Admissions for MS and PhD

Application Deadlines: The deadline for Fall 2022 semester admission will be December 1, 2021, for Ph.D. and non-residency master’s. Spring and summer semester admission is not allowed.

Pharmacotherapy division only: The deadline for the master’s program with concurrent residency is January 15, 2022.

NOTE: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

Steps for completing your application:

Step 1: Apply for admission to the MS or PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at ApplyTexas.

Later in the application, for “Area of Interest,” be sure that you select one of the division specific tracks: Health Outcomes, Chemical Biology & Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery, Pharmacology & Toxicology, or Pharmacotherapy.

Step 2: Provide three names and email addresses of people who will write letters of recommendation for you.

They will be contacted electronically once your application and fee are submitted.

Step 3: Pay the application fee as instructed in ApplyTexas.

Within 48 hours of submitting your application and paying your application fee through ApplyTexas, you will receive an email from the Graduate & International Admission Center (GIAC) directing you to a status check website (MyStatus) with further instructions. You will be assigned an electronic identifier (EID), which will allow you to upload required additional materials listed below. Please take careful note of the EID and password as you will need these later to check your admission status.

Step 4: Upload a detailed resume/CV.

Step 5: Upload your statement of purpose instead of using the statement of purpose box in the application.

Step 6: Upload one official transcript from each college or university attended.

Please do not mail these credentials, unless you are requested to do so. For additional information regarding the submission of transcripts see the GIAC web site.

Step 7: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

If you wish to send your score, you should request an official report of GRE scores to be sent from the testing agency to The University of Texas at Austin (code is 6882).  Please allow up to 72 hours for your MyStatus to reflect the waiver.

Step 8: (International Students only): Request an official report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Ask for your scores to be sent from the testing agency to The University of Texas at Austin (code is 6882); or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to be sent from the testing agency to The University of Texas at Austin electronically. We will no longer accept the paper score reports.

TOEFL and IELTS scores over two years old will not be accepted.  The University of Texas at Austin requires minimum test scores: 79 on iTOEFL and 6.5 on IELTS. In the College of Pharmacy we usually admit students with much higher scores; the current average is 100 on iTOEFL.

Important Notes:

Be sure to answer the question on the application listing two to three faculty from the division you would like to work with.

Please answer the question giving your previous field of study and previous degrees.

All materials must be uploaded electronically.

We will carefully dispose of any paper materials we receive, unless we have requested them.

Please take note of the EID and password that you will receive about 24–48 hours after you submit your application.

You will need these later to check your admission status.

Eligibility & Evaluation of Applicants


Credentials of most successful applicants to the graduate program in the College of Pharmacy graduate school exceed the minimum University requirements listed below. Admission is highly competitive and not all qualified applicants are admitted. Minimum application requirements include:


1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States institution or proof of equivalent training in a foreign institution.

For questions regarding degree eligibility, please consult the Graduate and International Admission Center (GIAC).

2. A 3.0 (B) grade point average on all upper-division (junior and senior) and graduate-level coursework previously taken.

3. UT Austin does not have a minimum GRE score.

Please note the most competitive applicants have verbal scores of 75% or higher and quantitative scores of 70% or higher. We do consider students with scores lower than this, but only if all other materials are excellent.

4. Adequate subject preparation for the proposed graduate major.

5. Acceptance by the Admissions Committee of the proposed major area of interest.

Evaluation of Applicants

The application review is holistic and takes into account all aspects of the application materials. The divisions are particularly impressed by evidence that applicants are sincerely motivated, communicate well, and can show evidence of leadership ability.

No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by The University of Texas, on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including, but not limited to, race, color, national origin, religion, sex or handicap.

An applicant’s file cannot be considered until all application materials have been received. All materials should be received by the deadline.

The Graduate and International Admissions Center

GIAC has the final word in admission requirements for admission to the University’s graduate school programs and international admissions. For more information about admissions, please visit GIAC.

GRE Information

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

The GRE scores will be sent directly from ETS upon your request. Please note that although the University of Texas at Austin does not have a minimum GRE score, the most competitive applicants have verbal and quantitative scores of 70% or higher. Students with scores lower than this will be considered, but only if all other materials are excellent.

Scores must be received by The University of Texas no later than one week after the deadline and it can often take up to three to four weeks for the University to receive and process the scores after you request them. Please plan accordingly.

Please contact the Pharmacy Graduate Coordinator if you have questions about this before you apply.

International Student Information

Many of our successful international applicants have an M.S. degree and publications in biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutics, or another relevant science. Successful international applicants to the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice often have an M.S. degree in Pharmacy Administration.

Applicants from foreign countries not only must be eligible for admission to The University of Texas at Austin and the College of Pharmacy, but must also prove, through examination, that they possess sufficient knowledge of English to comprehend the course of study. Written and spoken English abilities of entering students are assessed by the International Office during orientation. If that office recommends that a student enroll in Intensive English Communication courses, those courses will be required by the College of Pharmacy.

The University of Texas at Austin maintains an International Office with advisers to assist international students with orientation to the campus and to answer questions regarding immigration status, academic matters not specifically within the province of academic advising, financial aid, health insurance, housing, legal questions, employment, income tax, and social security regulations.