The nation’s pioneer in expanding the scope and impact of pharmacy education and the profession, USC also is renowned for attracting and preparing future leaders for the field.
At the USC Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, formerly known as USC Mann, we attract students who share our commitment to innovation, and our desire to solve intractable health issues, shape the future of the profession, and improve the lives of people everywhere.
Learn about USC Mann:
- The top private school of pharmacy in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- The top-ranked school of pharmacy in Southern California, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- Ranked #1 by Pharmacy Technician Guide, which cited the School’s high NAPLEX pass rates, research activity, high graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio and faculty credentials.
- Noted as #1 in the nation for PharmD degrees by Higher Learning Today, which cited the school’s long history, vibrant student life, high NAPLEX pass rates and emphasis on clinical training.
- Ranked #2 in the nation for PharmD degrees by College Magazine, which cited the school’s vast and supportive alumni network, high first-time NAPLEX pass rates, wide range of degrees and experiential opportunities.
How will my choice of graduate school benefit me? Beyond ensuring that the pharmacy program is accredited through the American Council for Pharmacy Education (which USC has through 2023), look at the outcomes of our Trojan pharmacy graduates:
Earned an average pass rate of 92.37% on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) over the past five years (2018-2022)
Many factors make USC an exciting destination, but it all starts with the students. USC PharmD students – all of whom have already completed a four-year undergraduate degree – come to the USC Health Sciences Campus near downtown Los Angeles from all over the country and many parts of the world to be part of this historic institution.
The USC PharmD Class of 2026:
Meet Our Esteemed Faculty
At USC Mann, you will be taught by acknowledged leaders in pharmacy education, research and service. The faculty includes:
Steven W. Chen, a national leader on expanding the scope of pharmacy practice to improve patient outcomes and save healthcare dollars
Lisa W. Goldstone, past president of College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, the nation’s leading organization of psychiatric pharmacists
Cardiology expert Tien M.H. Ng, a nationally recognized expert in heart failure management who has been awarded Professor of the Year 13 times
The size and breadth of the USC Mann faculty – 80+ full-time and hundreds of clinical professors – make it easier for you to find a mentor (or several mentors) whose interests complement and support your professional goals.
Dynamic, Inclusive Student Experiences
The PharmD student experience at USC Mann is uniquely inclusive and community-oriented. We have:
Dozens of student organizations helping to build community connections, communication skills and leadership abilities
Numerous student affinity groups such as the Black Pharmacy Society, Family Support for Professionals, LatinX Advancing Pharmacy, RxPride, and more
A dedicated student success team including a director for student success and engagement and an assistant director for career and academic counseling
A robust Project Wellness initiative working to lead, shape and foster a culture of well-being for students, staff and faculty
Advancing Pharmacy Practice
USC has a decades-long track record of advancing the practice of pharmacy, and its setting in one of the nation’s largest urban centers gives students access to diverse clinical and practice experience opportunities. The school:
- is located on a major health sciences campus near downtown Los Angeles, with three adjacent medical centers
- maintains research and teaching collaborations at Keck Hospital of USC, Cedars-Sinai Health System, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, LAC+USC Medical Center, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and more
- operates four School-run pharmacies, with a fifth – the USC South Los Angeles Pharmacy – in the active planning stages
- has over 300 experiential sites in Southern California
Our school’s location in vibrant, multicultural Los Angeles is a distinct advantage in our role as a leading international school for the study of pharmacy in all its dimensions.
60 of the 177 entering students in the PharmD class of 2026 were born outside the U.S., from countries including Armenia, Indonesia, Iran, South Korea, United Kingdom and Vietnam
PharmD students in their P4 year can choose an international advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) to fulfill an elective, six-week rotation. Recent placements include universities in Japan, Ireland, China and Taiwan; future destinations may include Egypt, India, Bulgaria, Colombia, and Kenya
USC maintains nine international offices, and the USC alumni association has a large international program, including 26 clubs in locations ranging from Sao Paulo to London to Taipei
Trojan Family: “Lifelong, Worldwide”
Alumni, students, and faculty are part of the renowned Trojan Family—a strong, connected community known for professional achievement, community outreach, and innovative curricular and care models. Our motto “lifelong, worldwide” reflects alumni dedication to supporting new generations of USC students and graduates on every continent.
USC Mann has a network of thousands of PharmD alumni, many serving in leadership positions in all major pharmacy, health care and pharmaceutical companies, in government agencies and in academia. Approximately 50 percent of practicing pharmacists in Southern California are graduates of USC.
What career possibilities are available to USC PharmD grads?
“There’s retail, inpatient, ambulatory care, managed care, industry, compounding, specialty, the list goes on and on … If you’re able to find the crossroads where competency and passion intersect, then you will have found that dream career where you pinch yourself every morning, not believing someone is actually paying you to do what you love. And that’s why USC is one of the best pharmacy schools out there in the nation. The amount of exposure and alumni connections available to you are second to none.”
Principal Medical Scientist, Managed Care and Government Accounts at Gilead Sciences
What inspired your career choices after USC?
“I became interested in finding innovative ways to improve health outcomes for patients because I spent nearly a decade leading advocacy efforts in California to change pharmacy laws to improve patient access to care. I became interested in improving access to patient care, because I was looking for ways for pharmacists to create next-gen business models. The possibilities truly are endless.”
Clinical Pharmacist, Product Development, Catalia Health
How has USC added value to your life and career?
“USC is definitely true to its reputation of providing broad networking opportunities. I can name so many faculty members that have served as role models and mentors in my professional career.”
CEO, 986 Degrees Corporation
What does the Trojan Family mean to you?
“Being part of the Trojan Family has opened so many doors for me that I’ve lost track. Whether it’s because it brings prestige to my résumé or inspires a long conversation about football with a stranger, I am proud to be a part of the Trojan Family.”