Application and Admissions

The Graduate Program in Pharmaceutics seeks top applicants from a wide range of disciplines such as pharmacy, physical chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, pharmacology, computer science, and biostatistics.

Application Process Overview

Applying to a graduate program can be a lengthy endeavor, so it is helpful to understand how the process works. The general sequence of events is as follows:

You will submit your application materials into the online application system. The system will guide you through each step. When all requirements have been received, your file will undergo a formal appraisal by the Pharmaceutics department faculty. This typically occurs in December through March, and occasionally continues into April. Incomplete applications cannot be evaluated. Your patience is appreciated while each application receives a careful and thorough review. Decisions will be made at the earliest possible time, and applicants may be placed on a waiting list for admission. You will receive communications from both the Pharmaceutics department and the Graduate School admissions office.

Visit the Graduate School website for help on checking your application status.

International applicants can also find additional help on the International Student Resources page.

Plan Ahead

Begin preparation 12 months in advance of your desired term. For example, if you hope to be admitted for entry in fall 2021:

  • Spring or summer 2020: Schedule the date for your GRE (and TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants).
  • August-September 2020: Ask your recommenders for letters. Attach all credentials to the online application before submitting it.
  • September-November 2020: Review your application online to ensure that ALL requirements arrive on or before our deadline of November 30, 2020.
  • December 2020: Pharmaceutics faculty will begin to evaluate completed applications.

After you submit the application, it is important to periodically check the status online and monitor your email for communications from the Graduate School Admissions Office. If anything is missing, they will send you a message.


Fall 2021 is the next opportunity to be considered for admission, and November 30, 2020 is the deadline for submitting an application. All requirements must arrive by the deadline. Due to the cohort nature of our program, we highly prefer that graduate students start in the fall semester.


Glossary of Terms

  • ETS - Educational Testing Service 
  • GPA - Grade Point Average
  • GRE - Graduate Record Examination
  • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing System


Access the online application

Make sure all requirements and supplements are attached before submitting your online application.

Academic History

Attach a legible scan or download from each college or university you have attended, including current institution if applicable. Each must include your name, the institution's name, and the courses for which you have enrolled.

Do not send official (paper) transcripts at this time. These will be required only if you receive and accept admission.

Visit the Graduate School website for transcript help.

Preferred minimum undergraduate GPA

  • U.S. institutions: 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Foreign institutions: First Class or the equivalent

Test Scores: GRE (Fall 2021)

Revised September 15, 2020

GRE scores are not required, and will not be reviewed, for Fall 2021 admissions.

Test Scores: TOEFL or IELTS

Required for all applicants whose native language is other than English. Applicants who have completed post-secondary coursework in certain English-speaking countries are exempt from providing exam scores or additional proof of English proficiency.

The exam date must be within two years of graduate program start date.

Official TOEFL scores must be transmitted by ETS and it is highly recommended that you also attach a scan or screenshot of your official notification. IELTS cannot be transmitted electronically so you must both mail and attach an electronic copy to your application.

*Due to the closure of testing centers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pharmaceutics Graduate Program will do its best to accommodate late TOEFL and IELTS test scores from prospective students for Fall 2021 admission consideration. Applicants can submit their initial application materials and then email test scores to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Katie M. James, at as soon as they become available.

Visit the Graduate School website for English language proficiency help.

Required TOEFL mimimum scores:

  • Reading: 19
  • Writing: 21

Preferred TOEFL minimum scores:

  • Listening: no minimum
  • Speaking: 23
  • TOTAL: 100

Required IELTS minimum scores:

  • Reading: 6.5
  • Writing: 6.5
  • OVERALL: 6.5

Preferred IELTS mimimum scores:

  • Listening: no minimum
  • Speaking: 6.5

If you are sending TOEFL scores via ETS, use Institution Code 6874 - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul). Please allow 4-6 weeks for scores to be sent and matched to your application.

If you are sending IELTS scores via mail, request your official score reports from the appropriate testing center using the following mailing address:
Graduate School Admissions Office
University of Minnesota
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

When attaching a scan or screenshot of your TOEFL or IELTS official notification, go to the Materials portion of the application and attach your file in the Graduate Program Additional Material section.



  • Personal Statement: Describe your immediate and long-range career objectives and your areas of research interest in Pharmaceutics.


  • Diversity Statement: Write a statement that identifies the distinctive qualities, characteristics, and life experiences you would contribute to the Pharmaceutics graduate program and to the education of fellow University of Minnesota students.
  • Extenuating Circumstances Statement: If you would like to provide an explanation of circumstances that contributed to your test scores or GPA.
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing Sample: Abstracts, papers, articles, etc.
  • Description of Research
  • Graduate Program Additional Material: Description of teaching or research experiences, courses you have taught, honors earned, etc. You can also upload and attach electronic copies of your GRE, TOEFL, and/or IELTS score reports.


Recommendations should come from three (3) individuals who have direct knowledge of your experience and capability, such as a professor or direct supervisor.

Visit the Graduate School website for recommendation letters help.

Application Fee

Visit the Graduate School website for more information on the application fee.