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

DO NOT FORGET TO SUBMIT A SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION! See our website for the supplemental application and instructions:

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Terry Le 
      • 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 2018:  November 1, 2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    DO NOT FORGET TO SUBMIT A SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION! See our website for the supplemental application and instructions:

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
    • 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/Ph.D.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: Pharm.D./M.A.S.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: Baccalaureate degree required for admission
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
    • 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 curriculum is dynamic and under frequent revision. Presently, the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is as follows:

    Year 1 includes courses in anatomy, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics, bioinformatics, drug information, study design, biostatistics and an introduction to the practice of pharmacy. 


    Year 2 is devoted to pre-clinical biomedical and biological subjects. In this unique environment, pharmacy students are enrolled in courses with first year medical students. These courses include foundations of human biology, cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrinology, reproduction, metabolism, microbiology, immunology and hematology. Supplementary courses specific to the needs of pharmacy students, such as additional coursework in pharmacology and physiology, laboratory medicine, and health policy are also offered. 


    Year 3 builds on the integrated sciences provided in Year 2 with courses in microbiology and infectious diseases, human disease, neurology, pharmacogenomics, pharmacology and pharmacoeconomics. A course series in therapeutics begins the process of applying the knowledge gained in the basic and integrated sciences to the clinical management of patients.


    Students are expected to engage in IPPEs in the areas of community pharmacy, institutional health-system pharmacy, health-related service learning, and simulated activities during the first three years of the pharmacy curriculum. These experiences are intended to serve as a bridge between didactic courses and fourth-year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). Students must complete 300 IPPE hours by the end of the Winter Quarter of the P-3 year in order to progress to fourth-year APPEs.


    Year 4 is devoted entirely to clinical clerkships where students learn to apply the skills and knowledge obtained in the curriculum in a variety of clinical settings. Many of these clerkship experiences take place at UCSD-affiliated medical centers, such as UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest, UCSD Medical Center - La Jolla, The Veteran's Administration Medical Center in La Jolla, and Rady Children's Hospital. In addition, many other facilities throughout the region are utilized and clerkship experiences in the biotechnology companies and research facilities adjacent to the UCSD campus are being implemented.


    Completing a research project is required of all students and is a prerequisite for graduation. Students are encouraged to consider potential projects beginning in their first year. Students will be allowed to complete their research project in any academic year. For Pharm.D./Ph.D. program students, completion of the Ph.D. thesis project will satisfy this graduation project requirement.


    The common required and elective coursework taken by pharmacy and medical students and clerkship experiences where medical and pharmacy students work closely together have been created to foster the development of cooperation between the professions as well as develop an appreciation for the unique roles that each provides to 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 ↑ 

    DO NOT FORGET TO SUBMIT A SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION! See our website for the supplemental application and instructions:

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 75
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 0
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 40
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 60
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.68
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-50
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 13:1

  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 2018 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, students are strongly encouraged to 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.

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

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

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: Proof of state residency is not a factor considered during the admissions process. Proof of residency status is 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? No
    • 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:  08/31/2017 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, 2017. 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. 
      • Teaching Assistant
      • Must be co-signed by the course professor
    • 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 Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • January  
    • 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 2018
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? March 1, 2018
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: 200
      • Due: upon accepting offer
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 9/18-20/2018 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 09/21/2018
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: