Our deadline for Early Submissions is August 31st, 2022
Our deadline for Regular Cycle is December 1st, 2022
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Contact Information

Our deadline for Early Submissions is August 31st, 2022
Our deadline for Regular Cycle is December 1st, 2022
UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
9500 Gilman Drive
Mail Code 0657
La Jolla
United States

Program Application Deadline

December 1, 2022
Our deadline for Early Submissions is August 31st, 2022
Our deadline for Regular Cycle is December 1st, 2022

Program Information

Full Accreditation
Quarter (3 terms per academic year)
* 4
Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s)

Last Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/MPH (Public Health), PharmD/PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Dual Pharm.D./ Ph.D. Program
Information for Prospective Students
The program is a unique joint effort between the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Biomedical Sciences and Graduate Program on the UC San Diego Health Sciences Campus with emphasis on Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Development. For more information, please visit our website: https://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/degree-programs/dual-pharmd-phd-program

Program Description

The curriculum prepares students to be leaders in the profession of pharmacy and provides the tools to effectively practice in a variety of existing and potential roles in academia, hospitals, clinics, long-term facilities, home care, government, health policy, the pharmaceutical industry and innovative community practice settings. The emerging fields of pharmacogenomics and bioinformatics will have a profound influence on the future practice of pharmacy and graduates will be in an excellent position to bring these advances to the patient care setting. Essential to the ability to self-educate oneself as the profession undergoes tremendous change in the future is a strong understanding of the basic biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. The curriculum is designed with the basic philosophy that all health science students, both medical and pharmacy, require a common base in the biomedical sciences. To this end, pharmacy students take courses in the basic biomedical sciences with the medical students in the second year of the curriculum. https://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/degree-programs/doctor-pharmacy-curriculum

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

Minimum science GPA of 2.80

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
English Composition / Writing Must include English with a writing component. English as a Second Language courses are not acceptable to meet this requirement. 6 8
Chemistry General Chemistry with Laboratory 8 12
Chemistry Organic Chemistry with Laboratory 8 12
Biology/Biological Science Biology (Cellular/Molecular and Whole Animal) with at least one Laboratory. For the Whole Animal requirement we encourage taking Physiology or Anatomy. 8 12
Physics Physics with at least one Laboratory 6 8
Math Calculus with Analytical Geometry 6 8
Economics Macro or Microeconomics 3 4
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Public Speaking or Debate. Course must include component of speaking in front of an audience. May not be an online course. 3 4
Social/Behavioral Science Human Behavior 3 4
Prior to matriculation
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Varies
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Varies
We would prefer in-person courses if they are offered. If in-person courses are not offered please contact our office and we will work with you 1:1. Our email address is sppsadmissions@health.ucsd.edu.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding prerequisite grading: sppsadmissions@health.ucsd.edu.
Prior to matriculation into the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, all accepted applicants must have completed the requirements for the bachelor's degree (B.S. or B.A.). Applicants who have not earned a degree or who will not have earned one prior to the start of classes in the Fall will not be considered. Students currently enrolled in a community college must transfer to a four-year college or university so as to complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree. (Exception to this requirement are for students completing our BS/PharmD students)

Applicants who have earned a degree from a school outside of the United States must have completed at least one year of full-time study at a four-year college or university in the United States prior to application. A four-year college or university is one that is accredited to award bachelor’s degrees. Enrollment in a community college does not satisfy this requirement.


Supplemental Materials

Yes, a processing fee of $100
There is NO supplemental application. There is a processing fee of $100 for our school of pharmacy. Please use the following link to pay the processing fee: https://pharmacy-app-fee.eventbrite.com.

In addition to submitting PharmCAS fee, the processing fee must be paid for your application to be complete.
***Note: Application Processing Fee Waivers are available. To learn more about the eligibility requirements for our fee waiver, please contact our Office of Admissions at: sppsadmissions@health.ucsd.edu. Please contact PharmCAS directly for their fee waiver.

PCAT and Other Tests

Not Required or Considered

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
Pharmacy experience in a patient care setting and/or pharmacy insight (where you shadow and interview pharmacists practicing in various fields) will make you a more competitive applicant. If you are unable to obtain pharmacy experience or insight then we highly recommend healthcare experience. Check out Dr. Atayee, our Associate Dean of Admissions and Outreach, talking about our holistic review for admissions: https://youtu.be/01f9ZwR1Sys.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Three (3)
  • Clergy: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Politician: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Any Subject Area): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
Not Accepted
Conditionally accepted
Committee letters of recommendations can be accepted as long as applicant has one additional individual letter from someone who is not part of the committee letter. Committee letters must contain 2 or more member’s co-signing the letter.
Applicants must submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation. (https://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/admissions/admissions-requirements)

Letter writers that will be accepted include, but are not limited to, the following: professors, employers/supervisors, pharmacists, other healthcare professionals, mentors, or academic advisors.
Letter writers that will not be accepted include clergy, family members, friends, or politicians. If an applicant chooses to include an evaluator from this list, they will still require a minimum of 3 additional evaluations from accepted letter writers.

Additional signatures will be required if applicants receive a letter from: 

Teacher’s Assistants (TA) – must be co-signed by the Professor directing the course

Pharmacy Technicians – must be co-signed by a Pharmacist at the same pharmacy

Post-Doctoral Students – must be co-signed by the Principal Investigator (PI) 


Information concerning residency requirements for tuition purposes can be found on the UC San Diego Registrar's Office website: https://students.ucsd.edu/finances/fees/residence/about.html

International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
UC San Diego requires applicants to send an original foreign transcript directly to the school with a copy of their WES evaluation Home - World Education Services (wes.org). All credentials are due by August 31 of each cycle. See the School website for specific information. https://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/admissions/admissions-requirements. Please contact our office of admissions for any specific questions: sppsadmissions@ucsd.edu

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Applicants that are "DACA approved" with AB 540 eligibility re: California residency (AB 540 nonresident tuition exemption) will be considered.
Details on Post-B.S. Pharm.D. Programs


Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Yes, but only on a case-by-case basis
-Our early submission interviews on October 7, 2022 will be offered virtually to all applicants.
-For our regular interviews (January 13, 14, 21 2023), we hope to offer hybrid interview process. For most applicants we will hold in-person interviews. A limited number of applicants can apply to have online/virtual interviews based on a set criteria.
-In both in-person and virtual setting, applicants will be interviewed by two interviewers.

Accepted Applicants

Please review the health, computer, CPR, technical standards, criminal background check and transportation requirements for all of our incoming students on our website: https://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/admissions/admissions-requirements

Background Checks and Drug Screenings