Medical School

Applying to 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, a variety of learning pathways and engaging rotations at premiere hospital and community pharmacies across southeastern Wisconsin.

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 to 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 taking into account each applicant's unique qualities during the initial application review and through the interview process, when making admission decisions. As an applicant to the MCW Pharmacy School, you will be considered based on your own abilities and experiences.

Steps to Apply

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 here.

Prerequisite Courses
Once you have completed most of the prerequisite courses, you are ready to begin the Pharmacy School application process. While you might be missing, or in the process of completing some of the prerequisites when you apply, you must complete all prerequisites by June 1 of the year you would like to begin MCW’s PharmD program.

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The MCW Pharmacy School requires a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.00 on a 4.0 scale, and a 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 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.

Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)