Requirements for Pharm.D. Application

Personal Statement

Part of the PharmCAS application is a personal essay, approximately one page in length, addressing why you selected Pharmacy as a career and how the Doctor of Pharmacy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. You should explain why you want to be a pharmacist and support this information with autobiographical details including pharmacy/health care work, volunteer experiences, related extracurricular activities, leadership roles, or any other important information.

Letters of Recommendation

Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. These letters may be from an employer, professor, supervisor of a community service project, etc.; however, they may not come from a family member, teaching assistant, co-worker, or friend. You will need to designate your evaluators as part of your PharmCAS application. Try to have an appointment with each of your evaluators to communicate the reason(s) you want to pursue a career in pharmacy and how your interaction with the evaluator is important for the application. You need to provide your evaluators enough time to submit their evaluation to PharmCAS.


Prospective students are expected to participate in activities to develop communication and leadership skills, as well as  knowledge of the pharmacy profession. These types of activities often include employment opportunities, pharmacy/healthcare shadowing or volunteer experiences, organizational memberships, community service.

Foreign Credential Evaluations

Students who have completed university education outside of the U.S. must submit credential evaluations and translations for review and consideration.  Transfer of course credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please see the Credential Evaluator’s List of acceptable agencies.


  • Standardized Tests - If taken, please submit the following official score reports to the Admissions Processing Center for consideration:  Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
  • English Proficiency - Students for whom English is not their native language must submit evidence of English proficiency.  Please submit one of the following English Language score reports to PharmCAS:  Test of English as a Foreign Language PBT / iBT or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) - The PCAT is no longer required for fall 2024 applicants.


Immediately following the completion and submission of your PharmCAS application, forward official transcripts and foreign credential evaluations (if you attended a university outside of the U.S.) directly to PharmCAS. Download the Transcript Request Form from PharmCAS and submit to ALL institutions attended. It is recommended to request that transcripts be submitted to PharmCAS early. All transcripts must be received by the March 1st deadline.

Foreign Coursework

Any applicant with foreign coursework (other than study abroad coursework taken through a US college) must provide an ECE or WES foreign coursework report for evaluation by the Office of Admissions.  Please contact the Office of Admissions ( to have questions answered.