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 requirements.  We also offer opportunities to discuss your application with our admissions staff. Visit our Contact Us page for more information.

Deadlines

Deadlines

Deadlines to apply for Early Decision admission and scholarship consideration

  • July 11-12, 2019: PCAT testing window
  • September 3, 2019 at 11:59pm Eastern time: PharmCAS application and all application materials received by PharmCAS, and all application fees paid to PharmCAS and University of Minnesota
  • September 28, 2019: interview completed

Deadlines to apply for Fall 2020 admission and scholarship consideration

  • November 1, 2019 at 11:59pm Eastern time: PharmCAS application, including Minnesota program materials, submitted; PharmCAS fee paid; all official transcripts and/or WES course-by-course foreign transcript evaluations received by PharmCAS
  • December 2, 2019 at 11:59pm Central time: all remaining application materials received by PharmCAS (3 evaluations, official PCAT scores, official TOEFL scores if applicable); University of Minnesota $75 application processing fee paid
  • January 10, 2020: interview completed

Final deadlines to apply for Fall 2020 admission

  • February 3, 2020 at 11:59pm Eastern time: PharmCAS application, including Minnesota program materials, submitted; PharmCAS fee paid; all official transcripts and/or WES course-by-course foreign transcript evaluations received by PharmCAS
  • March 2, 2020 at 11:59pm Central time: all remaining application materials received by PharmCAS (3 evaluations, official PCAT scores, official TOEFL scores if applicable); University of Minnesota $75 application processing fee paid
  • April 2020 (exact date TBA): interview completed

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 supplemental application

Interview

  • Complete and eligible applications are reviewed for an interview invitation. Applicants are notified of an interview decision typically within 10 business days.

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
  7. Complete the University of Minnesota supplemental application (once you designate our program in PharmCAS, we will provide access); see our supplemental essay question here
  8. Interview (applications are reviewed for an interview invitation)
  9. Submit your campus preference
  10. 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