Manchester University Pharmacy Program Bulletin 2019-2020




The Pharmacy Program will accept completed applications between July and March of each year. The complete application is housed through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). The PharmCAS application and Manchester University Pharmacy Program school information page may be found at the following website:

Admissions Process
Admission to the Manchester University Pharmacy Program is limited and competitive. Approximately 73 new students are admitted each year. For this reason, achieving the minimum prerequisite subject and grade criteria does not guarantee admission. Students should begin the application process one year before their anticipated enrollment in the Manchester University Pharmacy Program.

The Pharmacy Program annual admission cycle is as follows:

  • July – PharmCAS opens and interested candidates may access the online application
  • October to March – Interview days held
  • March – Pharmacy Program application (PharmCAS) deadline
  • May – Final Admissions decisions made, waitlist established
  • August – Orientation and Pharmacy Program classes begin

The Pharmacy Program uses a rolling admissions process. Application evaluations begin after the PharmCAS application is submitted. Completed admission files are forwarded to the Admissions committee and faculty for review. Qualified candidates are invited for an on-campus interview. Interview days will be held to continue the evaluation of candidates. Within two weeks of the completed interview, each candidate receives an admission status (accept, committee hold, or denial).

Manchester University Students and the Pharmacy Program Admissions Process
Students who complete the pre-pharmacy program at Manchester University with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 will be guaranteed an interview for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Students with strong records who meet the minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA requirements of 2.5 will still be considered for admission; however, these students are not guaranteed an interview. 

An Early Assurance program exists for incoming first year students at Manchester with a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.8.  Early Assurance leads to a reserved seat in the Pharmacy Program class for students who maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA at Manchester and who meet other admission requirements.

International Students and the Pharmacy Program Admissions Process
The Manchester University Pharmacy Program does consider international students who have completed all prerequisite coursework at an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution.  These applicants must meet all other minimum admissions requirements, as well as successful passing of the TOEFL or IELTS exam for students whose primary language of instruction is not English.  

Non-Discrimination in the Pharmacy Program Admissions Process
The Manchester University Pharmacy Program is committed to non-discrimination in the admissions process. The University does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, ancestry, race, color, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, religion, disability, or veteran status in admissions including its admission decisions, scholarships, or loan awards.

Early Decision
The program offers “Early Decision” (ED) status through PharmCAS. The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular pharmacy degree program is their first choice and they will enroll if accepted. Early Decision applicants can apply to only one pharmacy degree program, and the application deadline is in early to mid-September. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, applicants must complete the supplemental application by the Early Decision deadline to be considered. If offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, an applicant is obligated to accept the offer and will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS degree programs. If, however, an applicant is denied admission as an Early Decision applicant, he or she may apply to other PharmCAS degree programs for an additional fee. PharmCAS degree programs will make admission decisions on early decision applicants by mid to late October each cycle.