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Midwestern University’s College of Pharmacy has two campuses: Glendale, AZ, and Downers Grove, IL. Upon acceptance into our College, you have the freedom to attend either campus for the duration.

Application Service:    PharmCAS FREE
Exam Requirement:    PCAT not required
Application Opens:      
 July in prior year
Application Deadline:  
May 1 apply early!
Classes Begin:                 Early June

Midwestern University uses rolling admission, and we strongly encourage you to apply early.  Once our seats are filled, we may not interview further candidates.

Application Requirements

  1. At least 62 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of prerequisite coursework (see table below). At the time you apply, prerequisite coursework may be in progress or planned for completion prior to matriculation.
  2. A preferred minimum cumulative GPA and science GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Transcripts from all prior post-secondary institutions, including any graduate-level coursework completed.

    • Coursework is accepted from regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities, or recognized postsecondary Canadian institutions where the primary language of instruction is English.

    • You must earn a grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses.

    • Prepharmacy courses must be completed by the end of the Spring term prior to matriculation in the College of Pharmacy.

  4. Two letters of recommendation, preferably:

    • One from a college professor who has taught you, or your pre-health advisor.

    • One from a pharmacist or healthcare professional who knows you well.

  5. Completion of an interview with the College of Pharmacy (by invitation only)
  6. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  7. Motivation for and commitment to the healthcare profession, demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  8. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  9. Passing the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  10. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.

NOTE: Midwestern University no longer requires the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) for admission.

Prerequisite Courses

Course Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Biology with labs 8 12
Human or Vertebrate Anatomy 3 4
General Chemistry with labs 8 12
Organic Chemistry with labs 8 12
Physics  3 4
Calculus 3 4
English Composition 6 9
Speech/Public Speaking 3 4
Economics 3 4
Statistics (general statistics or biostatistics) 3 4
Social and Behavioral Science Electives (Any two courses within the areas of psychology, sociology, anthropology, or political science) 6 9
General Education Electives
(Any three courses within the areas of humanities, fine arts, foreign language, business, or computer sciences. Please note: Courses in science, math, physical education, and health care do not apply towards the General Education requirement.)
8 12

FREE PharmCAS Application

Midwestern University uses the online PharmCAS application. 

PharmCAS is available starting in July of each year - apply early!

Pay no application fee when you apply to the College of Pharmacy!  Simply contact our Office of Admissions to request a PharmCAS coupon code. Or complete this form, and we will send the code to you.



What is Midwestern University looking for in an applicant?

The Pharm.D. program at the College of Pharmacy is rigorous, challenging, and rewarding.

The Admission Committee, comprised of our faculty, will assess the quality and rigor of your previous experiences.

The profession of pharmacy is changing rapidly.  Therefore, we prefer to see math and science coursework that is less than four years old and no more than ten years old.

If either of your GPAs are below 2.5 (on a 4.o scale), and you are invited for an interview, the Admissions Committee will conduct a thorough and holistic review of your application.

We will review your previous experiences to ensure that you are well prepared for our three-year Pharmacy program, designed to ensure you are practice-ready upon graduation. 

Additional Admissions Information

For information regarding International Applicants, Re-Application Process, Technical Standards, Matriculation Process, and more, please refer to these campus-specific Admissions pages:

College of Pharmacy, Glendale, AZ Campus (CPG)
College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove, IL Campus (CPDG)


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