This section describes the admissions cycle and application process for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program at the UCSF School of Pharmacy.

2016 admissions cycle will open in July

The admissions filing period for fall 2016 admission will open July 2015 and will close on Monday, November 2, 2015.

Application process )

The application process consists of four steps:

  1. Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  2. The Application
  3. The Interview Process
  4. After Applying

Nondiscrimination policy statement

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy1, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services2. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.

  1. Pregnancy includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.
  2. Service in the uniformed services includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services.

Notice of equal opportunity

The University of California in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, mental and physical disabilities, or age in any of its policies, procedures, or practices; nor does the University discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, University programs and activities, including but not limited to, academic admissions, financial aid, educational services, and student employment. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal opportunity policies may be directed to the UCSF Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity. Telephone: 415-476-4752.

Students with disabilities

Services for students with disabilities at UCSF are coordinated by Student Disability Services (SDS). Students must self-identify and register with SDS in order to access accommodations at the School of Pharmacy. Accommodation plans and services are individually designed to match the disability-related needs of each student for their course or program with a goal to provide equal access to all aspects of the University environment. Accommodations are determined with consideration of documented need as described in disability documentation and student self-report, historical accommodations and services received, and the technical and academic requirements of the course or program. Typical accommodations might include (but are not limited to) test-taking arrangements, note taking services, alternate format media, ASL interpreters or real-time captioning, accommodations for the clinical environment, and accessible parking. For more information, please contact Student Disability Services, 120 Millberry Union West, UCSF, San Francisco, CA 94143-0376; 415-476-6595;

Information Practices Act of 1977

The State of California Information Practices Act of 1977 requires the University to provide the following information to applicants for admission who are asked to supply information about themselves. The principal purpose for requesting information is to process your application for admission. Maintenance of this information is authorized by University policy. Furnishing certain information requested on this application is specifically noted as optional or voluntary. There is no penalty if you do not complete these items. Furnishing information that is not designated voluntary or optional is mandatory. Failure to provide such information will delay or may even prevent completion of the admissions process. Information furnished on this application may be used by various University departments for admissions and other student-related purposes, such as housing and financial aid. This information will be transmitted to the state and federal governments if required by law. The official responsible for maintaining the information contained on this application is Admissions Director Joel W. Gonzales (415-502-5368,

Get the inside scoop!


Admissions Director Joel W. Gonzales tells it like it is in his blog Reports From The Pharm. Nothing in the blog is required reading for the application process, but you’re likely to find valuable tips that can ease your journey.

Feb 12

Pharmacy Information Days 2015: It must be Spring!

Feb 11

Wanted: Eager Pre-Pharmacy Students!

Jan 13 I got the interview! Eeeks! I'm scared. Now what?
Nov 5 Hey, I applied. Now what?
Nov 1 UCSF Supplemental Application Link
Oct 30

Don’t Be Afraid

Oct 24 The Magic 28
Oct 23 Reading instructions: It can make all the difference!
Sep 8 Entering Students Offer Advice to Applicants & Prospective Students: 2014 Edition

Aug 27

Virtual Pharmacy School Fair: Meet us in space!

Aug 24

Fall Preview Sessions: Register to attend now!

Aug 23

2014 Application Presentations Scheduled!

About the students )

  • What does the admissions committee consider?
  • What are the average grade point averages?
  • How many are accepted?
  • What are their ethnicities?

About the program )

  • What is the curriculum?
  • What is our student life like?
  • What are some of our student organizations?
  • What combined degree programs are offered?
  • What financial aid is available?
  • What is housing like?

About the post-bacc program

The Interprofessional Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program is a year-long program for those who have completed the required undergraduate coursework but feel they need a stronger academic foundation to be more competitive in applying to pharmacy school.

About residency )

  • What if I’m not a California resident?
  • What if I’m not a United States resident?

Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 is part of the Higher Education Act. The goal of the Clery Act is to ensure that students, prospective students, parents, and employees have access to accurate information about crimes committed on campus and campus security procedures. More info:

Request a speaker )

Learn how to invite a UCSF School of Pharmacy representative to visit your organization to meet prospective students, provide admissions information, and answer questions.