University of California - San Diego
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Tracy Cruz 
      • Admissions Officer 
      • Office of Student Affairs and Admissions  
      • UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 
      • 9500 Gilman Drive  
      • Mail Code 0657  
      • La Jolla 
      • California 
      • 92093-0657  
      • Phone (Work): 858-822-4900  
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  November 1, 2013

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Quarter (three terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/P.H.D.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Pharm.D./M.A.S.
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • Baccalaureate degree required for admission
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: None 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)?: Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service?: No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The curriculum of the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences prepares students to be leaders in the profession and provides the tools to practice in academia, hospitals, clinics, long-term facilities, home care, government, health policy, the pharmaceutical industry and innovative community practices.

    The Doctor of Pharmacy degree curriculum is as follows: In the first year, students enroll in courses in anatomy, histology, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics, bioinformatics, law and ethics, biostatistics and pharmacy practice. In the second year, pharmacy and medical students are enrolled in courses in the basic biomedical sciences. In this unique environment, pharmacy and medical students study cell biology, biochemistry, organ physiology, neurosciences, endocrinology, reproduction and metabolism, and laboratory medicine. Additional coursework in pharmacology, health policy, study design, and pharmaceutics are also provided. The third year focuses on the application of the information learned in the previous years with coursework in microbiology, pharmacology, pharmacoeconomics, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacogenomics and therapeutics. Students also participate in introductory pharmacy practice experiences during the first three years.

    The fourth year is devoted to advanced pharmacy practice experiences in a variety of patient care and other settings, such as the pharmaceutical industry and government. The common coursework taken by pharmacy and medical students and advanced practice experiences where medical and pharmacy students work together have been created to foster cooperation between the professions and to develop an appreciation for the unique roles that each professional provides in the care of patients.

    All students are enrolled in the full-time, 4-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. No students in advanced standing, transfer students from other schools of pharmacy or part-time students are accepted. All students enter in the first year.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 120
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 60
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 5-10
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 40
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 60
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.7
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: up to 60
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 5-10
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.00
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.00
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: Baccalaureate degree in other discipline
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-47
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Bachelor's degree required
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 30
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Bachelor's degree required
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total Bachelor's degree required  Bachelor's degree required 
      English with a Writing Component  
      General Chemistry with Laboratory   12 
      Organic Chemistry with Laboratory   12 
      Biology (Cellular and Molecular and Whole Animal) with at least one Laboratory  12 
      Physics with at least one Laboratory 
      Calculus with Analytical Geometry  
      Public Speaking or Debate  
      Human Behavior  
    • Additional Information: 

      See the school website at for additional information. All applicants must have completed the requirements for a BS or BA degree prior to matriculation. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required. In addition, an average GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for each category of science pre-requisite courses. Each non-science pre-requisite course must be passed with a grade of C or better. For all pre-requisite courses, survey and introductory science courses for non-science majors are not acceptable. If multiple courses are offered in the same subject area, the courses taken should be the most academically demanding courses available at the college or university attended. In addition to the required pre-requisite courses, it is strongly suggested that students consider taking courses in physiology, biochemistry, physical chemistry, immunology, genetics, anatomy, microbiology, and statistics. Students who have taken coursework at a foreign university must follow precisely the detailed instructions on the web page for their application to be considered.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Details: Not a factor considered during admissions process. Proof of residency status required for matriculation. Details on establishing CA residency for tuition purposes will be provided to admitted applicants in the summer prior to matriculation.
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? No
    • 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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations:  08/31/2013 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      UC San Diego requires applicants to submit original foreign transcripts directly to the school. All credentials are due by August 31, 2013. See the School website for specific information. Follow the instructions precisely or the application will not be valid.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • January to early February 
    • Details: 

      Following a review of all applicants, a limited number of applicants will be invited for an interview.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? February through May, 2014
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 04/04/2014
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 9/22-24/2014 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 09/25/2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: Only under special circumstances on a case by case basis