Application Cycle

Application Cycle

The PharmCAS application cycle begins in mid July 2016 for Fall 2017 enrollment. You may start your PharmCAS application as soon as it is available. The Early Decision deadline is September 6, 2016. The first regular application deadline date  is November 1, 2016 and the last regular application deadline is March 1, 2017. The PharmCAS application cycle for the 2017 Entering Class will officially close on June 1, 2017, unless otherwise announced. PharmCAS will begin to forward complete applications to Pharm.D. programs in August 2016. Participating Pharm.D. programs will report admission decisions to applicants and PharmCAS throughout the application cycle

What Happens Next?

Review the PharmCAS Checklist to ensure you have fulfilled all requirements. PharmCAS will consider your application complete and begin to process it once the following materials are received:

  • Complete PharmCAS application
  • Sealed official transcripts mailed directly from every regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary degree program attended *, AND
  • The correct PharmCAS application fee

Also send letters of reference, foreign transcript evaluation reports, and test scores (PCAT and TOEFL) to PharmCAS by the application deadline, if required by your designated Pharm.D. program.

Your designated Pharm.D. programs may also require you to send additional fees and/or application materials directly to the Pharm.D. program, such as such as supplemental applications, references, and official transcripts. Failure to submit all required materials as instructed may jeopardize your eligibility for admission consideration.


PharmCAS will process your application once you submit your completed application, required fee, and all official transcript(s) to the Service. PharmCAS processing may take up to four weeks once all required materials are received.

Once your application is complete, PharmCAS will verify the accuracy of your application materials, compare your original transcripts to the self-reported course information on your application, calculate your PharmCAS GPAs, and submit your application to each of your designated pharmacy degree programs.

PharmCAS will begin to forward complete applications to Pharm.D. programs by August of 2016. (PharmCAS will not determine if an applicant has met the minimum course requirements or is eligible for admission to a particular Pharm.D. program.) Your designated Pharm.D. program may contact you about your application within a few weeks after receiving your application or only after the Pharm.D. program deadline has passed, depending on the program’s policy.

Participating Pharm.D. programs will report admission decisions to applicants and PharmCAS throughout the application cycle.


Check your application status on-line! To view the real-time progress of your file, login to your PharmCAS application and review the Status box on the right side of the screen.

Do not call or email PharmCAS until you have read the instructions, checked your status on-line, reviewed your email account for any PharmCAS messages, and read the FAQ section.
If you still have questions, contact PharmCAS staff. Provide your PharmCAS ID Number and name in all communication. Allow up to 3 business days for PharmCAS to respond to your inquiry. PharmCAS will only discuss a file with an applicant and the applicant’s designated Pharm.D. programs. Staff will not discuss an application file with a parent, spouse, relative, friend, or employer. Hours: Monday-Friday (9am-5pm Eastern Time)

P.O. Box 9109
Watertown, MA 02471
TTY line: 617-612-2060*

*Email is the preferred contact method for PharmCAS customer service.

PharmCAS will make every attempt to process your application in a timely manner. At the same time, you are responsible for submitting your application and ALL other related materials to PharmCAS so they are received before the earliest deadline date established by your designated Pharm.D. programs. PharmCAS processing may take up to four weeks after your application, transcripts, and fee are received. PharmCAS is not responsible for any materials lost in the mail or for delays caused by the registrar’s office.


After the initial submission of your completed PharmCAS application, you may only make changes to the following items:

  • Full Legal Name
  • Alternate Name
  • Permanent Mailing Address
  • Current Mailing Address
  • Phone Numbers
  • Email Address
  • Fax Number
  • Password: Not transmitted to your designated Pharm.D. program
  • Designate Additional PharmCAS Programs: No substitutions or deletions.
  • Planned Coursework: One-time changes during the Academic Update only
  • New Fall Courses Completed: One-time changes during the Academic Update only
  • Reference Contacts: You may not delete an evaluator from your application once PharmCAS receives the evaluator’s reference


If you wish to withdraw your application from consideration from one or more Pharm.D. programs in pharmacy, you must contact the Pharm.D. program directly.


PharmCAS application fees are non-refundable. PharmCAS does not issue refunds for withdrawn applications or missed deadlines.


PharmCAS will not accept requests to substitute or delete Pharm.D. program choices or refund application fees. If after delivering your PharmCAS application, you wish to rescind your application to a particular Pharm.D. program, contact the program directly to remove your application from consideration.


You may apply to additional pharmacy programs after submission of your PharmCAS application. To apply to additional programs, log onto your PharmCAS application and designate additional Pharm.D. programs. Do NOT create a new PharmCAS application to add new designations. PharmCAS must receive the appropriate fee for each additional pharmacy program you select. You cannot apply to a particular Pharm.D. program after the application deadline date has passed.


On a dynamic basis, Pharm.D. programs will receive reports regarding the number of offers of admission made and number of offers of admission accepted for those applicants the Pharm.D. program shares with another Pharm.D. program. Your designated Pharm.D. program will know how many offers of admission you have received and how many offers of admission you have accepted at other Pharm.D. programs. Pharm.D. programs will not know how many applications you have submitted. They will also not know whether you were denied admission to another Pharm.D. program or be informed of any other admission actions made by other Pharm.D. programs, except offers of admission made or accepted.


You are encouraged to make a final decision related to your matriculation as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to adhere to any deadlines for acceptances established by the Pharm.D. programs to which you have been offered admission. You should refer to the appropriate Pharm.D. program page for instructions on deadlines, documents, and deposits that may be required to formally accept an offer of admission.

Pharm.D. programs establish their own policies for applicants who have accepted multiple offers of admission, and reserve the right to require that an accepted applicant formally decline other admission offers before finalizing their own offer. If you have questions, contact your selected degree programs directly.


If you are offered and accept an offer of admission to a Pharm.D. program, you may be required to submit a second set of official transcripts from every college/university you have attended directly to the Pharm.D. program prior to matriculation. PharmCAS cannot forward transcripts to a Pharm.D. program to fulfill this institutional requirement.


Pharm.D. programs may continue to make offers of admission to wait-listed applicants after June 1, 2017. A Pharm.D. program that has placed an applicant on a wait-list will not have access to that applicant’s admission status at other Pharm.D. programs. Wait-listed applicants should contact the appropriate school directly for specific information on that Pharm.D. program’s wait-list policy.


Click here to view the PharmCAS “Step-by-Step” Checklist

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