Pharm.D. Program FAQs

  • How many years does it take to complete the professional Pharm.D. program?
    • Approximately two years of pre-pharmacy coursework is required prior to admission to the Pharm.D. program.  Once admitted, it takes four years to successfully complete the Pharm.D. program.

  • What degree do you earn?
    • You will earn the Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) degree.
    • This degree is NOT a baccalaureate, masters, or Ph.D. degree.
    • It IS a clinical professional degree that prepares students for pharmacy practice.

  • What is the cost (tuition/fees) for attending the Pharm.D. program?
    • The average tuition for Pharm.D. students is $8,100/semester (in-state) & $21,000semester (out-of-state/international).
    • Our rates are based on a flat rate tuition plan.
    • You can find the Pharm.D. tuition cost per semester here (click on “Professional (excluding Law) Tuition” and look under “PharmD”).

  • Are there financial assistance/financial aid options and opportunities?
    • Yes.  Both The University of Texas at Austin and the College of Pharmacy are serious about providing scholarships and other financial aid resources to students.
    • Approximately 90% of our students receive some form of financial assistance from Student Financial Services (Financial Aid Office).
    • Look for financial aid opportunities here.

  • What is the difference between a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy (Ph.D)? Is there an opportunity for a joint dual degree in these areas?
    • The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree plan will guide you towards becoming a clinical pharmacist.
    • The Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy (Ph.D.) directs students towards research.
    • You may earn both degrees through our PharmD/Ph.D. dual degree program.

  • What if I have questions regarding graduate (research) programs in the College of Pharmacy?
    • Learn more about admissions and opportunities for graduate studies at UT Austin College of Pharmacy at Graduate Programs.

  • Do you accept transfer students from other Pharm.D. programs?
    • No. You would need to apply as a first year student just like all other applicants looking to enter the Pharm.D. program.
    • If admitted, then the opportunity for advanced standing would be explored.