Social & Administrative Pharmacy Graduate Program Admissions

All materials are submitted electronically through the Graduate School online application system. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants using this system.

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A decision for admission notice will be emailed to you once your application is carefully reviewed by the graduate program’s admission committee and your transcripts and any credentials (test reports, diploma copies, etc.) are authenticated by Graduate School officials. You can expect a decision by late March or early April. Because of enrollment limitations, applicants meeting admission requirements may be placed on a waiting list and will be notified as space becomes available.

Application Deadline February 1

Since financial assistance is normally decided in the spring, applications should be received by February 1, for fall admission.


Applicants for the program must possess a U.S. Bachelor's degree or a comparable foreign degree from a recognized college or university. In general, preference will be given to candidates who have had professionally-related education, but individuals from other fields such as biology, chemistry, statistics and public health will be considered.

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Required Information

In addition to the Graduate School application and the departmental supplemental applications (PDF), three letters of recommendation are required by the department. The three letters of recommendation should be from people who can reflect on the applicant's academic work or professional experiences. Recommendation letters must include the full name of the student, and the full name, address and telephone number of the person providing the recommendation. Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. Please refer to the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency page for a full list of methods to demonstrate English language proficiency.

The Graduate School prefers an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) for admission. Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency.

Application Checklist

The following should be completed online at the Graduate School website

  • Graduate School Application
  • Application fee: amount stated in the Graduate School Application:
  • Unofficial transcripts from each college or university you have attended, including the University of Minnesota
  • Supplementary application form
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official test scores: English language proficiency test is required for international applicants: TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB. The GRE is optional.


Application to the Graduate School and the SAPh program are completed online at the Graduate School website. There is a required application fee.

Instructions for Completing Supplemental Form
Complete the form from within your web browser and Upload to in the Graduate School ApplyYourself: You must complete and print the entire document before logging out of Adobe Acrobat. You cannot save an incomplete form. If you log out before the form is completed, you will lose your work. To print the form, be sure that the cursor has been clicked outside the text boxes. The information you've entered on the form may not print if the cursor is activated inside any text box.

Financial Aid

Graduate assistantships, fellowships and loans are the primary sources of support for graduate study. A limited number of assistantships and fellowships are available in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. Financial Aid decisions are made once a student has been admitted to the program. Students who obtain a graduate assistantship of at least 25 percent can receive a tuition benefit (and health insurance) equal to twice the percentage of their appointment in the semester of the appointment.

Applications for assistantships and fellowships are made through the department office. For additional information on Financial Aid, the University operates an Office of Student Finance.


The University is in a large metropolitan area with adequate housing available for both married and single graduate students.

Information about University of Minnesota housing can be found at Housing and Residential Life.

Equal Opportunity

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Equal Opportunity Statement
The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or handicap. In adhering to this policy, the University abides by the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, by Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and by other applicable statutes and regulations relating to equality of opportunity.

Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 419 Morrill Hall, 100 Church Street SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-9547), or to the Director of the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Washington, DC 20202, or to the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210.

The Graduate School embraces the University of Minnesota's position that promoting and supporting diversity among the student body is central to the academic mission of the University. A diverse student body enriches graduate education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching, and the development of new knowledge. A diverse mix of students promotes respect for, and opportunities to learn from, others with the broad range of backgrounds and experiences that constitute modern society. Higher education trains the next generation of leaders of academia and society in general, and such opportunities for leadership should be accessible to all members of society. The Graduate School and its constituent graduate programs are therefore committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities through recruitment, admission, and support experiences, and cultivate the leaders of the next generation.

Direct program inquiries to:

Director of Graduate Studies
Social & Administrative Pharmacy
Joel Farley, PhD, Professor
7-159D Weaver-Densford Hall
University of Minnesota
College of Pharmacy
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA

Telephone: 612-624-9624

Graduate Program Coordinator
Social & Administrative Pharmacy
Katherine Goffin, MBA
7-155 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455