How To Apply

Students applying

There are multiple paths to pharmacy school, but the following are the general steps to apply. We are here to help if you have questions about your unique situation! Below you’ll find our deadlines, application checklist and application requirement.  We also offer opportunities to discuss your application with our admissions staff. Visit our Contact Us page for more information.




Scholarship Deadline

To be considered for Fall 2019 admission AND to be eligible for scholarship consideration

Final Deadline

To be considered for Fall 2019 admission

  • PharmCAS application submitted

  • PharmCAS fee paid

  • All official transcripts and/or WES course-by-course foreign transcript evaluations received by PharmCAS

November 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time February 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time
  • All remaining application materials received by PharmCAS: 3 evaluations, official PCAT scores, official TOEFL scores, if applicable

  • University of Minnesota $75 application fee (paid directly to UMN using link within PharmCAS application)

December 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central time March 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Central time
  • Complete your interview (more information will be provided to applicants when they receive an invitation to interview)
January 11, 2019 Spring interview dates are TBD.

Required Application Materials

Required Application Materials

The following are all the parts required to apply for admission:

Online PharmCAS application

  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions (sent directly to PharmCAS)
  • WES course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation(s), if applicable
  • Official PCAT scores (sent to PharmCAS at code 104)
  • Official TOEFL scores, if applicable (sent to PharmCAS at code 8246)
  • Work experience (in the Experiences section of PharmCAS)
  • Volunteer and extracurricular experience (in the Experiences section of PharmCAS)
  • 3 evaluations (letters of recommendation)
  • University of Minnesota program materials (including supplemental essays)
  • University of Minnesota $75 application processing fee (paid directly to UMN via the link in PharmCAS)


  • An interview invitation is extended after the University of Minnesota receives a complete and eligible application



Application Process Overview

Application Process Overview

  1. Review our selection criteria because the more time you have to prepare, the stronger an application you can build!
  2. Make a plan to complete the prerequisites
  3. Consider options for work and volunteer experiences
  4. Take the PCAT
  5. Learn about the Minnesota PharmD - And don't forget to check back in on our selection criteria
  6. Submit an application via PharmCAS - Including your Minnesota program materials (available once you select our program in PharmCAS); see our supplemental essay questions here
  7. Interview
  8. Submit your campus preference
  9. Receive your admission decision
    1. If offered a seat: submit paperwork to hold your seat if you’re still considering our program within 2 weeks
    2. If offered a seat: by the tuition deposit deadline, make your decision about the school you wish to attend. If you choose Minnesota, pay your $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit online by 11:59 pm Central time on the day of the deadline