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Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Admissions
Office of the Dean
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Pepperdine University Pathway

Pepperdine University - Guaranteed PharmD Admissions Pathway

The School has collaborated with Pepperdine University to offer a pathway program to qualified students. The goal of the pathway program is to maintain the quality of applicant yield while providing students with the opportunity to receive priority admission into the accelerated 3-year doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program.

As a part of our established pathway agreement, the School will reserve five admission seats in the PharmD program for qualified applicants. Qualified applicants receive early, guaranteed admission, if all requirements are met.

The advantages of entering as a pathway student:

  • Apply early and receive priority consideration
  • Less competition with transfer applicants
  • Establish early relationship with the School
  • Have a clear path to complete PharmD pre-requisite requirements
  • Designated advising from your institution based on the Pathway Agreement

Pathway program application materials can be submitted at any time. Application must be submitted at least one year prior to early decision deadline (Tuesday after Labor Day).

Requirements for the Pathway

To be considered for the pathway program, you must apply to the Guaranteed Admissions Pathway while attending Pepperdine by filling out the Admissions Pathway Application.
Attain a minimum overall cumulative grade point and calculated overall math/science grade point average of 3.0.
Successfully complete all Doctor of Pharmacy pre-requisite course work, which must be taken at the degree granting affiliate institution.  For a list of course equivalencies, please visit our Articulation Agreements page.
Granted a Baccalaureate degree (good-faith admission may be granted to students who are within one semester of degree completion but the degree must be confirmed prior to full admission being granted).
Complete a PharmCAS early admission application.
Submission of two letters of recommendation (one academic and one from a practicing pharmacist).

Satisfactory rating on a personal interview and a writing sample.

Qualifying for an interview and required writing sample may not result in guaranteed admission. During the interview, students must be able to express an appropriate rationale for their pursuit of the pharmacy profession and demonstrate interpersonal verbal and written communication skills necessary for the study and practice of pharmacy.

Satisfactory Criminal Background Check (CBC) clearance.
Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the U.S., or in the process of obtaining permanent U.S. residency.
Currently have or are in the process of obtaining a social security registration.
Able to meet the Doctor of Pharmacy Technical Standards.

Conditions of Acceptance

If successfully admitted to a Pathway Program, a student must meet all conditions of acceptance to be eligible to matriculate into the PharmD program.