Admissions for M.S. and Ph.D.

Important Dates

Application Deadlines: The deadline for Fall 2023 semester admission will be December 1, 2022, for Ph.D. and non-residency master’s. We do not offer spring and summer admission.

Pharmacotherapy division only: The deadline for the master’s program with concurrent residency is January 15, 2023.

Download Our Graduate Admissions Guide

Required Application Materials and Steps

All materials should be submitted electronically. We will carefully dispose of any paper materials we receive, unless we have specifically requested them from you.

Download our Pharmacy Graduate Admissions Guide for a PDF version of the information below.

1. ApplyTexas Application
  • Complete a U.S. Graduate Application if you are a:
    • U.S. citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Former student of UT Austin
  • Complete an International Graduate Application if you are a:
    • Non-U.S. citizen
    • Non-permanent resident of the United States
2. Application Fee
  • The nonrefundable application fee is $65.00 for US applicants; $90.00 for International applicants.
  • The Graduate School offers need- based fee waivers to U.S. and permanent resident applicants.
3. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • You will be given the opportunity to list the name, position, organization and email address for three recommenders when you complete the application. After you submit your application and pay your application fee, emails will be sent to your recommenders directing them to a website where they may upload their letters.
  • MyStatus offers a self-service feature you can use to resend the request email to your recommenders, if necessary. Use it to supply an alternate email address if your recommender’s spam filter blocks the original request or has removed the link. You can also add a new recommender or revise your right-to-view status from “retained” to “waived.”
4. Official Transcripts
  • You must provide an official transcript from every senior college you have attended. Even if courses taken at one institution are recorded on another college's transcript, transcripts must be submitted from the institution at which the courses were taken.
  • For the purposes of applying to UT Austin, you have two options:
    • Order an official paper transcript from your registrar’s office. Scan and upload a copy of the official paper transcript to the Document Upload System in MyStatus.
    • Order an official electronic transcript. The electronic copy can be uploaded via the Document Upload System as well, but it must not be encrypted or password protected. We accept electronic transcripts from SPEEDE or Parchment only.
    • Learn more about how to submit your transcripts here (Important: Please do not mail official transcripts or paper copies of your transcripts to UT-Austin.)
  • Former UT Austin students will be charged an additional fee and all transcripts on file with the UT Registrar will be duplicated for your application.
5. Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should describe your reasons for pursuing graduate study and your academic and professional interests and goals. This may include events/experiences that prepared you for graduate study and how your interests complement the division's faculty and research. You also can address a specific area of research interest or a member of the faculty with whom you wish to work.

6. Resume/CV

A detailed resume/CV is required for all applicants. Resumes/CVs may include a summary of your education, research experiences and interests, professional affiliations, honors, awards, fellowships and scholarships, relevant professional or volunteer experience, publications, conference presentations, and academic or university service.

7. International applicants only*

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

  • The University of Texas at Austin requires minimum test scores:
    • TOEFL: 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT)
    • IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination

In the College of Pharmacy we usually admit students with much higher scores; the current average is 100 on TOEFL iBT.

  • Scores must be sent to the university by the testing agency (self-reported scores are not accepted). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) institution code for UT Austin is 6882. There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination. To fulfill the requirement with scores from the IELTS, please use the IELTS electronic score delivery service to send your scores to the “University of Texas at Austin” account.
  • *International applicants who are from a qualifying country are exempt from this requirement. Additionally, applicants are exempt from the requirement if they possess a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or a qualifying country. The requirement is not waived for applicants who have earned a master’s—but not a bachelor’s—degree from a similar institution. Unsure if you qualify for an exemption? Contact intladm@austin.utexas.edu
8. OPTIONAL Official GRE scores
  • The GRE is not required for our application, however if you wish to submit your GRE scores, you should request an official report of GRE scores to be sent from the testing agency to The University of Texas at Austin. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) institution code for UT Austin is 6882.
  • Scores must be received by The University of Texas no later than one week after the application 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.
Application Steps

Step 1: Submit your application through ApplyTexas.org

  • In addition to requesting your general educational history, our application has several program-specific questions:
    • For “Area of Interest,” you must select one of the division specific tracks: Health Outcomes, Chemical Biology & Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery, Pharmacology & Toxicology, or Pharmacotherapy.
    • 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
  • The ApplyTexas application is also where you will provide three names and email addresses of people who will write letters of recommendation for you.

Step 2: Pay the application fee

Step 3: Upload your transcripts, CV, and statement of purpose to MyStatus

  • Within 48 hours of submitting your application 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 your required application materials. Please take careful note of the EID and password as you will need these later to check your admission status.

Step 4: (International applicants only*) Send an official score report for the TOEFL or IELTS 

  • Scores must be sent to the university by the testing agency (self-reported scores are not accepted). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) institution code for UT Austin is 6882. There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination. To fulfill the requirement with scores from the IELTS, please use the IELTS electronic score delivery service to send your scores to the “University of Texas at Austin” account.
  • *International applicants who are from a qualifying country are exempt from this requirement. Additionally, applicants are exempt from the requirement if they possess a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or a qualifying country. The requirement is not waived for applicants who have earned a master’s—but not a bachelor’s—degree from a similar institution.

Step 5: Visit My Status (UT EID required) to monitor your application status

  • MyStatus will help you with questions like:
    • Is my application complete?
    • Have you received my letters of recommendation? How can I change my recommenders?
    • Did you receive my test scores?
    • Why was my transcript declined?

Once all of your application materials are uploaded and completed, the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) will refer your application to our college. This initial review process by GIAC will take about 1-2 weeks. Your application status will say “In Review” until our program has made a final decision on your application.

Important Notes

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  • All materials should be submitted electronically. We will carefully dispose of any paper materials we receive, unless we have specifically requested them.
  • We do not evaluate applications on a rolling basis. An application is evaluated on its own merits and in comparison to all the applications for a given year. Review typically begins in late December, with decisions made by early spring.
  • Please take note of the EID and password that you will receive 24-48 hours after submitting your application. You will need these later to check your admission status.
  • Check MyStatus to see what materials you have left to upload, see if your test scores have arrived, send reminders to your letter writers, and more.
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