University of California, San Diego

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Contact Information (back to top)

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

Phone (Fax): 858-822-5591


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? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Quarter (three terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
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:

Program Description (back to top)

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.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 260
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 70
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 70
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 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
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 38
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 62
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.67
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-30
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 8:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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: 44
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 Bachelor's degree required  44 
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.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: Please see our website for our Supplemental Application:
Deadline: 11/01/2018Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $105
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

The REQUIRED supplemental application is available at:

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


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


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? 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 an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 08/31/2018 Received by deadline

UC San Diego requires applicants to submit original foreign transcripts directly to the school. All credentials are due by August 31, 2018. See the School website for specific information ( Follow the instructions precisely or the application will not be valid.

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

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


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
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • January

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

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? February 2019
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? March 1, 2019
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: 200
Due: upon accepting offer
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • 9/24-26, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 09/27/2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No