits, taken A-F, all math and science courses completed with a grade of C or better. Grade of B or better in all English and Speech courses
  3. General Education Electives may not include studio, performance or physical education
  4. May be satisfied by IB, PSEO or College in the Schools credit if it appears on a college transcript
  5. May be satisfied by AP and appears as credit on a college transcript
  6. ESL and ELL classes cannot be counted towards the two required English composition courses.
  7. If an applicant does not have a general biology lab, a more advanced biology lab may be substituted
  8. Biochemistry is recommended as the advanced biology course. However, anatomy, physiology, genetics, microbiology or molecular biology may also fulfill this requirement
  9. General Education Elective courses may include ethics, philosophy, foreign language, history, cultural studies, anthropology, psychology and sociology
  10. Online and hybrid taught classes may be accepted only from a regionally-accredited university, college, or community college in the U.S. or Canada. Age of science course should not exceed 7-years
  11. A final official transcript will be required prior to the start of classes in the desired year of entry
  12. All applicants must complete 90 credit hours of undergraduate study prior to matriculating to the MCW.

If you have any questions regarding the MCW Pharmacy School prerequisites, please contact us.


International, Foreign Degree and Transfer Students

International Students

If you are an international student (F1 or J1 visa) currently attending classes at an institution in the U.S., or if you are a Canadian citizen, you must complete the same admission process through the MCW Pharmacy School application. Any courses you have taken outside the U.S. or Canada must be evaluated through a foreign transcript evaluation service, such as WES or ECE, and submitted through PharmCAS. As a reminder, international students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but you may qualify for merit based financial aid from the MCW Pharmacy School. Depending on your visa status, you may be required to submit additional documentation during the admission process, such as a current I-20 visa or 1-94 card, and an affidavit of financial support.

*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

Foreign Degree Students

If you are a student who has completed course work or earned your degree outside of the U.S. or Canada, and you are not currently enrolled at a U.S. or Canadian institution, you must complete a minimum of two semesters of academic study at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. You are required to submit a course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation from WES or ECE through the MCW Pharmacy School.

Foreign transcript evaluations can be mailed to:
MCW Pharmacy School Office of Student Affairs
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

The TOEFL is a pharmacy school admission requirement for foreign degree students, except those who have completed 9 semester credits – within the past 24 months – in English and public speaking before entering the MCW Pharmacy School. We encourage you to contact the Office of Student Affairs to arrange for a review of your transcript and to review all of MCW Pharmacy School’s admission policies.

Transfer Students

If you are currently enrolled in a pharmacy degree program at another institution, the MCW Pharmacy School may accept your request to transfer under extenuating circumstances and depending on seat availability. Consideration will only be given to students who are currently in good standing at an ACPE-accredited College or School of Pharmacy. If you have been placed on probation for any reason, temporarily or permanently suspended, required to repeat courses or involved in any adverse action as a result of code of conduct violations or academic dishonesty, you are not eligible. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs to arrange for a transcript review and to review all of MCW Pharmacy School’s admission policies.

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.