University of California, San Francisco

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

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

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


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:
  • Other
  • If Other, please list: Quarter (four 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: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
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 UCSF PharmD is a multifaceted and compassionate leader in pharmacy, with a scientific mindset and a limitless future.

UCSF’s 3-year year-round PharmD program prepares ambitious minds for diverse and dynamic careers in pharmacy and beyond. We inspire inquisitive students to think creatively from fresh perspectives and to fearlessly approach new challenges in pharmacy and across health care.

Our rigorous program applies a scientific mindset across all coursework. It delivers strong, essential science and therapeutics knowledge, a patient focus, and new ideas at the frontiers of research and practice not found anywhere else. This highly integrated combination equips students to excel professionally amid rapid advancements and changes in science and health care. Most of our graduates continue to residency programs and other advanced training, increasing their leadership contributions to health care, science, industry, and policy. We encourage this.

From our home in the San Francisco Bay Area, and at the world’s leading university focused on health, our students care for—and learn from—diverse patient populations and evolve into patient-centered clinicians. UCSF PharmD graduates, equipped with a scientific mindset and an unmatched professional skillset, are transforming health care for patients and communities through pharmacy.

UCSF students experience the PharmD program through coursework that enables them to: build core knowledge, explore the latest in science and pharmacy practice while developing their own inquiry skills, and experience pharmacy practice firsthand.

At UCSF, students learn in an unrivaled environment marked by:

  • a leading faculty
  • a campus focused on science and health
  • a sole academic focus on graduate-level education, and
  • a collaborative spirit

Students are surrounded by individuals who inspire and challenge them to excel.

For more information on our PharmD program, please visit

For more information on applying to our program, please visit

For insight into our admissions process, visit our Admissions Director’s blog at

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 280
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 127
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 127
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: 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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 30%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 70%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.50
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-38 years old
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 5:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 59
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: 88
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 59  88 
General Chemistry with Laboratory (See website for more detailed information:  12 
Organic Chemistry with Laboratory   12 
Biology with Laboratory   12 
Microbiology with lab 
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.
  • Microbiology: must include lab
  • Calculus: 1 courses is required.
  • Statistics: 1 course 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.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: A UCSF Application Processing Fee is required as part of the application process. Invitations to submit the UCSF Application Processing Fee will NOT be sent. Please visit our web page for additional information:
Deadline: 11/01/2018Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $80/$100
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?



The PCAT is required for all applicants applying in 2018 for entry in 2019. [Beginning with applicants applying in 2019 (for entry in summer 2020) and beyond, the PCAT is not required, rather it's optional. If you believe the PCAT provides evidence of your academic preparedness for the UCSF PharmD program, you are encouraged to take the PCAT and submit your scores to PharmCAS. For example, this could apply to students at or near the minimum 2.80 GPA requirement or students who completed science prerequisite coursework more than seven years ago. If you have questions, we encourage you to contact our admissions staff.] For more information on the PCAT as an option, visit our blog:


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? 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 AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 11/01/2018 Received by deadline

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.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:



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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • January 2019

Interviews are by invitation only and are held in January 2019 on the UCSF campus. Details about the interview process are available on the web:

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? We are committed to notifying all interviewed candidates of their admissions status with our program by 3/1/2019
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?


Amount: $100
Due: 2 weeks from date of offer letter
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • 7/24/19
First day of classes and/or matriculation: (Tentative) 7/29/2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No