Admissions Process

For all steps in the application process, it is your responsibility to follow all instructions and meet all deadlines. Failure to do so might result in your application being canceled. It is highly recommended that you apply early to ensure that all of your application materials are received by the appropriate deadline.

PharmCAS – Regular School Application deadline is January 2021

Preparing to complete the Application

We recommend that you review the application process completely before entering data or filling out forms so that you’re aware of all the information you need to gather and how much time the entire process will take. Visit the PharmCAS Web site at and review the “Before You Apply” tab. Then review the Checklist, PharmCAS Instructions, and the Applicant Code of Conduct links. Review the time line for the application process: Admissions Calendar

Complete Pre-professional Courses and Minimum Eligibility Requirements:Math & Science course requirements must be completed by the end of spring term of year of admission and all other courses must be completed before the fall term. 

Register to take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test): Visit the PCAT web site for registration deadlines for test dates and register as early as possible since the test sites have a limited number of examinee seats for each exam date. Register to take the PCAT (recommended test dates include July and/or September, October/November) and have your scores sent to PharmCAS, code 104. Applications are not complete until PCAT scores are received. Only completed applications are eligible for review for an interview invitation. NOTE: January PCAT scores will not be received until after interviews are offered.

Completing the Application Process

PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service): This is a service that enables you to generate one primary application that can be submitted to multiple PharmD degree programs. For the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy the application must be electronically submitted on or before midnight Eastern Standard Time on the January 2021 deadline.

To eliminate any unforeseen problems, it is recommended that you submit your application early; sometime between November 1 and December 1. This will ensure eligibility to update fall grades and if any issues arise, they can be investigated and resolved before the deadline.

After electronically submitting the PharmCAS application for the PharmD program, there are follow-up steps that applicants must address to be certain that all the required documents (such as transcripts to PharmCAS) have been received on time.

Please utilize the PharmCAS status tool that provides information on the following:

  • GPA calculation,
  • Date PCAT scores are received,
  • Date transcripts are received,
  • Date payment is received, and
  • Date references are received