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. Please be aware that each program handles the process in a slightly different manner, but 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.

Plan Ahead

Begin preparation 12 months in advance of your desired term. For example, if you hope to be admitted for entry in fall 2019:

  • Spring or summer 2018: Schedule the date for your GRE (and TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants).
  • August-September 2018: Ask your recommenders for letters. Attach all credentials to the online application before submitting it.
  • September-November 2018: Review your application online to ensure that ALL requirements arrive on or before our deadline of November 30, 2018.
  • December 2018: 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 2019 is the next opportunity to be considered for admission, and November 30, 2018 is the deadline for submitting an application. All requirements must arrive by the deadline. We 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. 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 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

Official scores can either be transmitted by ETS or you may attach a scan or screenshot of your official notification.

Preferred minimum scores:

  • Verbal: no minimum
  • Quantitative: 80%
  • Analytical Writing: 3.5

Use the following code to help ETS direct your GRE scores to your application:

  • Institution code: 6874 - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul)

Test Scores: TOEFL or IELTS

Required for all applicants whose native language is other than English.*

*TOEFL/IELTS may be waived if you have been a full-time student for at least two semesters at a U.S. college or university.

Official TOEFL scores can either be transmitted by ETS or you may attach a scan or screenshot of your official notification. IELTS cannot be transmitted by ETS so must be attached to your application.

Preferred TOEFL minimum scores:

  • Reading: 19
  • Writing: 21
  • Listening: no minimum
  • Speaking: 23
  • TOTAL: 100

Required IELTS minimum scores:

  • Reading: 6.5
  • Writing: 6.5
  • Listening: no minimum
  • Speaking: no minimum
  • OVERALL: 6.5

Use the following code to help ETS direct your TOEFL scores to your application:

  • Institution code: 6874 - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul)


Attach a Personal Statement that describes your immediate and long-range career objectives in Pharmaceutics.

A Diversity Statement is optional.

Other Materials

Resume/CV, writing sample, and description of research are optional.

Feel free to include a description of teaching or research experiences, published papers, thesis abstract, courses you have taught, and/or honors earned. You can add these additional items in the Graduate Program Additional Material section of your online application.


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

Application Fee

Learn more about the application fee.