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

2020 admissions cycle will open in July

The admissions filing period for entry in 2020 will open July 2019 and will close on Friday, November 1, 2019.

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 1, 2019. If you are offered admission, the Office of the Registrar will send you additional information 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 information.


Residence Deputy
Office of the Registrar
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.

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?
July 28 In Their Own Words: Troy
July 21 A Major Shift, Supplementally Speaking
Jan 26

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Oct 9

Transforming the UCSF PharmD Curriculum

Oct 6 PCAT: A Better Question To Ask
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Sep 6 Meet with us… in your pajamas!