Will you be a pharmacist with a keen scientific mindset and unmatched professional skillset—a pharmacist who:

  • Cares expertly and compassionately for the therapeutic needs of your patients?
  • Actively seeks and finds ways to improve the health of your patients?
  • Excels in the midst of high-speed changes in pharmacy and health care?

If yes, then the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program at UC San Francisco will prepare you well.

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  • Strong academic foundation of scientific thinking
  • Patient centered
  • Highly integrated progressive learning
  • Rigorous—three years, year round
  • Expert teaching faculty at the frontiers of science and practice
  • Graduates ready to build on their pharmacy expertise through advanced training

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  • Opportunities to grow through UCSF clubs, organizations, and activities
  • Support from experienced staff and comprehensive student services
  • San Francisco—one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world

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Next application deadline: November 1, 2021 for summer 2022 entry


Healthcare has changed so much and arguably is the single most important topic in the US right now. The pharmacist role has expanded far past the dispensing of a drug, ensuring that each patient, in a very individualized way, the goal is to be on the safest and most effective and most cost-effective therapy. That is true precision medicine.

We encourage you to ask questions, we want you to be curious, in order to stay interested, in order to stay engaged, you need to want to know why.

The combination of science and facilitation of collaboration has allowed the School of Pharmacy to benefit in many ways and it is a scientific way of thinking that actually supersedes everything.

I consider the art installation that's going up, it's being done at the appropriate time with the use of very few words, very carefully selected artwork. It states how we are different from every other school in the world and that is one that, a scientific way of thinking, a respect for the individualized therapy for every patient, and the empathy, it's all there in that artwork.

UCSF specifically really welcomes curiosity to find solutions. What we're focusing on here is making therapeutics the most precise they can be to be the most effective and safe in your body.

Questioning the status quo is the culture at UCSF.

One of things that made it stand out was the emphasis on diversity.

Patient centered, to me, means that there are a lot of options out there and you always have to be thinking what's best for each patient.

I read a lot of cool stuff, I read a lot of UCSF values. It's something I learned like my first day here and then I continuously see.

I really like the one that said change is opportunity.

I like curiosity is cool.

It just seems like it would be something that I would say.

Pharmacy problems are solutions waiting to be found. This is actually what we do.

If you have ambitions or dreams of being a pharmacist, if you want to be in an environment that is stimulating, that is cutting-edge, that are doing things no one else in the world is doing, this is the place to be. The students are our partners. You are pioneers and we're in this together and we're partners together.

There is no other pharmacy school experience that you'll get in the world.

You have a lot to consider when applying to pharmacy school. We have insights to share.

Get the inside scoop from Admissions Director Joel W. Gonzales in his blog, Reports From The Pharm. You’ll find helpful hints and information for prospective UCSF pharmacy students.

University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/664-3575; FAX, 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.