University of Wisconsin - Madison

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Jeremy Altschafl
Assistant Dean of Admissions

School of Pharmacy

University of Wisconsin-Madison
777 Highland Ave
Madison, Wisconsin 53705

Phone (Work): 608-262-6234

Jannelle Frey
Admissions Coordinator

School of Pharmacy

University of Wisconsin-Madison
777 Highland Ave
Madison, Wisconsin 53705

Phone (Work): 608-262-6234


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: February 1, 2019

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:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
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)

As one of the nation’s leading PharmD programs, the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy offers an innovative Doctor of Pharmacy program that will give you a competitive advantage and prepare you for pharmacy leadership and career success.

Home to a Tier 1 research university ranked 6th in the country for patents and research spending, you can access the vast resources available on the UW–Madison campus to pursue all of your interests, personal and professional.

Discover the Wisconsin difference at:

World-class Education

  • Ranked 9th in the country as a top pharmacy school by U.S. News & World Report
  • Get advanced clinical training and hands-on experiential learning to develop the critical skills needed for exemplary patient care
  • Learn from renowned faculty and leading pharmacy practitioners, including preceptors who have been named Master Preceptor by AACP
  • Take part in innovative interprofessional programs on a leading health sciences campus to learn and collaborate with the medical, nursing, veterinary, and other health sciences students
  • Practice and learn at partner network of major hospitals, including three hospitals within walking distance
  • Access more than 2,000 clerkship rotations in five states and eight countries
  • Gain global experience with one of the largest global health programs in the nation
  • Dive into interdisciplinary research opportunities at one of the top pharmacy schools in NIH research funding within a premier research university

Outstanding Outcomes

  • Top 5 in the nation for residency matches
  • 94% job placement within 90 days of graduation among those seeking employment
  • Average starting salary of more than $106,000 among those seeking employment
  • Among the top in the nation for licensure exam pass rates at 99% NAPLEX first-time pass rate
  • Largest alumni network in Wisconsin

Join the thousands of successful Pharmacy Badger alumni who launched their pharmacy career at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 275
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 220
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 130
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:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: We do not have an explicit minimum GPA requirement. The GPA range for the entering class Fall 2018 was 2.8-4.0. The average GPA for the Fall 2018 entering class was 3.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No Minimum. The average PCAT for the Fall 2018 entering class was a 77% composite.
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 34%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 66%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.5
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-40
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 72 (we accept students completing these 72 credits in 2 years)
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 41 (approximate)
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 108
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 72 (we accept students completing these 72 credits in 2 years)  108 
Calculus (integral & derivative) 
General Chemistry (with labs)  12 
Organic Chemistry (with labs)  12 
General Biology (with labs)  12 
Physics (with lab) - One Course 
Microbiology (lab not required) 
Statistics (any statistics course) 
English Composition (Must be completed at an accredited college/university in the U.S.) 
Social Science 
Ethnic Studies/U.S. Diversity (Must be completed at an accredited college/university in the U.S.) 
Humanities (6 credits/2 courses) 
Elective Coursework (must have 72 semester hours by Fall 2019 (courses can be completed in the summer of 2019)  varies  varies 

Additional Information

The Ethnic Studies (U.S. Diversity) requirement must provide a critical examination of discrimination against ethnic/racial minorities in the U.S., AND/OR focus on the history, experience, or traditions of ethnic/racial minorities in the U.S.


International applicants must complete Ethnic Studies (U.S. Diversity) and English Composition at an accredited college/university within the United States.


For additional information regarding prerequisite courses, please visit:



AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: The Supplemental Application for UW-Madison will open shortly after the PharmCAS application is available. All applicants will need to submit the Supplemental Application by the February 1, 2019 application deadline. No invitation is required to access and submit the Supplemental Application. Applicants can begin the supplemental application as soon as they have a PharmCAS ID. Both applications can be worked on and submitted concurrently. The Supplemental Application is entirely online and can be accessed at:
Deadline: February 1, 2019Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $75
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

The Supplemental Application is entirely online and can be accessed at:

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January 2016

We strongly encourage early decision applicants to take the July PCAT, but we will also accept the September PCAT for early decision applicants.

We encourage regular applicants to take the PCAT early as we participate in early decision and rolling admissions. We will accept the February 2019 PCAT for Fall 2019 admission.

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



The TOEFL is REQUIRED for applicants whose native language is not English who have not completed at least 60 semester credits in the U.S. (within the past 24 months) at the time of application. 

Minimum TOEFL score of 100 is required.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Applicants must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations after being accepted.


All PharmD students must complete the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) training as well as the Safety Infection and Control Training prior to beginning the PharmD program.


The University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy requires all PharmD students to complete the American Heart Association’s Healthcare Provider CPR course and to maintain this certification throughout the program. Incoming PharmD students are encouraged to take a CPR class here at the School of Pharmacy during orientation. Students are responsible for the cost of the CPR course.

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
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? 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
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: February 1, 2019 Received by deadline

Only WES reports are accepted.

Preference is given to International Applicants who have completed at least two semesters at an accredited college/university in the United States.

All International Applicants must complete our English Composition and our Ethnic Studies (U.S. Diversity) prerequisites at an accredited college/university within the United States.

 To view the additional requirements for international applicants, please visit: 

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
Institution Specific Details:

3 Letters of Recommendation. Three PharmCAS letters of recommendation are required. You will need to designate your evaluators as part of your PharmCAS application. All applicants must use PharmCAS recommendation forms. PharmCAS recommendation forms for Fall 2019 admission will not be available until the PharmCAS Application is opened.

Letter of recommendation requirements:

  • Three (3) total letters on PharmCAS forms
    • One of the three letters must be from a college-level math or science instructor (professor, lecturer, teaching assistant)
    • One of the three letters must be from a non-academic setting (work/volunteer supervisor)
    • The third letter can be from anyone EXCEPT:
      1. Politician
      2. Friend
      3. Family Member
      4. Co-Worker (equal in standing)
      5. Clergy Member

For additional information on the required letters of recommendation, please visit:

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
Details: If you submit a Committee Letter, please discuss the situation with the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy Admissions Office.
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
Details: If you submit a Composite Letter, please discuss the situation with the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy Admissions Office.

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • Interviews monthly from September through March
Interviews are by invitation only. After your application is complete and verified, the Admissions Committee will conduct a full review of your application and supporting documents. After this review and within approximately 2 weeks, you will receive your interview decision. Interviews will take place at the School of Pharmacy from September to March.
Applicants will not be invited to interview until after their application has been verified by PharmCAS, their Supplemental Application has been submitted, and all other required application materials are submitted.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Applicants will receive their admission decisions approximately 3-4 weeks after the interview. Acceptance letters are sent October 2018 through July 2019.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks after the official offer of admission
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500 Total
Due: $200 is due two weeks after admission offer and an additional $300 is due on March 1
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • Week of August 26, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: September 4, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes