Graduate Admissions

Application Requirements

General Information

Please note that the Divisions of Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmacology/Toxicology do not admit applicants for study only. Applicants to these divisions should apply for a Ph.D. Students entering our program have at least a baccalaureate degree in a discipline such as pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry, biological science or pharmacy administration. Some students have a masters in these disciplines.

The MS with concurrent residency in the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice and all programs in the Division of Pharmacotherapy admit only U.S. trained and licensed Pharm.D. graduates. The Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice offers a MS without concurrent residency to applicants without a PharmD, but most students apply for the doctoral program. Please contact the Pharmacy Graduate Coordinator if you have further questions.

All applicants are automatically considered for financial support in the form of teaching or graduate research assistantships or fellowships. A separate financial aid application is not needed.

*Pharm D. applicants (those wanting to become pharmacists) should complete the steps for professional student application.

Evaluation of Applicants

Each division in the College of Pharmacy is responsible for selecting its students. The application review is holistic and takes into account all aspects of the application materials. The divisions are particularly impressed by evidence that applicants are sincerely motivated, communicate well, and can show evidence of leadership ability.

No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by The University of Texas, on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including, but not limited to, race, color, national origin, religion, sex or handicap.

Credentials of most successful College of Pharmacy graduate school applicants exceed the minimum University requirements listed below. Admission is highly competitive and not all qualified applicants are admitted. Minimum application requirements include:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited United States institution or proof of equivalent training in a foreign institution.  For questions regarding degree eligibility, please consult the Graduate and International Admission Center (GIAC).

  2. A 3.0 (B) grade point average on all upper-division (junior and senior) and graduate-level coursework previously taken. 

  3. Please note that although UT Austin does not have a minimum GRE score, the most competitive applicants have verbal scores of 75% or higher and quantitative scores of 70% or higher. We do consider students with scores lower than this, but only if all other materials are excellent.

  4. Adequate subject preparation for the proposed graduate major.

  5. Acceptance by the Admissions Committee of the proposed major area (Pharmacy).

International Student Information

Many of our successful international applicants have an M.S. degree and publications in biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutics or another relevant science. Successful international applicants to the Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice often have an M.S. degree in Pharmacy Administration. An applicant's file cannot be considered until all application materials have been received.

Applicants from foreign countries not only must be eligible for admission to The University of Texas at Austin, and the College of Pharmacy, but must also prove, through examination, that they possess sufficient knowledge of English to comprehend the course of study. Written and spoken English abilities of entering students are assessed by the International Office during orientation. If that office recommends that a student enroll in Intensive English Communication courses, those courses will be REQUIRED by the College of Pharmacy.

The University of Texas at Austin maintains an International Office with advisers to assist international students with orientation to the campus and to answer questions regarding immigration status, academic matters not specifically within the province of academic advising, financial aid, health insurance, housing, legal questions, employment, income tax and social security regulations.

The Graduate and International Admissions Center

GIAC has the final word in admission requirements for admission to the University's graduate school programs and international admissions. For more information about admissions, please visit GIAC.

Last Reviewed: December 18, 2014

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