COVID-19 info for 2021 and 2022 applicants

Pass/Fail grades

UCSF School of Pharmacy does not have a policy regarding pass/fail grades. We have always dealt with this issue/question on a case-by-case-basis. At this time, we will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context. We are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by UCSF School of Pharmacy to choose the graded option, nor do you need our approval. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

Online courses/labs

Many undergraduate schools have moved to online instruction during the pandemic. UCSF School of Pharmacy will accept online courses/labs if they are offered by the school at which the candidate was enrolled prior to the current crisis. For students who are beyond undergraduate school, we will accept online courses/labs undertaken to meet prerequisites regardless of the institution, as long as it is regionally-accredited. If you are uncertain about the suitability of your specific plans, please contact us at [email protected] prior to enrolling in the course.


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

2021 admissions cycle will open in July

The admissions filing period for entry in 2022 will open July 14, 2021 and will close on Monday, November 1, 2021.

Application process

The application process consists of four steps:

  1. Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  2. The Application
  3. The Interview Process
  4. After Applying

Non-California resident?

Learn how residency affects you.

When submitting your application, you must indicate your legal state of residence as of November 2, 2020. If you are offered admission, the Office of the Registrar will send you more info and materials used to determine what your residency status will be upon entering UCSF. This status will be used to assess your fees and/or tuition which are set according to residency.

Out-of-state residents

United States citizens and Permanent Residents of the United States who are legal residents of other states may apply for California residency after residing in California for one year. Since UCSF is a state university, California residents pay significantly lower fees and are not assessed non-resident tuition.

International applicants

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States (or if you're not sure), see Applying Without U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status for important information including fee information, what additional materials you must submit with your application, and how to request a review of course work taken outside of the United States.

Undocumented students

UCSF welcomes applications for admission from undocumented individuals, such as those who qualify under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and/or AB540. Please visit UCOP for more info.


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UCSF Box 0244
San Francisco CA 94143

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Admissions Director Joel W. Gonzales provides insight 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.

Mar 30 2022-23 Pharmacy Post-Bac Program Application Now Open!
Mar 30 In Their Own Words: Sam
Oct 19 3 or 4 Letters: The Dilemma
Oct 4 Finishing Up Those Prereqs!
Oct 4 In Their Own Words: Winter
Aug 11 In Their Own Words: Mari
Aug 11 Join us online this fall! Register for the Virtual Pharmacy School Fair now!
Dec 11 2019 and Beyond: PCAT No Longer Required
Dec 10 PCAT - A Better Question To Ask (2018 Edition)
Aug 27 Our September 12 meeting is scheduled! See you there?

Image credits: Elisabeth Fall, Hawkeye Photography, © Majed