University of Houston

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Morgan Ely
Director of Pharmacy Admissions

Student Services Center

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University of Houston College of Pharmacy
4849 Calhoun, Room 3044
Houston, Texas 77204-5000

Phone (Work): 713-743-1291


Program Deadline (back to top)

Application Deadline for Program? June 1, 2020

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Satellite/Branch Campuses:
Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (2 terms per academic year)
Total # of PharmD seats filled in the last entering class: 125
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.B.A
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-3
Is a Baccalaureate degree required or preferred for admissions? Not Required
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)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No

Program Description (back to top)

University of Houston College of Pharmacy (UHCOP) combines the opportunities & experiences of the Texas Medical Center's world-class healthcare community with resources of the University of Houston, Texas' premier urban teaching and research university, to offer the best possible education. We have 2 locations, UH main campus, in Houston,TX, and Doctor’s Hospital Renaissance (DHR) in Edinburg,TX.

UH main campus has 2 large stadium-style classrooms, active learning classrooms, compounding and sterile products lab, OSCE suites, and state-of-the-art pharmacology, pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry core labs. We feature active-learning technologies, including patient simulation, patient-care & research labs.

The optional RGV Satellite Pgm is based on a 3+1 model, with Years 1-3 (with the possible exception of the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences) in Houston and Year 4 at DHR in Edinburg. Learn more about RGV:

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Pharm.D. curriculum:

Infectious Diseases research lab

Student Outreach: Community Health Fairs

Program Statistics (back to top)

Total entering class size for current calendar year including early assurance advancing to the P1 year: 125
Number of early assurance students advancing to the P1 year in the current calendar year: 0

Program Criteria (back to top)

Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.0
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.0
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 73
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 43
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 73   
Biology I  Biology I lecture with lab   
Biology II  Biology II lecture with lab   
Microbiology  Microbiology lecture with lab   
Biology / Biological Sci  Genetics lecture   
Chemistry  Chemistry I lecture with lab   
Chemistry  Chemistry II lecture with lab   
Chemistry I (organic)  Organic Chemistry I lecture with lab   
Chemistry I (organic)  Organic Chemistry II lecture with lab   
Math  Calculus I   
Statistics  Statistics   
Physics  Physics I   
Psychology  Introduction to Psychology OR Introduction to Sociology   
Other  Government/Political Science I*   
Other  Government/Political Science II*   
Other  American History I*   
Other  American History II*   
English Composition / Writing  English I*   
English Composition / Writing  English II*   
Humanities  Language, Philosophy and Culture*   
Other  Creative Arts*   
Other  Writing in the Disciplines (Institutional Designated course)*    

Additional Information

All prerequisites must have a letter grade no less than a "C" (2.0 GPA) to be accepted. A grade of 'Pass' will also be accepted.

Repeated course grades are averaged, not replaced. All Science and Math prerequisites must be completed by end of Spring 2020 semester.

The Biology I & II lecture/lab series may be met by taking BOTH Botany lecture/lab, AND Zoology lecture/lab courses designed for science majors. If Biology I lecture/lab is taken, Biology II lecture/lab should be completed at that same institution to complete the Biology I & II lecture/lab series. It is NOT permissible to take either Botany lecture/lab or Zoology lecture/lab at one institution, then take Biology I lecture/lab or Biology II lecture/lab at another institution.

*Applicants are exempt from certain courses if core curriculum is complete from an accredited public Texas college/university OR have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. college/university prior to the fall 2020 semester.

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Link to Supplemental Instructions:
Details: Supplemental Application and fee must be processed by September 3, 2019 for Early Decision applicants, and by January 6, 2020 for Regular Decision applicants. The Supplemental Application and fee ($100) to be submitted online to the UH College of Pharmacy by posted application deadlines.
Supplemental Application fee: $100.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

Here is the link to the supplemental application:

As PharmCAS processing may take several weeks, applicants should apply early and submit the UHCOP Supplemental Application as soon as they get a PharmCAS ID.

The UHCOP Supplemental Application consists of:

  • $100.00 nonrefundable Supplemental Application Fee (MC, Visa, Discover, AMEX)
  • Residency Questionnaire (documentation may be required)
  • Important Disclosures
  • Technical Standards
  • Certification Page

Mail application materials (i.e. high school transcript, international transcript(s), etc.) to this address:

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Student Service Center
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
4849 Calhoun Road, Room 3044

Houston, Texas 77204-5000 

The PharmCAS ID MUST be provided with any supplemental materials sent to UHCOP.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


Link to PCAT information on institutional website:

The average PCAT composite of the accepted class was 79%. A 50% is preferred.

September 2019 PCAT is accepted for Early Decision applicants.

Regular Decision Applicants must take the PCAT no later than July 10, 2020. 

Preliminary PCAT Score Reports are accepted if uploaded to the PharmCAS account shortly after the test-date. To learn more, go to:

Offers of acceptance are dependent upon receipt of Official PCAT scores.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores:


Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Do you accept or require other admission tests:


Do you require accepted applicants to have CPR certification prior to matriculation: No

Residency (back to top)

Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Are foreign citizens considered (excluding Canadian citizens)? Yes
Eligible citizenship type for admission:
  • US Citizens
  • US Permanent Residents
  • US Temporary Residents
  • Canadian Citizens
  • Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., DACA students)
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

To have international courses considered for Pharm.D. prerequisite courses, applicants are REQUIRED to provide all the following items by the August 1st Priority Deadline:

  1. UHCOP Supplemental Application & fee
  2. Official, sealed international transcript(s) (mailed directly to UHCOP)
  3. Syllabi and/or catalog course descriptions (uploaded to PharmCAS in the Program Materials Section under Documents)
  4. A course by course evaluation performed by World Education Services, Inc. (submitted to PharmCAS)

Mailing Address
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Student Services Center
University of Houston College of Pharmacy 
4849 Calhoun Road, Rm 3044 
Houston, TX 77204

UHCOP will only review international courses after the PharmCAS and UHCOP Supplemental Application have been submitted. There is no guarantee requests received after August 1, 2019 will be processed.

No Pharm.D. course credit is granted from international courses.

A valid Social Security number is required for acceptance.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference) (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) required by your institution? Yes
Number of LORs required: Three (3)
Institution Specific Details:

LORs from family members and close friends are NOT accepted. Three LORs are required from the acceptable choices indicated below. All Letters of Reference must be from individuals residing in the U.S.

Please indicate your LOR type requirements.

  • Clergy: Not accepted

  • Co-Worker: Not accepted

  • Employer: Required

  • Faculty Advisor: Required

  • Family Member: Not accepted

  • Friend: Not accepted

  • Health Care Professional: Not accepted

  • Pharmacist: Required

  • Politician: Not accepted

  • Pre-Health Advisor: Required

  • Professor (Liberal Arts): Required

  • Professor (Math): Required

  • Professor (Science): Required

  • Supervisor: Required

  • Teaching Assistant: Required

What is your college/school policy on committee letters? Conditionally Accepted
Details: A Committee letter consisting of letters from several individuals can serve as one to three (1-3) LORs.
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
What is your college/school policy on composite letters? Conditionally Accepted
Details: A Composite letter consisting of letters from several individuals can serve as one to three (1-3) LORs.
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

Interviews (back to top)

Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

Remaining 2020 admission cycle interviews will be online computer-based video conference, through Zoom.

The day consists of the following:

  • Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), which assesses non-cognitive skills.
  • An individual written exercise (computer-based).

  • An informational session covering key features of the program, four-year curriculum, and financial aid.

  • A student panel session, with current Pharm.D. students and faculty.

  • A brief building tour.

The interview day lasts about 5 hours.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $400.00
Refundable? No
Details: While not refundable, a portion of the deposit is applied toward the tuition and fees for the fall semester.
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/10/2020
Web link or URL of your institutional web page: Pharm.D. Orientation is mandatory and occurs Monday through Friday, the week before fall classes begin.