Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

179 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115-5896

School Details

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a four-year private school located in Boston, Massachusetts. The College was founded by 14 pharmacists in 1823, which makes it the oldest institution of higher education in the entire city of Boston and the second-oldest college of pharmacy in the United States. MCPHS has four campuses: Boston, Massachusetts; Worcester, Massachusetts; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Online. The nine-acre urban main campus is located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area of Boston and is very close to prestigious medical and research institutions, giving students academic and clinical opportunities. The online campus provides online courses that students can take from home and have a course experience that is similar to on-campus instruction. Online courses utilized discussion boards, voice/video enabled sessions, and email access.

MCPHS is one of the few private, freestanding colleges in the United States specializing in the education of health professionals. The school has 49 programs and offers certificates of completion, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. Programs combine hands-on clinical practice focused on professional education with in-depth knowledge and understanding. Academic divisions include a School of Pharmacy, School of Health Sciences and School of Arts and Sciences.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has 6,010 students (1,890 undergraduates) and 212 faculty members, giving the university an 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 209 teach full-time and three teach part-time. About 92% of undergraduate students study full-time and 8% study part-time. Most graduate students (93%) study full-time and 7% study part-time.

The student body contains 75% female students and 25% male students. About 49% of all students are white with the remaining students Asian (23%), race/ethnicity unknown (16%), black (7%), Hispanic (4%), and two or more races (1%). About 82% of students are ages 24 and under with 18% of students being ages 25 and above. About 66% of students are from Massachusetts, 32% are from out-of-state, and 1% are from a foreign country. The student body represents 48 states and 35 countries. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 82% and overall graduation rate is 69%. The overall graduation rate by gender is 62% for males and 71% for females.

Student life includes over 85 student clubs and organizations as well as club and intramural sports. Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for graduates of this college, and on-campus daycare. Traveling opportunities are available over spring break and summer vacation in the following options: travel courses, international service learning trips, and study abroad.

On-campus living is estimated to cost $13,580 per year with $2,718 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $13,580 per year with $2,304 in additional living expenses.

Tuition costs $27,440 per year for in-state students and books and other supplies are estimated to cost $922 per year. The average tuition for graduate students costs $31,350 per year with $840 in fees. Tuition payment plans are offered.

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 90% of those attending Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences receive financial aid.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences receives almost 5,000 applications per year and accepts about 90% of those students. Statistically, 86% of men and 92% of women who apply will be accepted. Students must submit the following to have a complete application: filled out application, payment of application fee ($70), admission test scores, recommendations, official transcripts, and TOEFL test scores (if applicable).

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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