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 UofSC Students
If you are a current UofSC 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 UofSC 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.
From Other Colleges or Universities
If you’re transferring from another college or university into the UofSC 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
Students from an accredited professional pharmacy program requesting to transfer to the UofSC College of Pharmacy professional Pharm.D. program will be evaluated on an individual basis. The student applying for transfer must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing in their current Pharm.D. program. As the student must complete at least two years of study at the UofSC College of Pharmacy in order to be eligible for a degree from the institution, students must complete, at minimum, their third and fourth professional years at the UofSC College of Pharmacy.
Process to Request Transfer
- The following items are required to begin the transfer evaluation process:
- Provide a letter to the Director of Admissions outlining the reason for the transfer request and desired entrance level into the program (i.e., 2nd year, 3rd year) no later than February 1.
- Complete an interview with the Director of Admissions to discuss transfer intent and eligibility no later than March 1.
- If a student chooses to continue with a transfer request, the following information
must be provided to the Director of Admissions no later than April 1:
- Current program’s Pharm.D. curriculum
- Course descriptions and syllabi for all completed Pharm.D. courses
- Following evaluation of completed curriculum, the student will be notified of the professional year placement, if space permits, that would be offered in the case of a transfer acceptance.
- If the student chooses to continue with the transfer request after notification of
professional year placement that would result from a transfer acceptance, the following
information must be submitted to the Director of Admissions no later than June 1:
- Unofficial college transcripts from all institutions attended for all coursework completed including Pharm.D. program prerequisite courses and Pharm.D. courses
- Official PCAT scores (must include writing score)
- Three letters of evaluation
- In addition to submitted documentation, the student must complete the interview process.
- The Admissions Committee will evaluate all information obtained during the transfer
request process to determine whether a transfer acceptance will be extended. If a
transfer request is extended, the student must submit the following items to the Director
- UofSC College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application and associated fee
- 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 drug screen
Graduate Transfer Credits
Course work not part of a completed certificate program or graduate degree from UofSC 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 UofSC, consult the Graduate Studies Bulletin and a faculty adviser in your program of interest.