Application Process

Admissions Office Correspondence with Candidates

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Submit the Application for Admission and Application Fee

Applicants to this program must submit an application through the Pharmacy Graduate Application Service (PharmGRAD).  As part of the PharmGRAD application process, applicants will also complete/submit the following items:

  • Program Questions (available in the "Program Materials" section of the PharmGRAD application.
  • Official Transcripts.  Applicants with degrees from non-U.S. institutions will submit an official transcript evaluation from World Education Services, Inc. (WES), reflecting required degree attainment. 
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor who can attest to your academic ability.
  • One letter of recommendation from someone with whom you interact in a professional setting (e.g., from a work or volunteer setting).
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (submitted in the "Documents" section of the PharmGrad Application.

Letters of recommendation are used for admissions purposes only and do not become part of the official academic record.  If required, additional documents may be submitted by emailing those documents to admit@tu.edu.  

**This program operates on a rolling admissions cycle.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials sooner rather than later for the best chance of admission.** 

Application Review

The Admissions and Standards Committee conducts ongoing reviews of complete applicant files throughout the admissions cycle.  Among other qualities, Committee members consider the following traits when determining interview eligibility:

  • Academic Competence
  • Personal/Professional Achievements
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Verbal Communication Skills
  • Exposure to/Experience in the Sciences

Submission of application materials does not guarantee an interview and not all candidates will be interviewed. 

Interview

Eligible candidates will be invited to attend a video conference interview through Skype, Zoom, or a similar service, with members of the Admissions and Standards Committee.  Interviews are scheduled for various times Monday through Friday.  

Decisions

Post-interview decisions will be conveyed via U.S. mail and/or email within 30 days of the interview date.  Accepted candidates are required to submit a non-refundable acceptance deposit which is typically due within one week of the date on the letter of acceptance.  Upon matriculation, this deposit is credited toward the first semester's tuition.  

Multiple Deposit Policy 

Applicants to Touro University California (TUC) may also choose to apply to and submit seat deposits for other programs located within TUC or the greater Touro College and University System (TCUS).  TUC applicants who have deposits at one or more TUC or other TCUS programs will be given until April 15th (for Summer starts) or June 1st (for Fall starts) to decide which program they wish to attend and will be required to withdraw from all other TUC/TCUS program to which they have deposited.  TUC applicants who are accepted and who submit seat deposits after April 15th (for Summer starts) or June 1st (for Fall starts) will be required to immediately withdraw from any other TUC/TCUS program to which they have deposited. 

Background Checks

Incoming and current students may be required to submit to a background check either prior to or during their enrollment at Touro University California. Facts uncovered as a result of a background check which could preclude licensesure and/or practice in the profession may impact their ability to begin or continue their education at the University. Details are provided with the letter of acceptance.

Guaranteed Interview for PharmD Program

Many prospective PharmD students, who are interested in pursing a clinical/research/academic career, seek to gain firm research experience before entering a PharmD program.  For this reason, students who enroll into the MSMHS-COP program and who subsequently apply for entrance into the TUC Doctor of Pharmacy program during the following admissions cycle are guaranteed an interview provided they satisfy the following requirements:

    1. Candidates must follow the normal application process for the Doctor of Pharmacy program, which includes satisfaction of pre-requisite requirements and submission of a new PharmCAS application for the current cycle. Doctor of Pharmacy application information may be found by visiting the Doctor of Pharmacy Admissions Website.

    2. Candidates must maintain a MSMHS-COP program GPA of 3.0 or better.  The Doctor of Pharmacy offer of acceptance may be revoked if the MSMHS-PS GPA falls below a 3.0 after acceptance.  

Timing of the actual interview will be dependent upon individual circumstances and academic preparation. Some candidates may benefit from an earlier interview, while others may be encouraged to interview later in the process. Students are encouraged to work closely with the Office of Admissions while considering when they should interview. To avoid unexpected delays, all MSMHS-COP students who plan to apply to the College of Pharmacy are encouraged to apply early in the process. In addition, students are encouraged to research and apply to several different pharmacy schools for the best possible chances at gaining acceptance.

Given its intense research focus, the MSMHS-COP program should not be considered a preparatory program for entrance into TUC PharmD program.