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College of Pharmacy


Transfer Applicants

If you’ve already declared a major and decide you’d like to change to pre-pharmacy, don’t worry. We can help you assess the impact of the change and navigate the process.

There are several ways to transfer into the College of Pharmacy. If you're a current University of South Carolina student who would like to change your major to pre-pharmacy, consider attending one of our Change of Major Workshops, which are led by pharmacy advisers.

Pre-Pharmacy Transfer Admission

Current USC Students
If you are a current USC student interested in changing your major to pre-pharmacy, you must have a 3.0 or higher with 12 or more earned college hours (excluding AP/IB credits). First semester freshmen only must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 with 12 or more earned USC credits (excluding AP/IB coursework) to change their major to pre-pharmacy.

Your first step is attending a Change of Major workshop (required), where you’ll learn about the pre-pharmacy major and the requirements to gain admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program at the College of Pharmacy. RSVP online to reserve your space. The workshops are held in Room 110, Coker Life Sciences. If you have questions, contact Kristi Niro, Director of Pre-Professional Studies and Recruitment, at 803-777-6635 or niro@cop.sc.edu.

From Other Colleges or Universities
If you’re transferring from another college or university into the USC pre-pharmacy program, the process is also handled through Undergraduate Admissions. Learn more about undergraduate transfers and requirements. A minimum GPA of 3.0 with 12 or more earned college hours (excluding AP or IB courses) is required to become a Pre-Pharmacy major.

Pharm.D. Transfer Admission

Applications for transfer students from an accredited professional pharmacy program into the USC College of Pharmacy professional Pharm.D. program will be evaluated on an individual basis.  The student applying for transfer must be in good standing in their current Pharm.D. program, the student must complete at least two years of study at the USC College of Pharmacy and space must be available in the Pharm.D. program for an application to be considered.

Process to Request Transfer:

Step 1: The following information is required to be submitted to the USC College of Pharmacy Director of Admissions to begin the transfer evaluation process:

  • Letter outlining the reason for the transfer request and desired entrance level into the program (i.e., 2nd year, 3rd year, etc.)
  • Unofficial college transcripts from all institutions attended for all college coursework completed including pharmacy prerequisites and Pharm.D. courses
  • Official PCAT scores (must include writing score)
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted directly from the evaluators)
  • USC College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application
  • Informal interview with the Director of Admissions to discuss transfer intent

The Admissions Committee may require a face-to-face interview for transfer students.

Step 2: Upon approval by the Admissions Committee, the following information is required to be submitted to the USC College of Pharmacy Director of Admissions to determine professional year placement:

  • Current program's Pharm.D. curriculum
  • Course syllabi for all completed Pharm.D. courses

Step 3: Upon acceptance of transfer by the Admissions Committee any student wishing to continue the process is required to submit the following to the USC College of Pharmacy Director of Admissions:

  • Letter from current pharmacy school Dean's Office stating the student is in good academic and professional standing
  • Seat Fee
  • Submission of a criminal background review and/or drug screen

Graduate Transfer Credits

Course work not part of a completed certificate program or graduate degree from USC or another institution may be transferred for credit toward a master’s or doctoral degree. Transferred courses must be relevant to your program of study and have course content and a level of instruction equivalent to that offered by the University’s own graduate programs. Before attempting to transfer credits to a graduate program at USC, consult the Graduate Studies Bulletin and a faculty adviser in your program of interest.