Frequently Asked Questions

1. What degree is awarded by CSU-COP?

Chicago State University College of Pharmacy awards the Pharm. D. degree. The Pharm. D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) degree is a professional degree that prepares the graduate for pharmacy practice. It is awarded after four years of pharmacy school, including one year of experiential rotations.

2. How long does it take to get the Pharm. D. Degree?
The PharmD requires a minimum of 6 academic years. Two years of prescribed prepharmacy courses and four years of full-time attendance in the professional program. The last year is composed of experiential rotations in pharmacy practice sites.
4. How many students are admitted each fall?

CSU-COP admits 90 students each fall.

5. What is the total student to faculty ratio?

The total student to faculty ratio is 9.5:1.

6. Is CSU-COP Accredited?

Chicago State University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652

For further information, please visit the ACPE website at HERE.

Application Process

7. Do I need to be a science major in order to apply to CSU-COP?

No, you are not required to major in science in college to be eligible for admission to a pharmacy degree program.  Biology and chemistry are common majors for pharmacy applicants because many of the course prerequisites for pharmacy are often incorporated into the standard curriculum. Student pharmacists, however; come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds, including those who majored in English, business, communications, etc. If the pharmacy prerequisite courses are not required as part of your undergraduate major, you will need to complete these courses as electives.

8. Do I need a degree in order to apply?

A bachelor’s degree is not required.  We welcome exceptional non-degree students to apply as long as they have completed a minimum of 62 semester hours or 89 quarter hours and meet the minimum GPA requirement.

9. What are the GPA requirements for admission?

Students must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) for the following GPA's: Cumulative GPA, Prerequisite GPA and Math/Science GPA. Admissions to all colleges of pharmacy are highly competitive. The average GPA of the entering class was above 3.1.

11. When will the applications be available?

(2020 Admissions Deadline is extended to July 1, 2020)

Applications for the 2020 entering class are available via PharmCAS July 18, 2019. There is no Supplemental Application for Chicago State University College of Pharmacy.It is highly encouraged that applicants apply well before the deadline. Applicants for the Early Decision Program should apply July-September of the year prior to intended entrance. Applications for Regular Admissions can be completed from July 18, 2019, through June 1, 2020. Please note that PharmCAS requires 4-6 weeks for verification purposes before an application is forwarded to individual colleges of Pharmacy.

12. Is an interview required?

Yes, an interview is required (by invitation only).

13. I am a high school student, how can I pursue a pharmacy career?

Contact the Office of Prehealth Professions at 773.995.3981 for information on the Pre-Pharmacy program, visit our website at pharmacy/ or attend one of our prospective student informational meetings.  Dates for an upcoming prospective student informational meeting can be found on the events page of the college of pharmacy.

14. What should I do if I am uncertain whether a course counts towards a prerequisite?

Please e-mail a brief course description along with the course title and credit hours to The admissions staff will review it and let you know whether it will be acceptable.

15. Do all my prerequisites need to be completed in order for the Admissions Committee to make a decision on my application?

No, prerequisites can be pending when the Admissions Committee evaluates your application. An official transcript showing successful completion of all prerequisite coursework with a passing grade of “C” or better must be received by our office by the end of the spring semester or a student's acceptance will be jeopardized.

16. What is CSU-COP looking for in a candidate?

The mission of Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP) is the development of student and faculty scholars who will impact the health care needs of people in the region, state, and the nation. The College will provide a strong foundation in the knowledge, integration, and application of the biomedical, pharmaceutical, social/behavioral/administrative, and clinical sciences resulting in practitioners who are committed to humanistic service, capable of providing patient-centered care and leaders in advancing the pharmacy profession.

Throughout the admissions process, CSU-COP’s Admissions Committee will be evaluating your application from all aspects. Your cumulative, prerequisite and math/science prerequisite GPA's will be considered. Please note, that the Admissions Committee will also examine any patterns in your grades. Also considered in the process are the results of the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). There is not a particular weight assigned to GPA and PCAT scores in the admissions process; both are considered and the Committee attempts to understand how they relate to each other and what they indicate in terms of the candidate's potential for success at CSU-COP. In addition to the "numbers-side" of your application, the Committee is also looking for applicants who have researched the field, are highly motivated, and confident that pharmacy is the career they want to pursue.

17. Transfer Admission from Another College of Pharmacy

The CSU–COP may accept transfer students from other accredited pharmacy colleges and schools as long as these students are in good academic standing and have legitimate reasons for seeking a transfer.

All requests for transfer information should be referred to the CSU-COP Office of the Dean so that the potential transfer applicant can be counseled prior to submitting an application.

To be considered for transfer, a student must meet the College’s general requirements for admission. He/she must also submit the following:

  1. A letter to the CSU-COP Office of the Dean indicating why he/she wishes to transfer and explaining any difficulties encountered at his/her current institution
  2. A completed CSU Supplemental Application;
  3. Official transcripts from all schools attended - undergraduate, graduate, and professional;
  4. A catalog and a detailed syllabus for any courses for which advanced standing consideration is requested;
  5. A letter from the dean or designee of the pharmacy college or school in which the student is enrolled. The letter must indicate the student’s current academic status in good standing;
  6. Additional documents or letters of recommendation as determined necessary by the Dean of the CSU–COP.

If the review is positive, the Dean will instruct the Admissions Committee to interview the transfer student applicant. The Admissions Committee will provide its recommendation for admission to the Dean. 

18. Who can I contact for more information?

Chicago State University College of Pharmacy

9501 S King Drive / Douglas Hall 3083

Chicago, Illinois 60628-1598

Tel. 773-821-2679


Chicago State University College of Pharmacy Fact Sheet (pdf)