University of Wisconsin
School of Pharmacy

Even though UW-Madison will accept all applicants who have SUBMITTED both the PharmCAS and Supplemental applications by November 3, we encourage applicants to submit the PharmCAS application at least 3 weeks prior to the deadline.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  November 3, 2014

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    It can take 3 weeks for UW-Madison to receive mailed and verified PharmCAS applications after submission. Receiving a PharmCAS application by November 3 allows admissions to begin reviewing earlier.

    • 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.S.
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: We require 68 credits of pre-pharmacy work which can be completed in 2 or 3 years, depending on issues like credit load, AP/IB test credits, and summer course completion.
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • 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 University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy will be proud to celebrate its 130th anniversary in 2013. Established by the Wisconsin legislature in 1883, UW-Madison was the first pharmacy school in the country to offer postgraduate work leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmacy, and remains a leader in the development of innovative teaching techniques and programs to assist pharmacists around the world in maintaining their professional competencies. The School of Pharmacy is part of the Center for Health Sciences, and is housed in Rennebohm Hall, the new state-of-the-art pharmacy building. There are a number of School of Pharmacy student organizations and more than 650 student organizations on campus.


    The mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy is to educate, train, and maintain competency of highly-skilled pharmacists and scientists; to create, transmit, and apply new knowledge based on cutting-edge research in the pharmaceutical, social, and clinical sciences; and to enhance the quality of life through improved health for the people of Wisconsin and the global community. The mission of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy is to prepare students to provide high quality pharmaceutical care that has the patient as its focus and optimal drug therapy and health as its goal. The program stresses knowledge of the chemical, biological, social, and clinical sciences that underlie pharmacy, an understanding of the relevance of that knowledge to patient care, and the skills to apply that knowledge to specific care circumstances.


    The program promotes the development of analytical thinking, problem-solving abilities, communication skills, professional ethics, social responsibility, professional citizenship, the ability to adapt to changes and respond to challenges in health care, and a commitment to lifelong learning.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 275
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 135
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 135
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 40
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 42%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 58%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.6
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 275
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 100
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 40
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.00 (or 3.2 over last 60 credits)
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No Minimum (Fall 2013 PCAT Applicant Avg - 80 Composite)
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 21-42
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 68 (we accept students completing these 68 credits in 2 years)
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 45 (aprox)
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 102
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 68 (we accept students completing these 68 credits in 2 years)  102 
      General Biology (with labs)   12 
      General Chemistry (with labs)   12 
      Behavioral Science (General/Social Psychology)  
      Ethnic/Diversity Studies (Diversity Studies within the United States)  
      Elective Coursework (must have 68 semester hours by Fall 2013 (courses can be completed in the summer of 2013)   0-11  0-20 
      Organic Chemistry (with labs)   12 
      Calculus (integral & derivative)  
      Physics (with labs)   12 
      Microbiology (lab not required)  
      Statistics (any statistics course) 
      Communication A (English Composition)  
      Social Science (Sociology/Anthropology)  
    • Additional Information: 

      Microeconomics is required (Macroeconomics will not fulfill requirement).

      Ethnic Studies requirement must include U.S. issues/material.

      "Communication A" requirement is usually an English Composition Course

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Supplemental Application will be available about two weeks after the PharmCAS application is released. It can be accessed any time after it is opened and can be submitted at any time on or prior to the November 3, 2014 deadline. No invitation is needed to complete the application. The supplemental application can be found at:
      • Deadline: 11/03/2014 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $56
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2012
      • Details: 

        The PCAT must be completed/taken on or prior to the application deadline of November 3, 2014. 

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        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 recommended.

      • 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.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

  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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 11/03/2014 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      ECE and WES reports are accepted.

      Preference is given to International Applicants who have completed at least 12 semester credits at an accredited college/university in the United States.

  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
    • Institution Specific Details: 


      1. 3 Letters of Recommendation. Three PharmCAS letters of recommendation are required. Electronic submission is strongly preferred. 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 2014 admission will not be available until June, 2013.
        Letter of recommendation requirements:
      2. 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
    • 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
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • January 8,9 2015 
    • Details: 
      Interviews are by invitation only. Invitations will be offered by mid December and will take place at the School of Pharmacy on January 8, 9. 2015 (if selected, you will be invited to one of these two dates).  Please clear your schedules so you can attend the interview if invited. All interviews are scheduled during the two dates above.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Mid March
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Usually two weeks after official offer of admission
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Usually two weeks after admission offer
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Week of August 25, 2014 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 09/02/2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests for deferred entrance considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Admissions Office for more details