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A History of Innovation

Pride in the Past, Passion for the Future at MCPHS

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS University) is the oldest institution of higher education in the entire city of Boston and the second-oldest university of pharmacy in the United States. Since the University's founding in 1823, MCPHS has been on the cutting edge of innovation in healthcare education.

MCPHS has graduated countless leaders in the healthcare industry and is committed to shaping healthcare one generation at a time. We see our students as the future of an industry we are wholly committed to, and our mission is to arm them with the knowledge and skills that will lead to success for them, and better science for all.

To learn more about our rich history, please see the timeline below.


  • Fourteen Boston pharmacists adopt the Constitution of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.


  • MCP is formally incorporated and receives a charter from the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


  • The George Robert White Building is dedicated and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy moves into its current Boston location at 179 Longwood Avenue.


  • The College celebrates its 100th birthday and the course curriculum is expanded from two to three years.


  • The College is elected to membership in and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


  • The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences launches its third campus in Manchester, NH at 1260 Elm Street.

  • The College acquires the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists in Boston.


  • The second major Worcester campus expansion was completed at 25 Foster Street, the Living and Learning Center.


  • MCPHS opens a brand new academic facility in Boston dedicated as the Richard E. Griffin Academic Center at 670 Huntington Avenue.


  • The College launches its fourth campus, MCPHS Online, offering world-class healthcare education virtually.


  • The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences changes its name to MCPHS University to reflect its growth into a multi-disciplinary university, while preserving the well-known MCPHS acronym.