Admission Requirements

Two men in class photoThe Pharm.D. program requirements include at least two years of undergraduate pre-pharmacy prerequisites and core/flag course requirements. UT Austin College of Pharmacy participates in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). There are two applications and their fees you will need to submit for Pharm.D. admissions.  You can find our Pharm.D. admission requirements below and via the PharmCAS School Directory.


Academic Requirements

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

Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisite Courses

  • A bachelor’s degree is not required 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)

Core Course 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.  Due to the rigorous nature of the Pharm.D. curriculum, students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to have them complete prior to matriculation.
  • Students who matriculate into pharmacy school with a bachelor’s degree will have deficient core requirements waived by UT Austin.

Flag Course Requirements

  • The flag course requirement is unique to The University of Texas at Austin.
  • The flag requirements MUST be fulfilled to receive the Pharm.D. degree.
  • All flag requirements, except for the Global Cultures flag, will be met by courses in the Pharm.D. curriculum.
  • Students who matriculate into pharmacy school with a bachelor’s degree will have the Global Cultures flag course requirement waived.

Foreign Language Requirement

  • The university foreign language requirement MUST be fulfilled prior to matriculation into the Pharm.D. program.
  • Students who matriculate into pharmacy school with a 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 of pharmacy.  Please submit the application as soon as possible after it opens.
  • A fee is required.
  • The PharmCAS application typically opens in mid-July.
  • The regular decision fall priority deadline is typically early September.
  • The regular decision final decision will be in the spring semester. (See our Applying page for specific dates.)

College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application

  • The 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 supplemental application.
  • The UT supplemental application fee is non-refundable.

PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)

  • The PCAT is optional, not required for the 2021 application cycle.
  • An applicant may wish to submit PCAT scores if they believe it will strengthen their academic profile.  An applicant may want to consider submitting PCAT scores if:
    • Overall undergraduate GPA is below 3.00
    • Overall science GPA is below 3.00
    • Science prerequisite courses are “C” or below
    • Science prerequisite courses are 5-years or older
    • Academic progression/trend reflects a decline in recent semesters
  • The PharmCAS application will have a question asking if the applicant wishes to have the admissions committee to evaluate your academic profile using your PCAT scores.
  •  If you have any additional questions regarding the PCAT, please don’t hesitate to schedule a phone/ZOOM appointment with an admissions representative.
  • Fall Priority Deadline: the PCAT should be taken no later than the September  10, 2020 exam if the applicant wishes to have their application evaluated with their PCAT scores.
  • Spring Final Deadline: the PCAT should be taken no later than the February 1-5, 2021 exam if the applicant wishes to have their application evaluated with their PCAT scores.
  • Scores cannot be older than 3 years to be considered.
  • Exam scores must be official and received by PharmCAS by the time the Admission Committee makes an admission decision.
  • 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 admission into the Pharm.D. program:
    • Immunizations (Note: start compiling shot records while applying so they are ready for submission upon admission)
      • Hepatitis B: positive titer and proof of 3-shot series (Note: series takes 6 months to complete if must get all 3 shots)
      • Influenza (flu) vaccine:  an influenza vaccination will be required from this 2020-21 flu vaccine campaign.  We highly recommend that you vaccinate as soon as the vaccine is available around late August/early September 2020.
    • Social security number (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.
  • 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 at interview day and upon admission.

Application and Admission Procedures

  • The Director of Admission 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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