Deadlines and Early Decisions

Important information about Early Decision and Deadlines can be found below. Please carefully review the sections!

Early Decision


Notice to Future Applicants:

Early decision will no longer be available in PharmCAS beginning in the 2021-2022 admissions cycle for applicants applying for fall 2022 enrollment.

Early Decision Deadline: SEPTEMBER 8, 2020

Some participating Pharm.D. programs offer “Early Decision” (ED) status through PharmCAS. The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular program is their first choice. Early Decision applicants can apply to only one program. Contact your selected pharmacy program directly for information on Early Decision eligibility requirements.

The Early Decision application deadline is September 8, 2020. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of your official transcripts and fee by September 8. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your file from Early Decision status to regular status.

You may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status. If you are offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, you are expected to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other programs in PharmCAS during the current admission cycle. If, however, you are denied admission as an Early Decision applicant or moved to regular (non-Early Decision) status by the program, you may apply to other Pharm.D. programs for an additional fee. Refer to the PharmCAS application fee schedule to determine the cost to apply to each additional program. On October 26, 2020 PharmCAS will automatically release all Early Decision applicants who have not been accepted to date, so they may apply to additional programs, as desired.

On rare occasions, there may be extenuating circumstances that could affect an applicant’s ability to accept an Early Decision offer and/or enroll in a Pharm.D. program. Please contact the pharmacy institution directly, if a situation arises.

Late Materials and Missed Deadlines

PharmCAS encourages applicants to submit all materials early and before the early decision deadline to allow for any unexpected issues. PharmCAS cannot extend the early decision deadline for any applicants or schools.

Early Decision Programs for 2021 Enrollment

Visit the PharmCAS School Directory to view the list of programs participating in Early Decision.


Apply Early! Participating PharmCAS programs encourage applicants to submit applications at least two weeks before their school application deadlines to avoid congestion due to heavy applicant and Internet traffic.

PharmCAS processing may take up to two weeks, once all required materials are received. Submit your PharmCAS application and arrange for materials to arrive at PharmCAS by the program's deadline. The deadline indicates when materials must arrive at PharmCAS (and not the program). Programs may have multiple deadline dates or operate on a rolling admissions basis. Visit the PharmCAS School Directory for details.

Application Close Time

All PharmCAS deadlines expire at 11:59 pm Hawaii Time (HT). Review the time zones to determine when the application will close in your area:

  • 11:59 pm (HT)
  • 1:59 am (AKT)
  • 2:59 am (PT)
  • 3:59 am (MT)
  • 4:59 am (CT)
  • 5:59 am (ET) 

Program Deadlines

To determine the application deadline for schools you are interested in applying to, please refer to the PharmCAS School Directory. Below are the PharmCAS deadline date options for programs in the 2020-2021 cycle:

  •     November 2, 2020  
  •     December 1, 2020  
  •     January 4, 2021
  •     February 1, 2021  
  •     March 1, 2021  
  •     April 1, 2021  
  •     May 3, 2021  
  •     June 1, 2021  

Late Materials and Missed Deadlines

A program may deny your application if your transcripts or other materials arrive late. If you submit your application by the program’s deadline, PharmCAS will release your application to your selected programs, even if your materials arrive after the deadline. PharmCAS is not responsible for any materials lost in the mail or for delays caused by the registrar's office. Express or certified mail does not guarantee expedient processing, nor does sending transcripts express or certified mail guarantee receipt by PharmCAS. 

Deadline Extensions

Contact the program directly to request a deadline extension. Programs are not obligated to grant deadline extensions or give consideration to applicants who submit late application materials. You have 48-hours to complete and submit your PharmCAS application once the deadline extension is granted. If you fail to e-submit your application in that time, you must contact the program directly to request a second 48-hour deadline extension. Programs are not obligated to grant deadline extensions or give consideration to applicants who submit application materials after the school application deadline.