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As you explore the WSU PharmD Program, we suggest that you attend a General Information Meeting. Meetings are held the first Tuesday evening of the month at 6:00 pm in the lower level of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building. Information meetings are designed to answer questions about our program. To learn more about the meetings and to register online, please visit: http://cphs.wayne.edu/meetings.php

For admissions and application information, read the information provided below.

 The following Admission requirements are effective for students applying to the PharmD program for Fall 2013 and later.

  • 3.0 minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average as calculated by PharmCAS.
  • 3.0 minimum prerequisite grade point average as calculated by the Wayne State University pharmacy admissions committee.
  • No less than a "C" grade (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) in any prerequisite class.
  • The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) with a minimum composite score of 50th percentile or higher, as well as 50th percentile or higher in chemistry, quantitative and biology sections, and 25th percentile or higher in verbal and reading sections.  (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MOST RECENT PCAT SCORE TAKEN BETWEEN 2010-2015 WILL BE CONSIDERED IN THIS YEAR'S ADMISSIONS PROCESS. SCORES FROM THE JANUARY, 2016 TESTING DATES ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR 2016 ADMISSION.)
  • Satisfactory completion of the Wayne State University English language proficiency requirements at http://admissions.wayne.edu/english-proficiency.php
  • An on-site, face to face, interview will be required for all applicants for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. This is one of several criteria used in the evaluation of candidates for admission.
  • Students who are offered admission to the PharmD program will have a Criminal Background Checkperformed by Certiphi, Inc through PharmCAS. Matriculation into the program will depend on the results of that check.
  • A degree is not required for admission into the PharmD program.

*** All deadlines noted on this website must be abided by in order to be considered for admission to the WSU PharmD program. Due to the highly competitive nature of admission to this program, successful completion of all admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.***

Admission Requirement and Application Information

Cumulative Undergraduate GPA

Prerequisite Coursework GPA

Course Time Limit Waiver Request

Science and Math Prerequisite Coursework

Non-Science Prerequisite Coursework

University General Education Requirements

Questions About Course Equivalencies

International Students

PCAT Requirements

PharmCAS Application

Letters of Reference

Personal Statement


Non-Academic Factors

After the PharmD Interview

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Cumulative Undergraduate GPA

  • The minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA acceptable for admission consideration is 3.0, as calculated by PharmCAS. Click here for information on how PharmCAS calculates GPAs.
  • If coursework was completed at a non-US institution, transcripts must be evaluated by a WSU approved evaluation service (WES, ECE, etc.). The official course-by-course evaluation must be sent to PharmCAS and to Wayne State University. Please click here for information regarding foreign transcript prerequisite evaluation.
  • Any questions regarding undergraduate coursework may be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at  cphsinfo@wayne.edu.

Prerequisite Coursework GPA

  • The minimum prerequisite coursework GPA acceptable for admissions consideration is 3.0, as calculated by the Wayne State University Admissions Committee.
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a "C"/2.0 or higher.
  • All science prerequisite coursework must be completed within 6 years of the time of application submission. For example, if the application deadline is November 2, 2015, the science courses must have been completed no earlier than 2009.

    *If any of the science courses were completed greater than 6 years prior to the time of application submission, a waiver from the WSU PharmD program must be obtained. This request must include: a) the name, course number, institution name of the course(s) to be waived, b) a detailed explanation which describes why employment experience or recent academic coursework demonstrates mastery of the prerequisite course content. A detailed account of the principles and objectives and the prerequisite course content must included, along with specific employment duties or academic achievements. Attach to the email your transcripts showing the grade for the course. Unofficial transcripts are fine for waiver reviews. Do not send transcripts by mail for waiver reviews. Send the request and all supporting information to tamra.watt@wayne.edu

    Example of 6 Year Waiver Request:

    Basic Statistics, STA 2020, University of Indiana, Fall 1998
    In my work as a research assistant, I am responsible for developing statistical analysis models for studies involving genomics. I currently work on 4 different projects, all of which require me to collect and analyze data. I prepare monthly statistical reports and identify all statistically significant findings for review by my team. Additionally, I have authored the statistical explanation portions of 2 published articles since 2001. I also worked as a Teaching Assistant for STA 2040 for 3 semesters while I was finishing my prerequisites at Hillsboro Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Please note: a grade of “C” or higher must have been earned in the science course considered for the waiver.

    6 Year Prerequisite Waivers are valid for one application cycle. Re-applicants must apply for a current waiver, as waivers do not roll over from one application cycle to the next.

Science and Math Prerequisite Coursework

The following prerequisite coursework (or their equivalent) must be completed by May 31 of the year for which you are applying. Science and math coursework must be completed within six years prior to admission:

  • BIO 1510 - Basic Life Mechanisms
  • BIO 2200 - Introductory Microbiology & Lab
  • BIO 2870 + BIO 3200 - Six credits of Anatomy & Physiology with at least three of those credits at the 300/3000 level or above**
  • CHM 1220/1230 - General Chemistry I & Lab
  • CHM 1240/1250 - Organic Chemistry I & Lab
  • CHM 2220/2230 - Organic Chemistry II & Lab
  • CHM 5600 - Biochemistry
  • MAT 2010 - Calculus I
  • PHY 2130/2131 - General Physics I & Lab

** Click on this link for a list of courses that will fulfill BIO 3200 at other four-year institutions in the state of Michigan. You cannot take an equivalent course for BIO 3200 at any two-year/community college. It must be taken at a four-year university. List of courses that will fulfill BIO 3200 at other four-year institutions

Non-Science Prerequisite Coursework

The following prerequisite coursework (or their equivalent) must be completed by August 31 of the year for which you are applying.

  • ENG 1020 - Introductory College Writing (BC)
  • STA 1020 - Elementary Statistics
  • COM 1010 - Oral Communication (OC)

University General Education Requirements

Students with a bachelor’s degree are exempt from completing the requirements below.  Those who qualify under the MACRAO or Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) policy (see www.transfercredit.wayne.edu) are exempt from all except Intermediate Composition (IC).

Students who do not meet any of these criteria must complete the University General Education requirements as listed below:

  • ENG 3010 - Intermediate Composition (IC)
  • Critical Thinking (CT)
  • Social Science (SS) - ECO 1000 or 2010 recommended
  • Historical Studies (HS)
  • Philosophy & Letters (PL)
  • Foreign Culture (FC)
  • Visual & Performing Arts (VP)
  • American Society & Institutions (AI) 

 The general education requirements must be completed before students enter into the second year of the pharmacy curriculum. 

Questions about prerequisite course equivalencies

Consult the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (EACPHS) Office of Student  Affairs website to find equivalency guides for college and university coursework that are commonly transferred to our College. If you have questions about whether your prerequisite coursework meets the WSU PharmD requirements, check out our online equivalency guides. On this site, you can also complete an online self-service prerequisite worksheet.

Email any questions regarding prerequisite coursework to advisors at cphsinfo@wayne.edu.

International Students

Applicants with international transcripts must do the following:

  1. Send a course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation report to PharmCAS from either World Education Services, Inc (www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (www.ece.org).
  2. Canadian applicants need to complete the foreign transcript evaluation as indicated above and ALSO send student copies of their transcripts (from their Canadian College or University) to Wayne State University at:

    Eugene Applebaum Office of Student Affairs
    259 Mack Avenue, Suite 1600
    Detroit, MI 48201

     This is to ensure that their applications are reviewed on a timely basis.
  3. Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of immigration status or citizenship) must meet the University’s English proficiency requirements.


  1. All applicants must complete the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) within 5 years of the time of application submission. Exams taken prior to this date will not be considered. For example, if the application deadline is November 2, 2015, then the PCAT must have been taken no earlier than 2010.
  2. Applicant must have a Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) testing date no later than the year prior to admission. For example, if applying for the Fall 2016 entering class, an applicant must have a PCAT score no later than the final test date in 2015. This year, the final test date accepted is November 6, 2015.
  3.  A minimum composite score of 50th percentile or higher is required. A 50th percentile or higher in each of the following sections: chemistry, quantitative and biology; as well as a 25th percentile or higher in each of the verbal and reading sections is preferred.
  4. Please note that if you take the PCAT exam more than once, testing scores from the most recent examination date will be considered for admission, not necessarily the test with the highest scores. Also, only scores from one testing date will be considered. For example, we will not consider a verbal score from one exam, a quantitative score from another exam, and a chemistry score from yet another. All scores must be from the same exam.
  5. For more information and to register for the exam, go to http://pcatweb.info/.

PharmCAS Application (Due First Monday of November)

All applicants must apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (www.pharmcas.org). The deadline for submission each year is the first Monday of November. For the 2015-2016 cycle, the deadline is November 2, 2015.  A completed PharmCAS application must be submitted and received by PharmCAS on or before the first Monday of November in order to be considered for admission to the WSU PharmD program. Applications “submitted” to PharmCAS after the  deadline will not be accepted. The application can be found at: http://www.PharmCAS.org/.

Applicant Letters of Reference Submitted to PharmCAS

Two electronic letters of reference must be submitted for each applicant. One letter must be from one of the applicant's college or university instructors. The second letter can be from any professional reference such as another instructor or a supervisor at a work or volunteer site. Personal references are not accepted. Please note that while PharmCAS will allow applicants to submit up to four letters of references, the WSU PharmD program will only consider two letters for each candidate.

Personal Statement

Each applicant must provide a personal statement through their PharmCAS application. Your personal statement should address why you selected pharmacy as a career and how the Doctor of Pharmacy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you achieve your goals.

Personal Interview

A personal interview will be granted to select individuals who meet all admission requirements by the admissions deadlines. Applicants should seek out as much information as possible concerning the role of the pharmacist and be able to articulate this information during the interview process. Interviewers are interested in how well the applicant communicates, their drive to be a pharmacist and their understanding of the profession of pharmacy.

Applicants should be able to articulate their answers to these four questions:

  1. What made you decide to pursue a career in pharmacy?
  2. What preparation have you had to become a pharmacist?
  3. What made you choose Wayne State University's Pharmacy Program?
  4. Assuming you complete the Pharmacy program at Wayne State University, what professional goals do you hope to achieve?

Completion of the personal interview does not guarantee admission to the WSU PharmD Program.

Non-academic Factors

Non-academic factors such as volunteer experience, experience in a health care setting, leadership roles in student organizations, etc. are evaluated by the committee. While these factors are not required, they do affect your ranking against other applicants. However, these do not replace or excuse lower academic performance.

After the PharmD Interview

After the interview, the Pharmacy Admissions Committee (PAC) examines all of the candidate's data and makes a decision regarding admission. The Doctor of Pharmacy program has a rolling admissions policy, meaning that candidates can gain admission to the program before all potential candidates have been interviewed. Upon reviewing the applicant's record, PAC will make one of three recommendations: admit, deny or defer. The first two outcomes are self explanatory. A deferred status means that the PAC has opted to defer a decision on admission into the program until after all interviews have been completed. Deferred applicants should not infer that they will not be admitted into the program. Once interviews are complete, final decisions regarding deferred candidates will be made.

Regardless of the decision made by the committee, all candidates will receive an email letter informing them of their application status. Applicants that are deferred will receive a second letter indicating whether they have been granted admissions into the program by the end of the admission cycle.

Enrollment Deposit

If you are admitted to the WSU PharmD program, you will be asked to submit a nonrefundable $1,000 deposit within two weeks of your admission. The enrollment deposit will be credited to the cost of your tuition.


If you have additional questions, please contact:

Eugene Applebaum Office of Student Affairs
259 Mack Avenue, Suite 1600
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 577-1716 PH
(313) 577-5589 FAX

If you would like to schedule an advising appointment, please contact:

Tamra Watt  
Academic Services Officer
Division of Pharmacy
259 Mack Avenue, Suite 2610

Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 577-4928 PH

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