International Applicants

A World-Class Education is Closer Than You Think
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Ready to Take the Next Step

MCPHS is fully committed to coaching international students looking for rewarding healthcare careers within a close-knit, welcoming community. Our mentors and staff have experience working with international students and understand their needs. MCPHS brings them into the world of American healthcare through a supportive, tried and true method. International students now make up 15 percent of the student body, creating a dynamic, enriching, and diverse community of nearly 1,000 people.
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Apply to MCPHS

International First-Year Application (Common)

Use this application – or the internal application – if you are in your final year of secondary school or have recently graduated but not yet completed any university courses.

International First-Year Application (Internal)

Use this application – or the common application – if you are in your final year of secondary school or have recently graduated but not yet completed any university courses.

International Transfer Application

Use this application if you are a transfer applying to one of our undergraduate programs

Find Your Admission Counselor

Our admission counselors are here to answer your questions and to guide you through your decision-making process. Your counselor will work with you to make sure MCPHS and the program you choose are a great fit for you.
Female Admission Counselor.
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Center for International Studies

MCPHS students and faculty engage in international collaborations and research partnerships with global healthcare providers, educational institutions, and multinational companies.

Additional Information

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All first-year applicants must submit the following credentials along with their completed application:

  • Official high school transcript.
  • Official score report from one of the following: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, EPE (English Proficiency Exam, the MCPHS on-campus test).
  • One letter of recommendation.

Please plan sufficient time for language test preparation, score delivery, and transcript evaluation.

These items may be submitted via email to or by mail to:

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Admission Office
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended should be submitted by your guidance counselor or a school official. Reach out to your high school and have them email or mail us your official transcripts. We cannot accept transcripts sent in by the applicant.

If mailing the transcript, it should be sent in a sealed envelope to:

Admission Office
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

You may also email your transcript to

Letters of Recommendation

Either students or recommenders may submit letters of recommendation by email or mail. All letters must include the recommender's name, email address, and phone number.

MCPHS offers international students multiple types of admission to the University.

Direct admission: Available to students who are currently in their final year of high school and meet the language proficiency requirement.

Conditional admission: Available to students who have not yet taken one of the required exams for language proficiency or who need additional language instruction before beginning their studies at the university level. If you are conditionally admitted, you can gain full admission by showing language proficiency through an acceptable score report or achieving certain levels at one of our English schools in Boston and around the United States.

Bridge admission: Available to students who need some additional language instruction. This program is a unique pathway that allows you to begin your academic program while taking intensive English classes that complement and contribute to success in your degree program. Find more information about our unique bridge program.

An official score report from one of the following exams is required.

  • First-year applicants: SAT, ACT, OSSLT, IELTS, TOEFL, iTEP, PTE, EPE.
  • A test score is required for your application regardless of your country of citizenship, language of instruction in primary and secondary school, or official language of your country.
  • Accepted tests for transfer applicants who did not attend all of high school in a country where English is the official language: IELTS, TOEFL, iTEP, PTE, EPE.

How to submit official score reports

SAT: Request college board to send a copy to MCPHS (School Code: 3512).

ACT: Request ACT to send a copy to MCPHS (School Code: 1806).

OSSLT: Request a final score report from your guidance counselor to be emailed to

IELTS: Scan a copy of the score report and email to

TOEFL: Request ETS to send a copy to MCPHS (School Code: 3512).

iTEP: Request iTEP to send a copy to MCPHS.

PTE: Request PTE to send a copy to MCPHS.

If you do not achieve the minimum required score, email for more information about completing a certificate through ESL classes that can be accepted in place of an English proficiency score.

Test Name

Bridge Admission

Undergraduate Admission

MCPHS on-campus EPE















SAT (ERW Section)



ACT (English Section)



PTE Academic






OSSLT (required for Ontario high school students only)



Proof of successful completion


Four years of high school in the U.S.,
a U.S. accredited high school abroad, IB curriculum, or A2 levels curriculum

Candidates for whom English is not the primary spoken language are required to take the TOEFL, PTE, IELTS, or the MCPHS EPE, which is administered on our Boston campus. The language proficiency test requirement may be waived on an individual basis for applicants who have attended all four years of high school in the United States (exclusive of ESL courses) and have scored 480 or higher on the evidenced-based reading and writing section of the SAT, or who have an earned degree (bachelor’s or higher) from a U.S. college or university (exclusive of ESL courses).

This is an MCPHS on-campus English Proficiency Exam. However, at this time, all dates for this exam are currently suspended for registration. Please check back for updates on when the exam will be offered again.

The CAPPS programs and all MS and PhD programs in Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry require a higher English proficiency level (90 TOEFL or equivalent).

A completion certificate for cited levels, provided to MCPHS by the ESL school, can be submitted in place of a language proficiency test score. MCPHS has agreements with area ESL schools. Please contact us for more information.

Step 1: Take the required exams

First-year applicants must submit proof of language proficiency through one of the following exams: TOEFL, IELTS, iTEP, SAT, or ACT.

Step 2: Submit your application

The Admission Office accepts applications from international students on a rolling basis with priority filing dates of November 1 (Early Action I), December 1 (Early Action II), and February 1 (Regular Decision). A decision about a particular student will not be made until their file is complete. So be sure to submit your application and all other required materials. We will email you once your application has been processed to notify you of any missing materials.

Step 3: Wait for your decision

MCPHS will provide an application status update within three weeks of receiving all of your required materials. If accepted, you will be notified via email.

Step 4: Confirm/accept the offer of admission

If you are offered admission to the university and plan to attend you must confirm your enrollment through our online deposit gateway system by May 1. If accepted after May 1, you must confirm your enrollment within two weeks. A link to the deposit gateway will be provided with your acceptance package.

Step 5: Apply for an I-20

You will be contacted by email regarding the 1-20 application, visa process, and required documents needed.

Step 6: Prepare for your arrival

After you receive your I-20 form for your student visa application, make a visa interview appointment with the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country. After you obtain the visa, you should begin to make housing, travel, and health insurance arrangements.

Step 7: Attend orientation

Once you arrive in the United States, you will attend orientation and International Student Advising Day where you will learn more about the university, your class schedule, and more.