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

Edgar Micua
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


Program Deadline (back to top)

Application Deadline for Program? November 1, 2019

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? Yes
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Quarter (4 terms per academic year)
Total # of PharmD seats filled in the last entering class: 127
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • Pharm.D./M.S.C.R. (Clinical Research)
  • 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)? 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

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.

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.

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 (back to top)

Total entering class size for current calendar year including early assurance advancing to the P1 year: 127
Number of early assurance students advancing to the P1 year in the current calendar year:

Program Criteria (back to top)

Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.8
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
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: 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
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 59  88 
Chemistry  General Chemistry with Lab  12 
Chemistry  Organic Chemistry with Lab  12 
Biology / Biological Sci  Biology with Lab  12 
Physiology  Physiology  
Microbiology  Microbiology with Lab 
Math  Calculus 
Statistics  Statistics 
English Composition / Writing  English Composition  
Social/Behavioral Sci  Humanities and/or Social Sciences (must include particular courses. See website for more detailed information:  19  28 

Additional Information

For detailed information on UCSF Prerequisite Requirements, visit:">

In order to be eligible for admission, you must satisfactorily complete a minimum total of 88 quarter units (equivalent to 59 semester units) of academic course work at another college. Our prerequisites are a part of this required minimum number of units.

You may be in the process of completing the prerequisites when you submit the application, but all prerequisites must be satisfactorily completed by July 1 of the year of entry into the program.

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Link to Supplemental Instructions:
Supplemental Application fee: $80.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

UCSF Application Processing Fee:

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


Link to PCAT information on institutional website:

Beginning with applicants applying in 2019 (for entry in summer 2020) and beyond, the PCAT is not required, rather it's optional. For example, this could apply to students at or near the minimum 2.80 GPA requirement or students who completed science prereq coursework more than seven years ago. Questions? We encourage you to contact our staff. For information on the PCAT as an option, visit our blog:

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
  • Foreign (non-US) Citizens
  • 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

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.

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:

UCSF requires at least 3 letters of reference. If a 4th letter is submitted, we will accept a fourth letter. Although not a requirement, we would like to receive a letter from an individual who could speak about your academic abilities. 

Please indicate your LOR type requirements.

  • Clergy: Conditionally Accepted

  • Co-Worker: Conditionally Accepted

  • Employer: Conditionally Accepted

  • Faculty Advisor: Conditionally Accepted

  • Family Member: Not accepted

  • Friend: Not accepted

  • Health Care Professional: Conditionally Accepted

  • Pharmacist: Conditionally Accepted

  • Politician: Conditionally Accepted

  • Pre-Health Advisor: Conditionally Accepted

  • Professor (Liberal Arts): Conditionally Accepted

  • Professor (Math): Conditionally Accepted

  • Professor (Science): Conditionally Accepted

  • Supervisor: Conditionally Accepted

  • Teaching Assistant: Conditionally Accepted

What is your college/school policy on committee letters? Conditionally Accepted
Details: We will accept committee letters. If you plan to submit a committee letter, please contact our office so we can help you better understand how committee letters meet our requirement.
Does it count as more than one LOR? Varies
What is your college/school policy on composite letters? Conditionally Accepted
Details: We will accept composite letters. If you plan to submit a composite letter, please contact our office so we can help you better understand how composite letters meet our requirement.
Does it count as more than one LOR? Varies

Interviews (back to top)

Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

Interviews are by invitation only and are held in January 2020 on the UCSF campus. Details about the interview process are available on the web:

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

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


Amount: $100
Refundable? No
First day of classes and/or matriculation: 07/20/2020