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The 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.


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.

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.

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

Texas Two-Step Applications: Submit both PharmCAS and College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application.

Step 1. 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 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.)


Step 2: 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.

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.

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)

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

PCAT Frequently Asked Questions

Is the PCAT exam required for admissions?

  • No. The PCAT is optional, not required for this 2021 admissions cycle. We’ll be evaluating this application cyle if the PCAT will remain as optional or return to required for the 2022 application cycle. Please stay tuned.
  • The MCAT, GRE, or any other admissions test is NOT accepted.

When should I take the PCAT?

The PCAT is optional, not required for the 2021 application cycle. An applicant should consider taking the PCAT approximately one year prior to the fall semester one wants to start pharmacy school.

Where can I find more information about the PCAT?

You can find out more information on the PCAT website.

Where do I submit my PCAT scores?

  • UT Austin College of Pharmacy participates with PharmCAS for application submission. All PCAT scores must be submitted by Pearson to PharmCAS.
  • Use CODE: 104 (PharmCAS). Detailed instructions provided by PharmCAS.

What PCAT scores should I have?

  • PCAT scores should ideally be > 70 percentile with a writing score of at least 3.
  • 75% of successful applicants have a PCAT composite score ≥ 70 percentile.
  • 50% of successful applicants have a PCAT composite score ≥ 85 percentile.
  • All subsections (Reading Comprehension, Verbal, Quantitative, Biology, and Chemistry) of the PCAT are considered significant when reviewing your PCAT results.

How long are my PCAT scores good before I should retest?

UT Austin College of Pharmacy will accept scores taken within the past 3 years.

If I take the PCAT more than once, which score will you use?

We will use the highest score when considering an application for admission.

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: Start compiling shot records while applying so they are ready for submission upon acceptance.
      • Hepatitis B: Positive titer and proof of 3-shot series. 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.

Tuition & Financial Support

Attaining a quality pharmacy education does not come without cost, so the College of Pharmacy has worked in partnership with generous donors to establish a wealth of scholarship opportunities.  

Approximately 85% of our students received some form of financial assistance from UT Austin’s Student Financial Services and/or the College of Pharmacy. 

Students: watch this helpful video about "Paying Your Tuition Bill with Financial Aid".