A world-class education is closer than you think

is the premier choice for students who want to pursue an education and make an impact in the field of healthcare. Here, you’ll live and learn in a community of like-minded future professionals—MCPHS has a vibrant international student community of more than 850 international students from 56 countries around the world. We’re confident that as an international MCPHS student, you’ll find a welcoming, dynamic environment in which to make your health science career goals a reality.

 

Ready to take the next step? 

International Freshman ApplicationInternational Transfer and Graduate Application
PharmCASPTCASOTCASCASPA

Have questions? Contact us at international.admission@mcphs.edu or +1.617.735.1038. 

International Freshman Application: Use this application if you are in your final year of secondary school or have recently graduated but not yet completed any university courses.

International Transfer and Graduate ApplicationUse this application if you are a transfer applying to one of our undergraduate programs or applying to our graduate programs in Acupuncture, Clinical Research, Dental Hygiene, Healthcare Administration and Management, Health Sciences, Medication and Patient Safety, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Public Health, or Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy.

PharmCAS: Use this application if you are applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Worcester, Manchester FNP: Use this application if you are applying to our Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner program on our Worcester or Manchester campus.

OTCAS: Use this application if you are applying to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.

PTCAS: Use this application if you are applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

CASPA: Use this application if you are applying to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.

Freshman Applicants: If you are in your final year of secondary school or have recently graduated but not yet completed any university courses, use the MCPHS Freshman International Application

Transfer Applicants: If you have completed 12 or more college or university credits or have already earned a bachelor's degree and are looking to earn a second bachelor's, please visit the Transfer Applicants section to learn more about the application process. 

Graduate Applicants: If you are interested in one of our masters or doctoral programs, please visit the Graduate Applicants section to learn more about the graduate admission process. 

All freshman 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 at international.admission@mcphs.edu or by mail to:

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

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 here.

Most international students require an F1 student visa to enter and study in the United States. To apply for the visa you must visit the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest you with the I-20 issued by MCPHS. MCPHS issues an I-20 to eligible students who have submitted the following required documents:

  • I-20 Application
  • Photocopy of passport identification pages
  • Proof of funds: Bank/asset statement, proof of income, affidavit of support

If you are currently studying in the United States under an F-1 visa at another school (high school, college, or university), you will also need to submit the following documents:

  • Transfer of Schools Form
  • Copy of your current I-20
  • Copy of your current I-94 form
  • Copy of your current F-1 visa

Students who are accepted and have paid their enrollment deposit will be sent more information via email on how to apply for an I-20. It is important to submit your paperwork as soon as possible to allow for visa processing turnaround time. For questions regarding the I-20 process and visa eligibility please email international.admission@mcphs.edu.

Test Name

Bridge Admission

Undergraduate Admission

Graduate Admission
(non-lab-based programs)

Graduate Admission
(lab-based programs)

MCPHS on-campus EPE

51

57

57

62

TOEFL iBT

69

79

79

90

TOEFL ITP

498

550

587

610

IELTS

5.5

6.5

6.5

7.0

iTEP

3.7

4.0

4.0

4.5

SAT (ERW Section)

480

ACT (English Section)

21

PTE Academic

50

58

58

73

OSSLT (Required for Ontario high school students only)

300

  • Any applicant with four or more years of successful academic study from an accredited program taught in English may be exempt from submitting a language proficiency test.
  • 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).
  • Register here for the MCPHS on-campus English Proficiency Exam. Please note: You may only sit for this exam twice every three months.
  • 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 Required Exams

Freshman applicants must submit proof of language proficiency through one of the following exams: TOEFL, IELTS, iTEP, MCPHS On-campus Test, 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 his or her file is complete. So be sure to submit your application and all other required materials. We will communicate with you through email 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 I-20 application and visa process  and the required documents needed. MCPHS does not collect these documents prior to making an admission decision.

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 U.S. you will attend Orientation and International Student Advising Day where you will learn more about the university, your class schedule, and more.

*Still accepting applications for Fall 2017.

As a global center for medicine, Boston attracts health sciences and medical students and professionals from around the world. That's why the Center for International Studies offers support services for international students through Immigration Services.

The Admission Office will be your resource for information on the student visa application process prior to your arrival in the U.S. Upon arrival to campus, you will meet the Immigration Services team who are responsible for: Providing immigration advice and assistance to international students to keep them up-to-date on the rules and regulations to maintain legal status in the United States on an F1 visa.

The office will also help you with creating I-20 forms and providing information regarding visa guidelines, travel signatures, employment opportunities, and social security card eligibility.

For any immigration questions while preparing to join MCPHS, please contact:

Julie Donlon
Director of Immigration Services
617.879.5905
julie.donlon@mcphs.edu

MCPHS works with representatives in many countries who assist us with providing information about the University and with guiding prospective international students through our application process. To verify that an individual or organization is an authorized representative of MCPHS University, you may contact us at international.admission@mcphs.edu or +1.617.732.2188.

MCPHS University does not encourage or discourage the use of education consultants, study abroad agencies, or similar services.

MCPHS University’s applications for admission are free and online.

Payment of tuition should always be made directly to MCPHS, and should never be made through a representative or any other go-between. We have a secure payment system on our website, and will give you the link to this payment platform only after you have been accepted for admission and have been given an official MCPHS student identification number. Should you have any doubts, please contact us directly.