University of Texas
College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  November 3, 2014


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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/P.H.D.
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? 
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Students living in the 37 border counties of Texas may become part of the Cooperative Pharmacy programs between UT Austin and UT Pan Am and UT El Paso. Please go to http://www.utexas.edu/pharmacy/admissions/app_instructions.html for additional information.
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    For information: http://www.utexas.edu/pharmacy/admissions/app_instructions.html.

    General Information on The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy: Provides education and training to more than 500 professional students as well as approximately 130 graduate students, post-graduate residents and post-graduate fellows. The college makes its home in a two-building complex on the main campus of UT Austin and has a joint program with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and cooperative programs with the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg.

         UT pharmacy students receive high quality instruction in the basic pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy administration, and pharmacy practice. Clinical education sites in the Austin/Temple/Waco area, El Paso, 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. Honors Program and a Pharm.D. /Ph.D. are available for students who show interest in academic and/or research careers.

           Mission / Vision: The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy strives to provide exemplary pharmacy education, training and research programs for professional students, graduate students and post-graduates by: educating Pharm.D. professional students, M.S./Ph.D. graduate students and post-graduate trainees 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; partnering with pharmacy and other health care communities to provide innovative experiential education and service; advocating for improvement in public health; and building a collaborative, diverse environment that values and rewards innovation, productivity and critical thinking.

         Curriculum: Pharm.D. program includes two years of pre-pharmacy coursework and four years of work within the college in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences.  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 pharmaceutical services in all areas of practice and to be leaders in the profession. 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 planning.

       Admissions: 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. 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 considers other factors such as, but not limited to, letters of recommendation, oral and written communication skills, extracurricular involvement, knowledge of the profession, work in health care, community service and leadership, and special life circumstances.

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


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 250-260
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 140
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 125
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 14
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 36%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 64%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.6
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 250
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: Not limited
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.6 is the average; No minimum >= 2.8 preferred
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.6 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-67
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 7.4 : 1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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: 36
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 85
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 65  85 
      Physics w/ Lab - science major pre-req; should include thermodynamics 
      Calculus w/ Integration - science major pre-req [see below for specific integration topics] 
      Cell & Molecular Biology - science major pre-req 
      Organismic Biology - science major pre-req 
      Genetics - science major pre-req 
      Inorganic Chemistry w/ Lab - science major pre-req  12 
      Organic chemistry w/ Lab - science major pre-req  12 
      English Composition - pre-req 
      Social & Behavioral Science - core graduation requirement 
      Visual & Performing Arts - core graduation requirement 
      First year signature course - core graduation requirement [courses in several areas of study may be appropriate] 
      American History - core graduation requirement 
      American Government - core graduation requirement [1 hour of Texas govt is also required and can be completed in a variety of ways; see below]  7.5 
      Medical microbiology w/ lab - science majors pre-req 
      Sophomore literature [American, English or World] pre-req 
      Statistics [descriptive & inferential] - pre-req 
    • Additional Information: 

      Math and science courses must be for science majors. Calculus must include:

      a] Fundamental theorem of the calculus
      b] Integration formulas
      c] Intermediate value theorem
      d] Theory of the integral such as Riemann sums and integrating continuous functions
      e] Applications of the integral - areas, volumes, work, approximations by the trapezoidal rule and by Simpson's rule
      f] Integration in relation to logs
      g] Trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions

      Non- Math / Science courses listed are also CORE graduation requirements.

      1 hour of Texas consitution is required as part of the 6 hours of government. This can be completed in a number of ways. Please go to

      On-line (through UT Extension): http://courses.webhost.utexas.edu/dec/college/coursedetails.cfm?CourseID=521&CourseTitle=Texas%20Government%20%28Online%29

      Testing Out Based on AP Scores: http://ctl.utexas.edu/programs-and-services/student-testing-services/exam-details?examID=155


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 3 years
      • Details: 

        No later than September 2013

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        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. http://bealonghorn.utexas.edu/international/transfer/testing

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
      • Details: 

        Some pharmacy experience in a direct patient care setting is strongly encouraged.


  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Details: Residency is not considered in admissions decisions. Residency is considered for tuition purposes by the University.
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • 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: November 1 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Once an offer of admission is made, UT Austin does its own foreign transcript evaluations. However, UT recommends third party evaluations done by AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) at http://ies.aacrao.org/evaluations/. Residency is not considered for admissions decisions. Residency is considered for tuition purposes.


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Letters from Pharmacist supervisors are strongly encouraged.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Letters should be from those individuals who know the applicant well professionally or academically. Letters should NOT be from family friends.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • Last Friday and Saturday in January. 
      • First Friday and Saturday In February. 
    • Details: 

      Applicants meet with a practitioner / PharmD student for a regular interview and again as part of a small group with 2-3 PharmD students for a problem solving session. Presentations, tours and Q&A sessions are held throughout the day. Additional components are under consideration.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Offers go out by March 1.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Applicants are asked to respond within 7 days from receipt of the offer.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $200
      • Due: May 1
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: The deposit will be applied to the first semester's tuition.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Last Sunday through Friday in August. 
      • Details: Several days of introduction to the PharmD program are provided including meeting the deans, faculty, staff, and other students. Incoming students are informed about the curriculum, student organizations and the profession.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Last Wednesday in August.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Only for significant extenuating circumstances by decision of the Dean.