PharmD Program

As the #3 ranked pharmacy school in the U.S., we prepare students to become the medication expert on the healthcare team.

Learn more about our program

Our program is offered on both of the college's campuses - Duluth and the Twin Cities. It's not a satellite program. Rather, we have faculty located on both campuses, and during classes connected by ITV, instructors are co-teaching from both campuses. To learn more, visit our campus profiles. For our admission process, we practice holistic admissions and utilize rolling admissions.

What is Holistic Review?

Holistic review means that our admissions committee considers more than just academics; all aspects of an application are carefully reviewed against our selection criteria, which include academics, experiences, skills, and attributes. We don't use formulas or minimum GPA or PCAT scores* to make admission decisions. We encourage applicants to explore the admissions statistics of our most recent incoming class to determine how competitive their application may be.

*Minimum TOEFL score for non-native English speakers.

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One Application; Two Campuses

When you apply, you apply to our program. Campus assignment occurs after the admissions committee determines whether or not to admit an applicant.

What is Rolling Admission?

Rolling admission means that applications are reviewed continuously throughout the admissions cycle, with admission decisions being sent after each interview day. By late winter or early spring, our class on one or both campuses may fill, so we strongly encourage applicants to apply early in the admissions cycle. For example, at our first interview day, 100% of our seats are open. But in the past, all our seats have been offered and a waitlist has been established by the time our last few interview days occur.

Our admissions committee makes its decision whether or not to admit an applicant based solely on our selection criteria, rather than whether or not we have room in the program. Seats in our program are offered to admitted applicants on a “first come, first served” basis, so applying later in the cycle increases the risk that our class will already be full. For example, at the end of the admissions cycle an applicant could be deemed admissible by the admissions committee, but we are unable to offer a seat in our program to the admitted applicant unless and until someone else withdraws from their seat.

Accepting an Offer of Admission and Paying a Tuition Deposit

The University of Minnesota has signed onto a voluntary agreement among many pharmacy schools across the U.S. called the Cooperative Admissions Guidelines (CAG). The purpose of CAG is to allow applicants time to hear back from multiple schools before they are required to pay a large tuition deposit. Participating schools may require up to a $200 deposit prior to March 1, 2023 to hold a seat in a program, but the University of Minnesota has opted to require no deposit to hold a seat prior to March 1, 2023. We want applicants to feel no pressure and have the time to thoughtfully consider their options and explore different programs. We believe the strength of our PharmD program will differentiate us from other offers of admission applicants will receive.