Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Application

Yes, applicants must submit an application through PharmCAS.

Yes, UCI requires that you also apply through the UCI Graduate Division.  To avoid duplication and more effort on your part, please reuse as many statements, documents and materials as you plan to submit through PharmCAS.  


Note that the statement of purpose is similar to the personal statement. You may use the same letter writers for both applications.

The personal history section is optional; however, we encourage any applicant who would like to be considered for scholarships to complete this section.  Please use this section to explain how you may meet merit, financial need, and/or diversity criteria (see the UC statement on diversity).

Both PharmCAS and UCI Graduate Division have their own application fee waiver processes.  Since they have their own criteria, it is possible that you may qualify for one and not the other.

Any specific admissions questions may be directed to the PharmD Admissions Office at

No, we do not require the PCAT.

Yes, a Bachelor’s degree is required.  If you have any questions or concerns about this requirement, please reach out to the admissions office.

No, we will consider applicants with any undergraduate major as long as they complete all the prerequisite courses with the minimum grade requirement.

A minimum grade of a C is required.

Typically, all courses must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to starting the PharmD program.

No, a single course cannot be counted twice for prerequisites.

Online courses taken during the spring, summer, and fall of 2020 will be considered.

The preferred cumulative GPA for admission is 3.0 or above.

We plan to enroll 60 students each year.

 No, we will not be participating in Early Decision for the 2020-2021 admission cycle based on the ACPE accreditation timeline we are on for pre-candidate status.  Also, Early Decision through PharmCAS will no longer be offered after this admission cycle.

 April 1, 2021 is the application deadline, but we encourage you to apply before this date.

Yes, we will be offering rolling admissions for our charter class. 

We encourage applicants to seek letters of support from those who can evaluate their academic ability, communication skills, work, research, or volunteer experiences, and personal characteristics. Examples of people who may be able to address these areas in detail include professors, mentors, academic advisors, employers, or volunteer supervisors. Letters from family members or friends are not suitable.

Admissions Interviews

We plan to begin interviewing in December and will continue interviewing through the Spring Quarter.

Consistent with University of California system-wide practices, including UC Schools of Medicine, UC Schools of Pharmacy at San Francisco, San Diego and Irvine will conduct remote/virtual admissions interviews for the 2020-2021 academic year for all candidates invited to interview. More information will be sent to students prior to their scheduled interview date.

 Applicants generally choose to wear professional attire, however we do not have a dress code requirement.

Financial Aid

We will be offering a limited number of "need-based", "merit-based", and "diversity-based" scholarship opportunities.

UC Statement on Diversity:

Experiential Requirements

Many of our rotations will take place at the UCI Medical Center. Students will also benefit from a diversity of rotations in Southern California.

ACPE Accreditation

The Pharm.D. program is in the process of accreditation with two required agencies, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). 


ACPE: The University of California, Irvine School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Granting of Precandidate status brings no rights or privileges of accreditation as associated with either candidate status or accredited status. Precandidate status indicates only that planning has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurance of moving to the next step, that of Candidate status. Since Precandidate status does not create any rights of accreditation under the ACPE standards, it is the opinion of ACPE that graduates of programs of Colleges or Schools of Pharmacy that bear Precandidate status do not meet the educational requirements for licensure. For an explanation of the ACPE accreditation process, consult the office of the Dean or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.


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WSCUC: Approved as of November 30, 2020


Licensure and Certification Disclosure.

Pharmacy Residencies

UCI Medical Center has several residencies you can apply for.