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Contact Information

5-130 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
United States

Program Application Deadline

March 1, 2021
See for specific scholarship and final deadlines.

Program Information

Full Accreditation
  • One college, two campuses: Duluth and Twin Cities (Minneapolis)
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 4

Last Entering Class


Upcoming Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/MPH (Public Health), PharmD/MSHI or MHIIM (Health Informatics)

Program Description

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy offers its PharmD program on two campuses – Duluth and the Twin Cities. Both campuses offer a small college feel, yet provide all the opportunities of a large university. Learn more about each campus at All classes are taught by faculty who are renowned for their research and innovations in patient-centered care. Our students learn by doing. Experiential education begins in the first year of the PharmD program. Students learn in diverse patient care settings, typically one-on-one with a preceptor. The College of Pharmacy is part of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center - organized specifically for health education, research, and practice – and provides opportunities for interprofessional study among medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy students and faculty. The curriculum of the PharmD program is focused on patient-centered care, which involves helping patients identify, resolve, and prevent drug therapy problems. Pharmacy students will find the University of Minnesota offers a supportive student environment. Each student receives individualized attention from the Office of Student Services. Student input is sought on all college-wide decisions and 95 percent of pharmacy students are involved in the college’s student organizations. Specific information can be found at

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

The average GPA for admitted applicants is generally around 3.3 - 3.4.
The full list of prerequisites can be found at

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Biology/Biological Science General Biology with laboratory 3 4
Biology/Biological Science Advanced Biology 3 4
Microbiology Microbiology 3 4
Anatomy Human or Comparative Anatomy 3 4
Physiology Human or Comparative Physiology 3 4
Math Calculus I 3 4
Statistics Statistics 3 4
Chemistry General Chemistry I and II; 1 lab required, 2 recommended 6 9
Chemistry Organic Chemistry I and II; 1 lab required, 2 recommended 6 9
Physics Physics I 3 4
Social/Behavioral Science Social and Behavioral Science; 2 courses (or bachelor's degree from U.S. regionally accredited institution) 6 8
English Composition / Writing English Composition, advanced course (or bachelor's degree from U.S. regionally accredited institution) 3 4
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Introductory Communication (e.g. public speaking, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication) (or bachelor's degree from U.S. regionally accredited institution) 3 4
Prerequisites must be complete by the first day of the PharmD program.
Applicants are responsible for knowing and completing prerequisite requirements. If an applicant is taking courses at an institution for which we do not have a Guide of Approved Prerequisites (, we strongly encourage confirming with admissions staff whether courses will fulfill prerequisite requirements. If an applicant does not have a general biology lab, a more advanced biology lab may be substituted. If taking combined Human Anatomy and Physiology courses, both semesters must be completed to fulfill both Human Anatomy and Physiology. If a full anatomy and physiology sequence covering the entire body is combined into a single one-semester course, it must be a minimum of 4 semester credits. If you are completing a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited institution in the United States, the social/behavioral science, advanced composition, and communication requirements will be met with the degree.

Supplemental Materials

Our supplemental application is integrated with PharmCAS in the Program Materials section.

PCAT and Other Tests

Conditionally Required
If an applicant has taken the PCAT within the past 5 years, a score is required for a complete application. Otherwise, the PCAT is optional. Guidance is available at

Observation Hours


Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Three (3)
  • Co-Worker: ACCEPTED
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: ACCEPTED
  • Pharmacist: ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
Conditionally accepted
Committee letters are accepted but only count as a single evaluation.
Conditionally accepted
Composite letters are accepted, but only count as a single evaluation.
Choose at least three recommenders (up to four are accepted) from a variety of sources, such as college professors, work supervisors, volunteer supervisors or research supervisors. Only choose recommenders that know you well in an academic or professional capacity. We do not review personal recommendations from family, friends or clergy.



International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, US Temporary Residents, Canadian Citizens, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Foreign (non-US) Citizens, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
A WES foreign transcript evaluation is required for all international coursework, regardless of the applicant's citizenship or whether any of the international coursework will be used to fulfill prerequisites. Exceptions are made only in cases where the international credit appears on a US transcript including course titles, credits, and grades (which is often the case for study abroad programs). Foreign transcript evaluations must be submitted directly to PharmCAS by the application deadline. We are unable to waive this requirement for applicants who did not realize it was required.
The TOEFL is required of all applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship. Exemptions are granted to applicants meeting certain criteria and must be confirmed with admissions staff before applying. We are unable to waive the TOEFL for applicants who did not realize it was a requirement.


Individual applicants with one interviewer
Applicants are interviewed one-on-one by two interviewers using a standard interview format. Interview take place during Interview Day events, which also include sessions designed to provide more information about the PharmD program and the University of Minnesota.

Accepted Applicants

  • August 16, 2021
The first day of required attendance is August 16, 2021. Orientation is embedded within the curriculum; there is not a separate orientation before August 16th, with the exception of a required international student orientation for those on an F1 visa.

Background Checks and Drug Screenings