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Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy

Admissions Requirements


Eligibility Requirements

The Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy program is open to pharmacists who meet one of the following requirements:

  • The applicant completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, including MPharm.) in pharmacy and from any Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) or Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).
  • The applicant completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, including MPharm.) in pharmacy from locally-approved / accredited college or university program outside of the United States.
  • The applicant completed a PharmD degree from an ACPE or CCAPP-accredited program or other international PharmD program.

Application Requirements

  • Application Deadline – Students may begin the program in either the fall or spring semester. Applications are accepted at any time, provided the application is received prior to each semester’s deadline.

    • Fall Application Deadline – April 15 for classes beginning in August
    • Spring Application Deadline - October 15 for classes beginning in January​​


EXTENDED DEADLINE: The Fall 2020 application deadline has been extended until May 15, 2020. Contact the Distance Degrees and Programs Office directly with any questions about your application.


  • If the application deadline falls on a weekend or United States holiday, then the deadline will be next business day. Contact the DDP office regarding any concerns about meeting the application deadline. Otherwise, any application received after the semester’s deadline will be considered for the next admissions cycle. Acceptance into the program will be honored for one year from the start of the semester for which admissions was requested. Students who do not enroll in any course(s) within that year may be required to reapply. Admission extension into the program will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

  • Policies and Procedures – As a student of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, all students are subject to all school and program policies, including ethics and conduct code and academic advancement policies. A full list of these policies is listed on the Policies and Procedures page.
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 Application Materials

 

 Application Form

Complete the online application​ or contact the DDP Office to obtain a PDF copy of the application form.​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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 Personal Statement

A personal statement defining the applicant's professional work experience, goals and reasons for applying to the MS in Clinical Pharmacy program. Statements should be limited to two pages, double spaced.​​​

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 Professional Recommendations

Two letters of recommendation are to be submitted through the online application. Recommendation forms will be sent electronically to recommenders listed in the online application. Contact the DDP Office with questions about this process.

Recommendations will be completed by people who know the applicant's professional, academic, and/or personal achievements or qualities well. As such, references must be from professional contacts, such as employers, supervisors, former faculty, preceptors or professional colleagues. References from clergy, family members, friends or politicians will not be accepted. ​​​​​

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 Photo Identification

Scanned copy of either a driver’s license, passport or other government-issued identification.​​

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 Official Transcript

Official transcripts from the locally-approved or accredited school of pharmacy from which the applicant graduated and from any degree program(s) in which the applicant has been enrolled in since obtaining the pharmacy degree.

Applicants who receive their bachelor's of pharmacy degree from outside the United States or Canada will have their transcripts evaluated through World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators(ECE). An official copy of the transcript review must be sent from the transcript review agency to the DDP Office.

Applicants must also include official transcripts from any degree program(s) enrolled since obtaining their bachelor's of pharmacy degree. If completed outside the United States or Canada, applicants must follow the transcript evaluation process through WES or ECE.​​

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 Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $200.00 (U.S. dollars).​

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 Interview

The interview process is designed to assess an applicant’s communication skills and ability to perform in a positive, professional manner when working with others. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the interview process. The DDP office will contact applicants to schedule an appointment to complete the interview, which will be conducted via telephone.​

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 English Language Proficiency

All applicants must be proficient in the English language, as detailed in the program’s technical standards. Applicants can meet the English language proficiency requirements through one of the following:

  • Earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from an ACPE/CCAPP-accredited U.S. or Canadian school of pharmacy (excluding Quebec).
  • Earned a master’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • Completion of an evaluation of English proficiency by taking either the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or academic-based International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Only exam scores completed within two years of the application deadline will be accepted.
    • TOEFL Score Requirements – Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 89 on the internet-based TOEFL exam taken within the past two years. The required minimum scores for each individual exam component are as follows:
      • Listening – 20
      • Speaking – 22
      • Writing – 21
    • IELTS Score Requirements – Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam taken within the past two years. The required minimum scores for each individual exam component are as follows:
      • Listening – 6.5
      • Speaking – 7.0
      • Writing – 6.0
    • Exam Score Date – Exam scores cannot be older than two years from the program application deadline date. If the applicant completed the exam more than two years ago, the applicant will retake the exam to complete the admissions process.​
    • The DDP committee may request an applicant complete the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) on a case-by-case basis, and with the requirement that a level of Advanced Low be achieved.

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 Application Review

The DDP office will email the applicant within two weeks of receiving the application materials to provide a status report and schedule an appointment to complete a telephone interview.

After the interview, the DDP office will email the applicant to confirm admissions into the program, or if the need to revise any application materials exists.

Acceptance into the program will be honored for one year from the start of the semester for which admissions was requested. Students who fail to enroll in any course within one year from which admission was requested may be required to reapply.​​​

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