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College of Pharmacy

Admission Requirements

Students who are extended an invitation to apply to the GPA Program and meet or exceed the USC College of Pharmacy Technical Standards are encouraged to submit application materials as soon as possible. Interview seats are limited and will be issued on a rolling basis.


Application Process

Students invited to apply to the GPA Program must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the GPA Program application (in addition to the USC Undergraduate application) which includes a resume upload

  2. Obtain three (3) letters of recommendation, using the guidelines below

  3. Upon extended invitation, fully attend the GPA Program on-site information session and successfully complete the associated interview activities with the USC College of Pharmacy

 Resume Guidelines

  • Resumes for the purpose of pharmacy school admission are usually
    multiple pages in length.  This is expected in order to account for all of your experience and activities that are evaluated by the Admissions Committee.
  • A resume template will be provided in the GPA Program application

 Letters of Recommendation Guidelines

Individuals in each of the three (3) following roles must submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf:

  • High school math teacher
  • High school science teacher
  • An individual who can speak to your work ethic, morale, leadership, etc. (e.g., coach, guidance counselor/advisor, employer, mentor)

Upon submission of your GPA program application, you will receive notification requesting the contact information for (3) recommendation writers.


Technical Standards

To be eligible to participate in our Pharm.D. program and sit for the pharmacist licensure exam, you must possess certain cognitive, behavioral and technical skills and abilities. The Technical Standards of the College of Pharmacy describe the essential functions you must demonstrate in order to fulfill the requirements of a general pharmacy education, and are thus prerequisites for entrance to, continuation in and graduation from the USC College of Pharmacy. You must meet or exceed the required aptitude, abilities and skills outlined in our standards. Certain chronic or recurrent illnesses and problems may interfere with completing your didactic studies, delivering or providing patient care or compromising patient safety and may be incompatible with pharmacy training or practice.


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