Minnesota Program Materials

The University of Minnesota requires some materials unique to our program to be submitted through PharmCAS - you’ll find these in the Program Materials section of your PharmCAS application as long as you’ve designated Minnesota as a program to which you are applying.

Part of the program materials consist of additional applicant information we use in the review of applications, and some information we collect from prospective students and applicants to help improve our admissions outreach efforts. The other part of the program materials are our supplemental essay questions.

Application Processing Fee

The $75 University of Minnesota PharmD application processing fee is required for a complete application. The link to pay the application processing fee can be found within the Program Materials section of the PharmCAS application.

The fee may be paid online with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit card. If you received a PharmCAS application fee waiver, you are also eligible to waive the supplemental application fee but must contact us at pharmacy@umn.edu for instructions.

Essays

We urge you to draft your essay questions outside of PharmCAS - and draft them as early in the application cycle as possible to allow time for editing and revising. However, be aware of the character limits for each essay - when you paste your essays into PharmCAS, be sure they are not cut off! Treat these questions like you would a paper you are assigned to write at a university. Make sure your essays clearly communicate:

  • Why you want to pursue a career in pharmacy

  • How your experiences and strengths relate to your future career

  • Challenges in the profession

Some Tips on Writing and Revising Your Essays:

  • Draft your essays and then don’t read them for a week. You’ll return with a fresh perspective.

  • Ask family or friends to read your essays, but don’t tell them what you were asked to write about. When they’re done reading, what do they think you were assigned to write? If they can answer that question, then you’ve answers our questions! If they aren’t sure what your writing assignment was, you may not have addressed the essay prompts specifically enough.

Need help getting started on your personal statement or want a one-on-one consultation on a draft of your essay? Use the online workshop Personal Statements for a Health Program.

Required Essays

  1. You have already listed your leadership, volunteer, and extracurricular experiences on your PharmCAS application. Describe the contribution you made that was most meaningful to you. (Maximum 1000 characters, including spaces)

  2. Please share your career goals with a focus on where you hope to be in 10 years; consider factors such as the geographic area or population you hope to serve, a specialty you might be considering, the setting in which you hope to work, etc. Explain why. (Maximum 1700 characters, including spaces)

  3. Our admissions committee will also consider unique factors that will contribute to a diverse student body when making admissions decisions. Discuss how you will contribute uniquely to the diversity in the PharmD program and pharmacy profession. (Maximum 1700 characters, including spaces. Factors including but not limited to: academic, professional, or geographic background, race/ethnicity, first generation college student status, challenging or disadvantaged background, and ability in multiple languages)

Optional Essay

Provide any additional comments or information you would like the admissions committee to consider during the review of your application, such as causes of any academic difficulties or additional qualifications not already noted. (Maximum 1700 characters, including spaces)

Reapplicant Essay

For applicants reapplying to the PharmD Program ONLY: Please describe how you have changed and strengthened your application to our PharmD program. Include all relevant academic, work, volunteer, personal and pharmacy experience. (Maximum 1700 characters, including spaces)