Frequently Asked Questions
Can the GRE be waived?
Official GRE scores are required of all applicants. In rare cases, the exam may be waived for an applicant who demonstrates outstanding academic capability and all other criteria exceed the minimum. The student must submit an official request to the Office of Graduate Admissions for waiver consideration and provide justification for the request.
Can the TOEFL be waived?
Waivers may be considered on a case by case basis if there is sufficient evidence to support English language proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing. An interview to assess proficiency may also be required. The student must submit an official request to the Office of Graduate Admissions for waiver consideration and provide justification for the request.
Does ACPHS accept the IELTS in place of the TOEFL?
We do not accept the IELTS at this time.
I had a poor freshman year and my overall GPA is below a 3.0. May I still apply and be considered for admission?
You may still apply and be considered but be aware that the admissions committee will look carefully at the transcript for an upward trajectory in your academic career as well as strong grades in upper level math, science and lab courses. All other criteria should exceed the minimum standards.
I had a personal/health/family situation that occurred during my undergraduate studies and impacted my grades. Should I let the admissions committee know?
Yes, if you feel comfortable doing so. We recognize that life events beyond your control can happen, and it may be helpful to address particular situations that had a direct impact on any part of your academic performance. This information allows the admissions committee to view the application in the proper context. The appropriate place to address such information is in the personal essay.
My relative is a doctor. May I use her/him as a reference?
It is not recommended to use family members as references, even if they are in the health care field. Faculty and relevant professional employers are the strongly preferred choices as they can provide more objective statements regarding your preparation and likelihood of success in a graduate program.
Is it possible to apply for spring admission?
We are not accepting applications for admission to spring semester at this time.
I will be pursuing my studies on an F-1 visa. If I am admitted, how soon will I receive my I-20?
If you are admitted, the I-20 will be sent after we receive your confirmation of enrollment, enrollment deposit and official documentation showing proof of funds for the cost of graduate study. You may then make your visa appointment with the consulate or embassy.
If you have additional questions about the graduate programs at ACPHS, please contact:
Director of Pharmacy and Graduate Admissions
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 694-7149 or (888) 203-8010