University of California - San Francisco
School of Pharmacy

Invitations to complete the required UCSF Supplemental Application will NOT be sent. Please visit our web page for information.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Joel W. Gonzales 
      • Director of Admissions 
      • Office of Student & Curricular Affairs  
      • UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy  
      • Room S-960, Box 0150 
      • 513 Parnassus Avenue 
      • San Francisco 
      • California 
      • 94143-0150  
      • Phone (Work): 415-476-2733  
      • Phone (Fax): 415-476-6805 
      • Email: 

      • Rick Trujillo 
      • Admissions Coordinator 
      • Office of Student & Curricular Affairs 
      • UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy 
      • 513 Parnassus Avenue 
      • Box 0150, Room S-960 
      • San Francisco 
      • California 
      • 94143-0150 
      • Phone (Work): 415-476-2733 
      • Phone (Fax): 415-476-6805 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  November 1, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Invitations to complete the required UCSF Supplemental Application will NOT be sent. Please visit our web page for 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/Ph.D.
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: PharmD/M.S.C.R. (Master of Science in Clinical Research)
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • 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 UCSF School of Pharmacy offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program. Our faculty members are known worldwide as leaders in pharmacy professional education and research. We, in turn, educate our PharmD students to be leaders and innovators in pharmacy practice, policy, and science. We teach them to be lifelong experts in the safe and effective use of medicines and to be effective members of health care teams alongside physicians, nurses, and others. Because of the growth and change in the pharmacy profession and the quality of our program, the expertise of our graduates is highly prized.

    The UCSF Doctor of pharmacy curriculum is a 12 quarter, full-time course of study designed to graduate pharmacists who think critically, advocate for patient-centered care; work collaboratively alongside physicians, nurses, and other healthcare colleagues; and lead the profession in assuming new responsibilities related to the management of medicines.

    The UCSF PharmD curriculum offers a science-focused curriculum to prepare graduates to be medication experts. The curriculum provides extensive direct patient care experiences that allow students to apply their clinical knowledge and skills to deliver pharmacy services that improve medication safety and patient health outcomes. At UCSF, students learn from renowned scientists and clinicians who are leaders and innovators in science and healthcare.

    PharmD students benefit from learning alongside students from UCSF's programs in Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Physical Therapy through programs sponsored by the UCSF Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education.

    Opportunities abound at UCSF for students to focus their PharmD education on their specific professional interests.  Whether it is a focus on patient populations and policy development, global health, or expanded scientific and clinical research, UCSF offers students the chance to engage with faculty and students committed to advancing scientific discovery, solving complex health problems and advancing new frontiers in patient care.

    All students are eligible for licensure as a registered pharmacist upon graduation and more than 99% pass the licensure examinations. The highly personal and individual attention we offer our students has resulted in exceptional retention and graduation rates. About 60% to 70% of our students pursue, and are highly competitive for, postgraduate training or education in the form of residencies, fellowships, or advanced degrees. Out of a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants, we admit 122 students each year

    For more information on UCSF’s PharmD program, visit

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    The PCAT is required for applicants applying in 2016 (for entry in 2017.) 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 122
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 122
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.8
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 35%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 65%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.55
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 20-42 years old
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 9.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 62
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 32
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 92
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2017 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 62  92 
      General Chemistry with Laboratory (See website for more detailed information:  12 
      Organic Chemistry with Laboratory   12 
      Biology with Laboratory   12 
      Physics with Laboratory in Electricity and Magnetism  
      Calculus (Calculus I and II) 
      English Composition  
      Humanities and/or Social Sciences (must include particular courses. See website for more detailed information:  19  28 
    • Additional Information: 
      1. The information provided above is only a brief description. For example, the number of units listed above is the minimum number of units required in each subject area. Applicants should be aware that other factors, such as course content, may require additional units before a prerequisite is approved as “complete.”
      2. Prerequisites may be fulfilled only through course work approved by the Office of Student & Curricular Affairs. All applicants are responsible for reviewing and adhering to the details posted at: Petitions for exemptions, waivers or course substitutions are rarely accepted.

      Additional Considerations:

      • General chemistry, Organic chemistry: must include 1 year of lecture and lab.
      • Biology: must include at least one lab.
      • Physiology: must be whole animal or human physiology. Courses in anatomy, plant physiology and cell physiology are not accepted.
      • Calculus: a minimum of 2 courses (irrespective of total units) is required.
      • English: a minimum of 2 courses (irrespective of total units) is required. Technical, professional, science, creative, and ESL writing courses are not accepted.
      • The units in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences must include the following:
      One course in economics (either macro- or micro-); and
      One course in public speaking (communication theory and interpersonal communication courses are not accepted); and
      One course in psychology (introductory), or sociology (introductory), or cultural anthropology.
    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: A UCSF Supplemental Application is required as part of the application process. Invitations to complete the UCSF Supplemental Application will NOT be sent. Please visit our web page for additional information:
      • Deadline: 11/01/2016 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $80/$100
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

  9. Tests ↑ 

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

        Beginning this year, UCSF will require the PCAT. For more information on our PCAT requirement, visit our blog:

      • 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
    • 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? 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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 11/01/2016 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Important specific information for foreign students is available online:

      Students with non-US coursework must submit a World Educational Services (WES) evaluation along with original transcripts from the non-US institution. WES evaluations should be submitted to PharmCAS; non-US transcripts should be sent directly to our office. We will only accept evaluations completed by WES. We will not accept other evaluation services.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Four (4)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      UCSF requires at least 3 letters of reference. If a 4th letter is submitted, we will accept it. Although not a requirement, we would like to receive a letter from an individual who could speak about your academic abilities.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
    • Interview Dates:
      • January/February 
    • Details: 

      Interviews are by invitation only and are held in January/February on the UCSF campus. Details about the interview process are available on the web:

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? We are committed to notifying all interviewed candidates of their admissions status with our program by 4/1/2017
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Approximately 2 weeks from date of offer/acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $100
      • Due:  2 weeks from date of offer letter
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 9/12/2017 
      • Details: This is a tentative date. Exact dates will be provided to admitted students.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: (Tentative) 9/21/2017
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: