University of Wisconsin - Madison
School of Pharmacy

Due to the rolling admissions process, students are encouraged to apply early as interview dates begin to fill and space in the class begins to fill as the deadline approaches.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Jeremy Altschafl 
      • Assistant Dean of Admissions 
      • School of Pharmacy 
      • University of Wisconsin 
      • 777 Highland Ave 
      • Madison 
      • Wisconsin 
      • 53705 
      • Phone (Work): 608-262-6234 
      • Phone (Fax): 608-262-3943 
      • Email: 

      • Jannelle Frey 
      • Admissions Coordinator 
      • School of Pharmacy 
      • University of Wisconsin 
      • 777 Highland Ave 
      • Madison 
      • Wisconsin 
      • 53705 
      • Phone (Work): 608-262-6234 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  January 5, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    It can take up to 4 weeks for UW-Madison to receive submitted and verified PharmCAS applications. Please be sure to submit the required UW-Madison Supplemental application as well.

    • 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: 
      • Nonlicensure eligible B.S./M.S.
      • PharmD/M.S.
      • 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:
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy will be proud to celebrate its 135th anniversary in 2018. 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 housed in Rennebohm Hall and is a member of the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC). The HSLC provides an integrated learning environment where students have access to healthcare professionals and a network of hospitals (UW Hospital & Clinics, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, and American Family Children's Hospital). 

    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: and

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 230
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 140-150
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0 (or 3.2 over last 60 credits)
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No Minimum (Fall 2017 PCAT Applicant Avg 79 Composite)
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 39%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 61%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.5
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 20-41
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 72 (we accept students completing these 72 credits in 2 years)  108 
      General Biology (with labs)   12 
      General Chemistry (with labs)   12 
      Ethnic Studies/U.S. Diversity (Diversity Studies within the United States)  
      Elective Coursework (must have 72 semester hours by Fall 2018 (courses can be completed in the summer of 2018)   varies  varies 
      Organic Chemistry (with labs)   12 
      Calculus (integral & derivative)  
      Physics (with lab) - One Course 
      Microbiology (lab not required)  
      Statistics (any statistics course) 
      English Composition (Communication A for UW-Madison Students) 
      Social Science 
      Humanities (6 credits/2 courses) 
    • 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: ;



    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • 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 January 5, 2018 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: January 5, 2018 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $75
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

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


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2015
      • Details: 

        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. The PCAT must be taken prior to the application deadline, which is January 5, 2018. Your PCAT exam must be taken no later than January of 2018 for Fall 2018 admission.

      • 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 ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • 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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 1/05/2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      ECE and WES reports are accepted.

      VERY STRONG 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 from an accredited college/university within the United States.

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

  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: 

      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 2018 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
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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
      • Details: If you submit a Committee Letter, please discuss the situation with the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy Admissions Office.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: If you submit a Composite Letter, please discuss the situation with the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy Admissions Office.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • TBA (multiple interviews between September and February) 
    • Details: 
      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 the end of February.
      You cannot be invited to interview until after your application has been verified by PharmCAS, your Supplemental Application has been submitted, and all other required application materials are submitted.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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 late October of 2017 and into the Summer of 2018.
    • 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? Yes
      • Amount: $500 Total
      • Due: $200 is due two weeks after admission offer and an additional $300 is due after March 1
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • TBA 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 09/05/2018
    • 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.