School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Admissions Cycle and Application Process

Admissions cycle

Program: Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree (accreditation disclosure)

Start term: fall 2017

Application opens: July 2016 (apply via PharmCAS)

Application deadline: March 1, 2017

We operate on a rolling admissions process, which allows us to interview students on a monthly basis, filling our class continually as we go. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible since there is no guarantee that seats will be open toward the end of the admissions cycle.

Application process

For all steps in the application process, it is your responsibility to follow all instructions and meet all deadlines. Failure to do so could result in your application being canceled. 

International applicants

Note: Binghamton University does not currently issue forms I-20 or DS-2019 (necessary to apply for F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant status) for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. We are working to become registered in the SEVIS system governed by the United States Department of Homeland Security. We anticipate full registration prior to fall 2017. Noncitizens currently in the U.S. in visa classifications that allow for full-time study “incidental to status” are encouraged to apply. 

International students apply online using the same method as other students (see steps 1-4 below), but must supply additional information.

  1. Submit the WES iCAP to PharmCAS.
  2. Send your TOEFL or IELTS score report to PharmCAS (code 8246). See English proficiency for minimum score requirements and exceptions.

If admitted to the program, students will be asked to provide a copy of their passport, a financial form, a bank statement and current U.S. immigration documents (such as current I-20 or visa).


  1. Review eligibility requirements

    To have your application accepted for review, you must meet certain minimum eligibility requirements. Applicants who do not meet these requirements, or who are unable to provide necessary verification that they meet these requirements, will not be considered for admission.

  2. Apply online at PharmCAS

    The next step in the application process is to complete and submit an online application to PharmCAS

    The PharmCAS application includes the following:

    • PharmCAS application fee
    • Biographical data
    • Postsecondary institutions attended
    • Academic course history
    • Work experience
    • Extracurricular activities
    • A personal statement
    • Official transcripts from all accredited U.S. institutions attended
    • PCAT score
    • Two letters of recommendation

    We recommend that you thoroughly review the PharmCAS preparing to apply information and have unofficial copies of all postsecondary transcripts available before you begin this process. 

    A note about contact information

    Since our ability to communicate with you is critical, be sure to notify the SOPPS of any changes to your contact information and take steps to ensure that problems with e-mail will not arise.

  3. Check the status of your application

    PharmCAS processing may take up to a month once all required materials are received. Log in to your PharmCAS application and check the status menu option. Neither PharmCAS nor Binghamton University SOPPS will process or consider incomplete applications. Review the Supplemental Status Tool to verify that all materials have been received by PharmCAS.

    After you complete steps 1 and 2 and your application is reviewed by our admissions committee, selected applicants will be contacted by e-mail for an invitation to interview.

  4. Interview at the school (by invitation only)

    After reviewing all eligible applications, we will select those applicants we wish to interview. The purpose of the interview is to assess your communication skills, problem-solving skills and ability to think critically. 

    Invitations for interviews will be mailed between September 2016 and April 2017. Applicants not selected to interview during this interview timeframe will no longer be considered for admission.

    The interview is a required part of the application process. If you decline our invitation, your application will be canceled and you will not be considered for admission. 

    Interviews will be held at the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and conducted by members of the school’s admissions committee (composed of staff, faculty and community practitioners). 

    What to expect on interview day

    Interview day is an extremely important part of the PharmD admissions process. The day consists of three main components: an individual interview, a group exercise and a writing exercise.

    Throughout the interview process, you will be evaluated in a variety of areas including motivation, verbal and written communication skills, personal attributes, critical thinking and decision-making abilities, knowledge of the profession of pharmacy and issues affecting healthcare. 

    Highly considered qualities are integrity, maturity, responsibility, humanitarianism, compassion, leadership and the ability to overcome personal or social adversity. The purpose of the interview is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate these attributes through your answers to our probing questions and interactions during the day.

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Last Updated: 12/6/16