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Two Campuses, One Application

Applicants submit one application for the University of Minnesota PharmD program, and indicate their campus preference after Interview Day.  Learn more about each campus and visit Duluth or the Twin Cities at Preview Day.

Applicants are encouraged to read this website thoroughly for information on the application process, rolling admissions deadlines, prerequisites, and other important information on the admissions process.

Rolling Admissions

We use a rolling admissions process, which means that we review applications on a continuous basis once applications open until the final deadline. While we accept and review complete applications on a continuous basis, applicants are encouraged to complete their applications early; interview spaces and seats in the class can become limited as we approach the end of the cycle. Because PharmCAS does not release applications to schools until the verification process is complete, applicants should submit their PharmCAS application at least six weeks prior to our complete application deadline.

Applicants Must Meet the Following Deadlines for Fall 2019 Consideration

Deadlines for Fall 2019 Admission and Scholarship Consideration

  • November 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time - PharmCAS materials submitted
    This includes the PharmCAS application, PharmCAS application fee, and all official transcripts and/or course-by-course foreign transcript evaluations
  • December 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Central time - All remaining application materials submitted
    This includes the following: 3 evaluations (letters of recommendation), official PCAT scores (sent to PharmCAS at code 104), official TOEFL scores, if applicable (sent to PharmCAS at code 8246); $75 U of MN PharmD application processing fee (paid to U of MN using link within PharmCAS application)
  • January 12, 2019 - interview must be completed in order to remain eligible for scholarship consideration

Note: For students taking the October 22-November 2, 2018 PCAT examination, the following must be done in order to meet the priority scholarship deadline:

  • Submit an unofficial PCAT score and your score order report (confirming a score has been ordered for PharmCAS at code 104) to pharmacy@umn.edu prior to 11:59pm Central time December 1
  • Meet the deadlines listed above for all other items

Final Application Deadlines for Fall 2019 Admission

  • February 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time - PharmCAS materials submitted
    This includes the PharmCAS application, PharmCAS application fee, and all official transcripts and/or course-by-course foreign transcript evaluations
  • March 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Central time - All remaining application materials submitted
    This includes the following: 3 evaluations (letters of recommendation), official PCAT scores (sent to PharmCAS at code 2014), official TOEFL scores, if applicable (sent to PharmCAS at code 8246); $75 U of MN PharmD application processing fee (paid to U of MN using link within PharmCAS application)

Note: For students taking the February 1-14, 2019 PCAT examination, the following must be done in order to meet the priority scholarship deadline:

  • Submit an unofficial PCAT score and your score order report (confirming a score has been ordered for PharmCAS at code 104) to pharmacy@umn.edu prior to 11:59pm Central time March 1
  • Meet the deadlines listed above for all other items

Why are some deadlines in Eastern time and some in Central time?

PharmCAS offices are located on the east coast, while we are in the Central time zone. Because some of these deadlines involve automated processes, the time zone matters - be sure to keep this in mind! We advise NOT waiting until the last minute to apply, so that the time zones will not be an issue!

How Your Application is Reviewed

Once all application materials have been received, your application enters our review process. First, your application is reviewed for interview consideration according to the first seven selection criteria. If invited for an interview, the Admissions Committee will review your full application following the interview and make a decision according to all eight of the selection criteria, including the interview. The Admissions Committee is made up of eight faculty and five students from both campuses.

Requirements for Admission

Our PharmD program does not have minimum GPA or PCAT score requirements. Applicants are encouraged to review our website for guidance on preparing a strong application and information on the profile of previously admitted classes.

PharmCAS Application

The PharmCAS application for Fall 2019 admission is scheduled to open on or around July 18, 2018. The University of Minnesota supplemental application is integrated with PharmCAS.

Cooperative Admissions Guidelines

In an effort to allow applicants the time and ability to explore multiple pharmacy programs, several Big Ten programs are participating in the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines (CAG's). What does this mean for you? Applicants who receive an offer of admission to our program will not have to pay a tuition deposit until March 1, 2019! Here are additional details about the CAG's:

  • Prior to March 1, participating programs will not require a deposit of more than $200 (at the U of MN, we are not requiring any deposit prior to March 1); applicants may hold seats in multiple PharmD programs until March 1, at which point they may hold only one seat. 
  • After March 1, applicants may continue to interview. If offered admission after March 1, an applicant who had previously accepted another program's offer must withdraw from that program in order to accept the new offer.
  • Be sure to check the list of participating institutions on the PharmCAS School Pages.