Admissions Step 1: Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to have your application materials accepted for review, you must be able to first verify that you meet certain minimum eligibility requirements. Applicants who do not meet these requirements, or who are unable to provide the verification necessary, will not be considered for admission and their applications will be administratively canceled.

1. Grade point average requirement

To be eligible to apply, applicants must have a minimum, cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.80 as calculated by PharmCAS as of the UCSF PharmCAS application deadline. For information about GPA ranges of admitted students, see About the Students.

2. Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

The PCAT is required for admission into the program. The PCAT exam should be taken in time for your scores to be delivered to PharmCAS by the November 1 application deadline. (Note: For 2018, we will accept October/November 2018 PCAT scores. We ask that you email us directly with your unofficial scores as soon as you receive them, so that we can process and review your application. Once PCAT provides your official scores to PharmCAS, we will update our records with your official scores.) For more information on the PCAT requirement, visit our blog.

3. Academic prerequisites

All prerequisites must be satisfied with course work approved by the Office of Student and Curricular Affairs and must be completed prior to July 1 of the year of entry into the program. (You may be in the process of completing the prerequisites when you submit the application, but all prerequisites must be satisfactorily completed prior to July 1 of the year of entry into the program.)

Verifying your prerequisite course work

It is your responsibility to verify if your course work is approved to meet our prerequisites. See Verifying Your Prerequisite Course Work.

4. Intern license requirement

If offered admission, you must be able to secure and maintain a valid intern pharmacist license with the California Board of Pharmacy.

5. Criminal background check

All students offered provisional admission will be required to complete a criminal background check prior to final admissions decisions.

6. Technical standards requirement

Upon admission, admitted students will affirm that they have reviewed and agree that they are capable of meeting the School of Pharmacy’s technical standards with or without accommodations.

There are no exceptions to these requirements.

Next step: Step 2: The Application