Admissions – Deadlines & Requirements

PharmCAS Application: Required

Early decision deadline: September 3, 2019

Regular admission deadline: June 1,  2020

Supplemental Application: Not required

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) Required

Last Test Date for Fall Admission: April

Admissions Cycle: Rolling (October – June)

The CSU–COP considers for admission those prospective students who possess the academic and professional promise necessary to become outstanding members of the pharmacy profession. To select these students, the College uses a rolling selection process within a competitive admissions framework.

Competitive Admissions

Within its competitive admissions framework, the CSU–COP uses multiple criteria to select the most qualified candidates from an applicant pool that exceeds the number of seats available.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the CSU–COP, a prospective student must do the following:

  1. Complete, or be in the process of completing, a minimum of 62 semester hours of nonremedial, prerequisite coursework from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. All pre-pharmacy coursework requirements must be completed in the Spring Semester prior to matriculation. The student must earn a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course. Note: If a student has completed coursework at a foreign college or university, the student must provide acceptable proof of U.S. course/degree equivalency. The student must also complete at least 30 semester hours of his/her prerequisite coursework (including at least 15 semester hours in the sciences) at an accredited institution in the United States.

Pre-pharmacy Requirements: 

Course(s) Semester Hrs
English (composition) 6
Biology (with laboratory) 8
Anatomy (must include all systems with laboratory) 3
General Chemistry (with laboratory) 8
Organic Chemistry (with laboratory) 8
Physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, force, and motion must be included. May be non-calculus based) 3
Calculus (integration and differentiation) 3
Speech (public speaking) 3
Economics (micro, macro, or general) 3
Statistics 3
Psychology or Sociology 3
Additional Coursework (divided among the humanities, fine arts, foreign language, business or computer sciences) 11
Total Credit Hours 62
  1. Achieve a minimum cumulative, science/math and pre-pharmacy grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale);

  2. Submit scores from the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT);

  3. Reflect a people/service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities;

  4. Reflect proper motivation for and commitment to the pharmacy profession as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer, or other life experiences;

  5. Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues;

  6. Submit a completed application containing a personal statement; and

  7. Complete CSU–COP’s on-campus interview process (by invitation only).

Application Process

Pharmacy Admission Early Decision Program

The College of Pharmacy at Chicago State University (CSU-COP) participates in the PharmCAS Early Decision Program (EDP). The PharmCAS Early Decision Program is a binding option that is available to applicants who see one particular Pharm. D. program (In this case CSU-COP) as a first choice; and will enroll if accepted. Applicants for the EDP may only apply to one participating school during the early decision time period. The deadline for applications for the Early Decision Program is September 3, 2019. If you wish to participate in the EDP, your completed application, transcripts and submission fee must be received at PharmCAS by the deadline or your status will be changed automatically from early decision to regular status.

Select interviews for the Early Decision Program will be conducted during September and Early October 2019. Early Decision Program offers will be made by October 21, 2019. You may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status. If offered conditional admission, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS institutions for the Fall 2020 admission cycle. If offered conditional admission, all rules regarding conditional admission remain (e.g. successful completion of pre-pharmacy courses, etc.)

Regular Admission Application

All applicants must file an application through PharmCAS, a web-based Pharmacy College Application Service, by June 1, 2020. PharmCAS must receive ALL official college transcripts by June 1, 2020. PharmCAS will not release applicant information to the School of Pharmacy until all transcripts, from every institution attended, is received.

Three letters of reference should be completed on the "Letters of Reference" form included in your PharmCAS application and submitted to PharmCAS by June 1, 2020 deadline. Applicants must adhere to the specified requirements regarding letters of reference criteria:

One letter must be from a Pharmacist or other licensed health care professional.

One letter must be from a science professor who has instructed the applicant at the college/university level.

The final letter should be from a Pre-health/faculty advisor, if possible. A letter from a Supervisor/Employer, Pre-health Committee, a professor in any discipline or second licensed health care professional may be submitted if the applicant's primary college/university does not use a Pre-health or faculty advisor. Letters from a TA can only be accepted if signed by the professor.

Register to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) at Select to have the scores sent directly to PharmCAS CODE 104. You must take the PCAT exam no later than the February testing date for the results to be submitted in time for review.

Include the following items:

  • If applicable, submit a copy of Advanced Placement (AP) Credits issued from the College Board and Educational Testing Services (ETS).  This is only required if AP courses are not listed on the transcript.

If an applicant completed coursework at a foreign institution, he/she must also submit an official, detailed course-by-course evaluation of this coursework. The student must obtain this evaluation from one of the following services:

  • Education Credential Evaluators (ECE): 414/964-0477

  • World Education Service (WES): 212/966-6311

All required (prerequisite) courses must be completed with a letter of a grade of "C" or better prior to entrance into the professional pharmacy program. Grades of C- or less are not acceptable.

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an interview process (Date and Time TBA).

If you have additional questions, please call our office at 773/821-2500.

* The supervisor/employer must have supervised/employed the applicant for a minimum of one year.

 After the College of Pharmacy receives and processes the completed application, the application/file is evaluated to determine whether or not the student will be offered an on-campus interview.

GPA Calculations

To calculate a prospective student’s grade point average (GPAs), the College of Pharmacy uses grades from all nonremedial courses completed post-high school. If a student repeats a course, the College uses all grades earned in the GPA calculation.  The College of Pharmacy uses the cumulative GPA sent by PharmCAS but does a separate GPA calculation which excludes repeated coursework for the cumulative, prerequisite and math/science prerequisite GPAs. (Note: Students may repeat courses at different colleges; however, the course descriptions/syllabi must be the same.)

Technical Standards for Admission

The educational mission of the CSU–COP is to educate and graduate competent pharmacists who will provide patient-centered care in a variety of pharmacy practice settings. The technical standards for admission set forth by the CSU-COP outline the nonacademic abilities considered essential for students to achieve the level of competence required by the faculty and by the ACPE, the pharmacy-accrediting agency, in order to obtain the Pharm.D. Degree.

It is expected that all students admitted to this program will:

  1. Possess the coordination, motor and visual skills required to function in a clinical and laboratory setting where they will engage in pharmaceutical preparations and use instrumentation such as microscopes and balances;

  2. Possess sufficient visual and auditory perception and the mental capacity to assimilate technically detailed and complex information presented in lectures and in professional practice settings;

  3. Possess sufficient communication skills to present information accurately and effectively to faculty and patients.

Candidates for admission to the CSU–COP who are invited for an on-campus interview are required to certify that they understand and meet the technical standards detailed above. Candidates must provide such certification on the day of their interview. Candidates who may not meet the technical standards are encouraged to contact the COP Office of the Dean to discuss and identify what accommodations if any, the CSU–COP would need to make in order that the candidate might be able to meet the standards.


The COP Office of the Student Affairs coordinates the interview process with interviews occurring throughout the selection process.

The COP Admissions Committee reviews a prospective student’s completed file to determine the student’s interview eligibility. If they consider the student eligible for an interview, an invitation for an on-campus interview will be extended to the applicant.