General Information – Starting

Two men in class photoThe Pharm.D. program requirements include at least two year of undergraduate pre-pharmacy prerequisites and core/flag course requirements. The UT Austin College of Pharmacy participates in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). There are two applications and two fees you will need to submit for Pharm.D. admissions.

Academic Requirements

When considering coursework for admission into the Pharm.D. program, please note that it is a four component process.

1. Required Prerequisite Courses

  • A degree is not necessary for admission to the College of Pharmacy.
  • Students tend to perform better when they are taking courses that satisfy degree requirements, therefore, students are encouraged to choose a program of study leading to a baccalaureate degree (i.e., chemistry or biology).
    • Strive for a grade of “B” or better.
    • A grade of at least “C-” must be earned in the required courses for admission.
  • Students must complete ALL prerequisite courses prior to matriculating into the Pharm.D. program, but not before applying.
  • Prerequisite Curriculum (Suggested Sequence)

2. Core Requirements

  • These are the general education university requirements that must be completed to receive the Pharm.D. degree.
  • These courses do not have to be complete prior to applying or matriculating into the Pharm.D. program. However, due to the rigorous nature of the Pharm.D. curriculum, students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to have them complete prior to matriculation.
  • Students with a previous bachelor’s degree will have core requirements waived.

3. Flag Requirements

  • The flag requirement is unique to The University of Texas at Austin.
  • All flag requirements except for the Global Cultures flag will be met as part of the Pharm.D. curriculum.
  • The flag requirements MUST be fulfilled to receive the Pharm.D. degree.
  • Students with a previous bachelor’s degree will have flag requirements waived.

4. Foreign Language Requirement

  • The university foreign language requirement MUST be fulfilled prior to matriculation into the Pharm.D. program.
  • Students with a previous bachelor’s degree will have the foreign language requirement waived.

Additional Requirements

PharmCAS application

  • The PharmCAS application must be completed prior to the deadline.
  • Please note that PharmCAS takes from 4 to 6 weeks after completion to release the application to the college. Please submit the application as soon as possible after it opens.
  • A fee is required.
  • The PharmCAS application typically opens in mid-July.
  • The Early Decision deadline is typically early September. The Regular Decision deadline is typically early November. (See our Applying page for specific dates.)

UT Supplemental Application

  • The UT supplemental application may be filled out at the same time as the PharmCAS application.
  • A PharmCAS identification number is required.
  • The PharmCAS application does NOT need to be complete prior to submitting the UT supplemental application.
  • The UT supplemental application fee is non-refundable.

PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)

  • The PCAT is required.
  • Scores cannot be older than 3 years to be considered.
  • The PCAT should be taken no later than any of the July exam dates prior to the year you are seeking admissions during the EARLY decision process. (Application deadline in September.)
  • For the 2020 Application Cycle: The PCAT should be taken no later than any of the November exam dates prior to the year you are seeking admissions during the REGULAR decision process. (Application deadline in January 6, 2020.)
  • Exam scores must be OFFICIAL and RECEIVED by PharmCAS on or before the application deadline for the application to be considered complete.
  • Frequently asked questions about PCAT

Letters of Reference/Recommendation

  • Three letters are required.
  • Letters must be submitted to PharmCAS.
  • Letters should be from individuals who know you professionally and/or academically.
  • Letters from family or friends are NOT acceptable.
  • Letters should address the applicant’s performance in a pharmacy practice setting and/or in an academically demanding and rigorous Pharm.D. program.
  • Letters should contain specific examples about the applicant.

Additional Requirements for Enrolling

  • The following requirements are necessary for matriculation. While proof is not needed upon application, the applicant should begin compiling immunization records and locating their social security card. In addition, the applicant should be aware of other requirements for matriculation.
  • Applicants will need to provide proof of the following upon acceptance into the Pharm.D. program:
    • Immunizations: (Note: start compiling shot records while applying so they are ready for submission upon acceptance)
      • Hepatitis B: Positive titer and proof of 3-shot series (Note: series takes 6 months to complete if must get all 3 shots)
      • TB Test: Within 30 days of the first day of class in the fall prior to beginning the Pharm.D. program
      • Varicella: Either record of two shots OR a positive antibody titer
    • Social security card (required for applying with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy during first professional year)
  • Failure to provide proof by the stated deadlines will result in the applicant being unable to matriculate into the Pharm.D. program.
  • Applicants should also get the influenza vaccination in the fall in which they apply to the program as well.
  • Additional requirements for matriculation that will need to be taken care of the summer before matriculation:
    • Health insurance
    • Criminal background check
    • Drug screen
  • Specific information regarding these additional requirements will be provided upon acceptance.

Application and Admission Procedures

  • The Assistant Dean for Admissions and Advising is responsible for the processing of the application.
  • All actions involving admission to the college are at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
  • Questions concerning either the admission or interview process should be emailed to the Pharm.D. Admissions mailbox.


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