Admission Criteria

To apply to our Master of Science programs, you must:

  • Have completed a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from an accredited college or university.*
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from professionals or professors familiar with your capabilities and achievements.
  • Submit your most up-to-date resume.
  • Submit a personal statement that addresses your interest in the degree.
  • English Proficiency: If your bachelor’s degree was earned in a non-English speaking country and you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, you need to submit scores from an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Please note that even if you are from an English-speaking country, you may still need to submit scores. We require that you have verification of the following scores within two years of your intended enrollment:
    • An Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 100 with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or
    • An IELTS of 7 with no less than 6 on each band score.

If your native language is English and/or you have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university, you are exempt from this examination. If you have questions about departmental requirements for the TOEFL, please contact

*The Admissions Committee will consider all application materials and relies on a wide range of indicators from your application to determine fit and aptitude for success in the program. If you have any questions about your specific situation, please feel free to contact us.

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The Department’s Admissions Committee will review applications three times per year. Applications are for each academic semester with the following deadlines:

Start SemesterDomestic Priority/InternationalDomestic Final/Late International
Spring (Jan.)June 1October 1
Summer (May)October 1February 1
Fall (Aug.)*February 1June 1

*The fall term is the preferred term for international students to apply to due to the availability of University orientation services offered for incoming international students at this time. International students are required to apply by priority dates to ensure processing of visa requirements.

You may apply online through the USC Graduate Admissions website. You will find our programs under the “USC School of Pharmacy.” Please arrange to have transcripts and test scores sent to USC in time to meet your application deadline.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges you have attended, sent to the USC Office of Admission, as directed in the online application process, to the following address: University of Southern California, Office of Admission and Financial Aid, 3601 South Flower Street, Room 112, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or professionals familiar with your capabilities and achievements, utilizing the process provided called “Evaluations” in the online application.  It includes a form to be completed as well as uploading a personalized letter.
  • Your personal statement that addresses your interest in the degree and possible areas for your doctoral research should be uploaded in the “Documents” section under “Program Materials”
  • Your resume should be uploaded in the “Documents” section under “Supporting Information”
  • Submit GRE scores, have your scores sent to the USC Office of Admissions (code #4852).
    • GRE scores are no longer required though are highly recommended for applicants that have below a 3.0 GPA and no industry experience.
    • If you are required to submit TOEFL scores (please see above for details), have your scores sent to the USC Office of Admissions (code #4852).