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Masters Program

Admissions

The M.S. in Pharmaceutical Affairs program bases its selection of candidates on academic performance, Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, personal interviews, written applications, and letters of reference.

  1. Prior to matriculation, applicants must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A baccalaureate degree in any field of study is acceptable, as long as all prerequisites are met.

  2. All applicants must complete the following prerequisite coursework at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of a 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale:
Required Courses
Course Cr Hours
General Biology I and II including laboratory 6 semester hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology
(with or without laboratory)
6 semester hours
General Chemistry including laboratory 8 semester hours
Organic Chemistry including laboratory 8 semester hours
General Physics (with or without laboratory) 3 semester hours
English 6 semester hours
Calculus 3 semester hours
Speech/Public Speaking/Oral communication (in English) 3 semester hours
Advanced Sciences (either cellular or molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry or genetics) 6 semester hours
Humanities/Social/Behavioral Sciences
and Other Electives:
- Humanities 3 semester hours
- Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 semester hours
- Electives in either discipline 9* semester hours
TOTAL 64 semester hours
*ethics, micro or macroeconomics, and general/life science statistics are highly recommended and may substitute for up to 9 humanities and social/behavioral science elective credits.
  1. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Applicants are required to submit official scores from the PCAT or GRE:
    • PCAT scores must be no more than three years old at the time of application.
      • Applicants should take the PCAT no later than January prior to the expected date of matriculation. You may register online at www.pcatweb.info or call 800-622-3231 if you have any questions.
    • GRE Scores must be no more than three years old at the time of application.
      • Applicants should take the GRE no later than April prior to the expected date of matriculation. You may register online at http://www.gre.org
        or call 1-609-921-9000 if you have any questions.
  3. Two letters of reference
    • Letters may come from a pre-professional committee or, if such a committee does not exist, letters of reference from one science professor and one liberal arts professor are necessary.

Foreign Pharmacy Graduates

Foreign Pharmacy graduates may be eligible for admission with the following.

1. a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from an accredited institution

2. completion of the coursework below with a grade 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Course Cr Hours
Anatomy and Physiology 6
Biochemistry 4
Microbiology 3
Pharmacology 6
Pharmaceutics 6
Pharmacokinetics 4
Total 29

Foreign pharmacy graduates must also complete numbers 3, 4, and 5 on this page.

Application Process

Candidates for admission must submit the following by June 15: 

  1. a completed electronic application with a non-refundable application fee of $50 (U.S.)
  2. official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (See further below for information regarding foreign coursework)
  3. official PCAT or GRE scores, not more than three years old at the time of interview
  4. Two letters of reference

Proof of English proficiency, if applicable, is required of applicants.

The following standardized tests currently satisfy NSU College of Pharmacy English Requirements for nonnative English Speakers:

  1. Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)*

    • 213 or above on a computer-based test; 80 or above on the Internet-based test
    • toefl.org
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)*

    • 6.0 or above on the test module
    • ielts.org

* TOEFL and IELTS scores may be no more than two years old at the time of interview.

Candidates who have taken college courses in the United States may also prove English proficiency by completing with a grade of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale two college level English composition courses at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

All admissions materials and foreign evaluations must be mailed to:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
3301 College Avenue
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Interview Process

A personal interview is part of the admissions process; however, being interviewed is not a guarantee of admission. Upon receipt of the completed application, a review will be made to determine if the applicant will be granted an interview. Not all applicants will be granted an interview. The Office of Admissions will notify selected applicants for interviews.

Foreign Coursework

  1. Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization, such as one of the services listed below.

    World Education Services, Inc.
    Bowling Green Station
    P.O. Box 5087
    New York, New York 10274-5087
    (212) 966-6311
    www.wes.org

    Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    7101 SW 102nd Avenue
    Miami, Florida 33173
    (305) 273-1616 • (305) 273-1338 fax
    www.jsilny.com

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
    (414) 289-3400
    www.ece.org

  2. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service to NSU’s Enrollment Processing Services.
     

To become part of our diverse, energetic, transformative, student body, contact:

Jennifer Gundersen, Admissions Counselor
Health Professions Division
Enrollment & Student Services
Nova Southeastern University
Phone: 954-262-1112
Fax: 954-262-2282

Email: nsupharmacyinfo@nova.edu

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