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MWU-CPG uses a two-step application process. Applicants must submit a completed PharmCAS application and meet both the PharmCAS application deadline and MWU-CPG file completion deadline.
Applicants must apply via the online PharmCAS application, which is usually available in July of the academic year preceding the year in which applicants plan to matriculate. Please refer to the PharmCAS application instructions for specific details about completing PharmCAS applications, required documents, and processing time. Applicants who have taken coursework or earned degrees from foreign institutions must also submit to PharmCAS an evaluation of their transcripts from an approved foreign transcript evaluation service (See Admission Requirements).
The deadline for submitting the PharmCAS application is March 1st. In addition to the online application and application fee, applicants are strongly encouraged to forward official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to PharmCAS by the March 1st date. PharmCAS will not consider an application complete and will not begin the verification process until all official transcripts have been received.
Due to the large number of applications and the limited number of seats available, students are encouraged to complete their PharmCAS applications and complete their MWU-CPG file early in the cycle. MWU-CPG will consider completed applications on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats are filled.
Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)
Applicants must arrange for sending scores directly from the PCAT to PharmCAS using PCAT code 104. MWU-CPG will only accept test scores received directly from PharmCAS. (See Admission Requirements for more details). PCAT scores sent directly to the Office of Admissions will not be accepted. This exam is offered by Pearson Assessment, 800-622-3231 [Call: 800-622-3231] , www.pcatweb.info. The exam is typically offered four times per year. Only test scores earned no more than 5 years prior to the planned enrollment year are accepted.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from two professionals directly to PharmCAS. MWU-CPG will only accept letters received directly from PharmCAS. It is preferred that one letter be written by a college professor who has actually taught the applicant or a prehealth advisory committee, science professor, or a health professional who knows the applicant well. Please refer to the PharmCAS application instructions for specific guidelines and requirements for submitting letters of recommendation.
All application materials, including the PharmCAS application, verification of transcripts by PharmCAS, PCAT scores (as reported to PharmCAS), and two letters of recommendation (submitted to PharmCAS), must be received in the Office of Admissions by April 1st. Only completed applications received by the Office of Admissions on or before the deadline date will be reviewed for potential entrance into the College.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are responsible for tracking the receipt of their application materials and verifying the status of their application on the University website. The Office of Admissions will send qualified applicants instructions for creating a MWU-CPG online account. Applicants must create and utilize their account to track and check their application status.
Applicants are also responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in their mailing address or e-mail address. Contact the Office of Admissions at:Midwestern University
Office of Admissions
19555 North 59th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308
The Director of Admissions and the Admissions Committee review applicant files when complete and use GPA and PCAT scores to determine applicant eligibility for interviews. Invitations are sent to eligible applicants for on-campus interviews, which are scheduled on a first-call, first-scheduled basis. No interviews will be granted until an individual's application process is complete.
During the interview process, applicants will meet with an interview panel that may consist of pharmacy faculty members, pharmacists, and pharmacy students. Panel members will evaluate professional motivation and preparedness, personal qualities, communication skills, and decision-making ability by rating applicants on a standardized evaluation scale. After reviewing the applicant's completed application and interview evaluation, the Admissions Committee recommends accepting, denying, or placing applicants on an alternate list. Recommendations are then forwarded to the Dean for final approval.
Applications to MWU-CPG are processed and reviewed during regular intervals in the admissions cycle until the class is filled.
The PharmD program at MWU-CPG is rigorous and challenging. The Admissions Committee will therefore assess the quality and rigor of the pre-pharmacy academic records presented by applicants. When assessing the pre-pharmacy academic records, the Admissions Committee will:
- View applicants with cumulative and science grade point averages below 2.75 on a 4.00 scale with particular concern. Although 2.50 on a 4.00 scale is the preferred minimum cumulative and science GPA for admission consideration, higher cumulative GPAs are more competitive and recommended. The average overall and science GPAs of applicants admitted in 2015 were 3.27 and 3.18, respectively, on a 4.00 scale.
- View component and composite PCAT scores below the 50th percentile with particular concern although there are no minimum PCAT scores. The average composite PCAT score of applicants admitted in 2015 was in the 76th percentile.
- View with concern those applicants who include pre-pharmacy math and science coursework that was completed longer than 10 years ago. More recent (within five years) pre-pharmacy math and science coursework is preferred.
- Consider the reputations for quality and rigor of the institutions where applicants have taken coursework, the extent of completion of science prerequisites, the credit load carried per term, the difficulty level of previous coursework, and trends in applicant grades.