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 "C 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 completed anytime from Spring 2020 to Summer 2021 are acceptable. Please contact if you have any other questions related to online courses.

The preferred cumulative GPA for admission is 3.0 or above.

We plan to enroll 60 students each year.

No, we do not have a priority deadline. However, student applications will be evaluated as they are received. We encourage all applicants to apply early since we have a rolling admissions process.

February 1, 2022 is the application deadline, but we encourage you to apply before this date.

Yes, we will be offering rolling admissions.

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.

With the PharmCAS and UCI Graduate Division applications requiring similar materials, we strongly recommend you notify individuals writing your letters of recommendation that they will receive requests from both systems.

Admissions Interviews

We plan to begin interviewing in October and will continue interviewing through the spring.

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 "social impact" scholarship opportunities.

All admitted students must complete a FAFSA for the entering academic year.

UC Statement on Diversity:

AB-540 students do not complete the FAFSA application for graduate school. Please refer to the California Dream Act Application, An additional resource is:

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

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC): Approved as of November 30, 2020


Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE): Precandidate status approved as of February 2021. 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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Pharmacy Residencies

UCI Medical Center has several residencies you can apply for.