The University of Texas at Austin

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy

Pharm.D. Program

2409 University Ave. PHR 5.112
Mail Code A1900
Austin, Texas 78712

Phone (Work): 512-471-1737


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: November 1, 2018

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    Saturday, March 2, 2019


    "Explore UT" is our university open house that the College of Pharmacy hosts in collaboration with other programs at UT Austin. We encourage prospective students and pre-pharmacy organizations to join us in the College of Pharmacy for our schedule of events. You can contact to let us know you are interested in joining us on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Here is the link to learn about about Explore UT and see what events & programs were offered:

  • Dates


Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • UTHSC at San Antonio- A limited number of pharmacy students assigned to the San Antonio region will relocate to this campus after the 2nd professional year to complete their Institutional IPPE (summer) and the 3rd & 4th professional years.

Program Description (back to top)

Program and Admissions information:


General Information:

The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy was founded in 1893 and is currently the number three ranked pharmacy program by U.S. News and World Report. Located in the heart of Austin, Texas, the UT-Austin College of Pharmacy has a joint program with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The college provides education and training to more than 500 professional students and approximately 130 graduate students, post-graduate residents, and post-graduate fellows.


UT-Austin pharmacy students receive high quality instruction in the basic pharmaceutical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and pharmacy practice. Professional pharmacy students receive interprofessional training alongside the medical, nursing, social work, and other interprofessional student groups throughout the Pharm.D. program. Clinical education sites are available in the Austin/Temple/Waco area, the Rio Grande Valley, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.


Student pharmacists are trained to deliver patient-centered care in an interprofessional collaborative practice environment. Graduates enter residency at a rate above the national average, and at the highest rate of all Texas Colleges/Schools of Pharmacy. An Honors Research Program and a Pharm.D./Ph.D. track are available for students who show an interest in academic and/or research careers.


Student pharmacists are active in over 20 student organizations where they participate in community service and professional development activities.


The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy strives to be the leading College of Pharmacy for innovative interdisciplinary education, research, and service, revolutionizing patient care and health outcomes in Texas and the world. The college provides exemplary education, training, research, and professional development for Pharm.D. students, graduate students, and postgraduates in the pharmaceutical sciences; to advance discovery, innovation, and patient care; and to provide service to the university, professional and scientific communities, and society.


Professional students, graduate students, and post-graduate students are trained to be leaders in their profession, conducting exceptional basic, translational, clinical, health policy, and health services research, advancing scientific discovery and the health care of patients through innovations in the practice of pharmacy. Our students partner with pharmacy and other health care communities to provide innovative experiential education and service. Our students are trained to advocate for improvement in public health. Our college strives to build a collaborative, diverse environment that values and rewards innovation, productivity, and critical thinking.



The Pharm.D. program requires at least two years of undergraduate pre-pharmacy prerequisite coursework and four years of the professional program in the college of pharmacy. The curriculum is designed to provide the state and nation with pharmacists who are scientifically trained and clinically competent to deliver a full spectrum of patient-centered care in all areas of practice and to be leaders in the profession. The curriculum features a discipline-integrated approach to the management of disease states, and a case-based team approach to the design of patient-specific therapeutic care.



Students may begin the professional curriculum only after they have been admitted to The University of Texas at Austin and to the professional program in pharmacy. To be accepted to the professional pharmacy program, applicants must complete at least 65 semester hours of prerequisite coursework. The Admissions Committee conducts a holistic review of application materials, including an assessment of overall academic achievement as indicated by grade point average and PCAT scores. In addition to academic credentials, the committee also consider other factors such as, but not limited to: letters of reference, oral and written communication skills, extracurricular involvement, knowledge of the profession, work experience, community service, leadership, research, teaching/tutoring/mentoring, and special life circumstances.

Other Programs: [a] Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice [M.S./Ph.D.]; [b] Pharmacology & Toxicology [Ph.D.]; [c] Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery [Ph.D.]; [d] Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry  [Ph.D]; [e] Pharmacotherapy [M.S./Ph.D.]; [f] Translational Sciences  [Ph.D.].

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 250
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 125
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 125
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: Not limited
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: Not limited
Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.5 is the average; No minimum >= 2.8 preferred
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.5 is the average; No minimum >= 2.8 preferred.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 85% is the average; No minimum. >= 65% preferred
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 33%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 67%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.4
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-37
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 65
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 33
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 102.5
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 65  102.5 
General Biology I (cellular & molecular) for science majors (lecture only)- PREREQUISITE 
General Biology II (structure & function) for science majors (lecture only)- PREREQUISITE 
General Chemistry I with LAB for science majors- PREREQUISITE 
General Chemistry II with LAB for science majors- PREREQUISITE 
Microbiology with LAB geared to pre-pharmacy and pre-medicine- PREREQUISITE 
Genetics (lecture only)- PREREQUISITE 
Organic Chemistry I with LAB for science majors- PREREQUISITE 
Organic Chemistry II with LAB for science majors- PREREQUISITE 
Physics with lab- (non calculus or calculus-based physics is acceptable)- PREREQUISITE 
Calculus I- (Business Calculus is NOT acceptable)- PREREQUISITE  
Statistics (a wide variety of statistic courses in mathematics, psychology, and sociology are acceptable)- PREREQUISITE 
Composition (Writing)- Composition I will fulfill this requirement- PREREQUISITE 
Literature (Readings in American, British, or World literature courses); Composition II or Technical Writing will NOT fulfill this requirement- PREREQUISITE  
United States History I & II- university CORE course requirements for graduation  
American Government- university CORE course requirements for graduation (One of the courses should contain Texas government/constitution content)* 
Visual & Performing Arts - university CORE course requirement for graduation 
Social & Behavioral Science- university CORE course requirement for graduation 
Signature Course (First Year or Upper Classman)- university CORE course requirement for graduation (This course is unique to UT Austin)** 

Additional Information

Pre-pharmacy Course Prerequisites Requirement: You will notice in the "Program Prerequisite" table above that certain course requirements are labelled "PREREQUISITES".  These college of pharmacy prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation into our Pharm.D. program.  A bachelor's degree or higher will NOT waive any of these requirements.  Consult your academic advisor for guidance.


If you matriculate into the Pharm.D. program with a bachelors degree, any deficiencies in the above "CORE requirements for graduation", the global cultures flag course requirement, and the foreign language requirement will be WAIVED.  


Core Course Requirements: You will notice in the "Program Prerequisite" table above that certain course requirements are labeled "CORE course requirements for graduation".  We highly recommend that you complete these university requirements prior to matriculation into our Pharm.D. program.  You will want to minimize the number of deficient core requirements since you'll be taking 16-21 hours per semester during pharmacy school. 


Global Cultures FLAG Course Requirement: We highly recommend that you complete this requirement prior to matriculation into our Pharm.D. program.


Foreign Language Requirement: This requirement bust be fulfilled prior to matriculation into the Pharm.D. program


Please read through all the "CORE, FLAG, & Foreign Language Requirements" information for additional details:


Immunizations:  There are two immunizations that we will be asking you to start working on during the application cycle.   You will be required to get the flu vaccine during the 2018-19 flu season for matriculation purposes.  We will also be asking you to start locate your childhood immunization records to see if you have any proof of completing the Hepatitis B vaccination.   Our compliance team will provide more details related to these immunizations and other compliance requirements during the application cycle.


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: UT Austin Supplemental Application (expected to open July 18, 2018):
Deadline: September 4, 2018 (Early Decision); November 1, 2018 (Regular Decision)Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $100
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

The PharmCAS ID number is required to start and submit the UT Austin Supplemental Application. The supplemental application can be started once you create your PharmCAS application.  It can also be submitted before completing the PharmCAS application.


Once PharmCAS has VERIFIED your application as complete, we will see if you've submitted and paid for your supplemental application as an additional requirement to consider movement into our internal review status.


A  supplemental fee waiver can be requested if you've been a approved a PharmCAS application fee waiver.  Submit requests to

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 3 years (July 2015)

Report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS using PharmCAS Code 104


Early Decision Applicants: A July 2018 PCAT exam score or earlier is required to be considered for Early Decision. We will accept September 2018 PCAT scores for Early Decision if this is a RE-Exam and not your first time taking the PCAT. An email request to consider your September 2018 PCAT scores and attachment of your preliminary September 2018 PCAT scores should be submitted to within 48 hours after taking the exam. In your email please note that this is for your Early Decision application. Official September scores must be submitted to PharmCAS for an application update.


Regular Decision Applicants: The September 2018 PCAT exam scores are the latest scores we can accept for Regular Decision.

For additional information:


Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



Foreign applicants should take the TOEFL if English is your second language, even if you have been in the U.S. for several years.

When applying for admission, submit an official score from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Academic Examination of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Although the Graduate and International Admissions Center accepts either the TOEFL or IELTS, the TOEFL iBT is preferred because of the intergrative nature of the four skills tested and the facility with which scores are transmitted.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: September 4, 2018 (Early Decision); November 1, 2018 (Regular Decision) Received by deadline

If you accept an offer admission from UT Austin College of Pharmacy, you will be required to submit an original foreign transcript to UT Austin.  More directions and guidance will be provided at that time.

NOTE: Every student who matriculates into our Pharm.D. Program must have a social security number and card before you start Pharm.D. classes.  One will not be able to start the Pharm.D. program without this information.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Letters of reference from pharmacist supervisors, employer supervisors, and/or math or science professors are strongly encouraged.

Letters of reference should be from individuals who know the applicant really well on a professional and/or academic level.  Letters can NOT be from family or friends.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Employer
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • Sunday, October 14, 2018 (Early Decision)
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 (Regular Decision)
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019 (Regular Decision)

Interviewees will spend half a day (4-hours) at the college participating in a showcase experience to highlight the unique qualities of the UT Austin College of Pharmacy.

Please read more information about our MMI Interviews:



Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Early Decision: no later than 1-week after interviews Regular Decision: no later than than the last week of February 2019
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Within 7-days from receipt of the acceptance offer
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $200
Due: May 1, 2019
Refundable? No
Details: Current and former UT Austin students are not required to submit a deposit to hold an acceptee's place. New transfer (Early and Regular) applicants to UT Austin will not have to submit this deposit until May 1, 2019 even though acceptance offers are provided late October 2018 for Early Decision and late February 2019 for Regular Decision. This deposit is non-refundable but will be applied to their fall tuition bill if one matriculates into our Pharm.D. program.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • The week before the 1st day of fall classes (August)
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes