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Contact Information

University of Wisconsin-Madison
777 Highland Ave
United States

Program Application Deadline

February 1, 2021
In addition to submitting the PharmCAS application by the posted deadline, please create your UW-Madison PharmD Admissions Portal. You will use the Portal to monitor the status of your application (interview decision & admission decision). Information about creating the portal can be found on our website.

Program Information

Full Accreditation
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 4
Not Required

Last Entering Class


Upcoming Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/MPH (Public Health)

Program Description

The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy offers an innovative PharmD program that will prepare you for pharmacy leadership and career success. Our program provides you the opportunity to:

1. Attend the 7th ranked Pharmacy school in the country.
2. Take part in a program that ranks Top 5 in the nation for residency matches.
3. Gain knowledge to succeed - our latest graduating class had a 97% NAPLEX first-time pass rate.
4. Be part of the innovative interprofessional programs on our health sciences campus to learn and collaborate with the medical, nursing, veterinary, and other health sciences students.
5. Practice and learn at our network of major hospitals, including three hospitals within walking distance.
6. Dive into interdisciplinary research opportunities at one of the top pharmacy schools in NIH research funding within a premier research university.
7. Learn from our nationally recognized and award-winning faculty members who are experts inside the classroom and mentors outside of the classroom, shaping pharmacy practice, research, and education.
8. Study abroad through our leading global health program that gives you the opportunity to satisfy clinical
training hours while gaining cultural competency and understanding that enhance career experiences and opportunities. Placements include Belize,China, England, Oman, South Africa, Spain, and Thailand. Shorter-term service trips to Guatemala and Belize with an interprofessional health-care team are also available.
9. Enjoy life in Madison where the best of both worlds collide: the arts and culture of big-city living with a laid-back, small-town feel. Whether you enjoy the food scene, live music, over 200 miles of biking and hiking trails, the largest producer-only farmers market in the U.S., Madison has something for everyone.
10. Join the thousands of successful Pharmacy Badger alumni who launched their pharmacy career at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy.

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria


Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Math Calculus 4
Chemistry General Chemistry I with lab 4
Chemistry General Chemistry II with lab 4
Chemistry Organic Chemistry I 3
Chemistry Organic Chemistry II 3
Chemistry Organic Chemistry Lab 2
Biology/Biological Science General Biology I with lab 4
Biology/Biological Science General Biology II with lab 4
Microbiology Microbiology 3
Physics Physics I with lab 4
Statistics Statistics 3
English Composition / Writing English Composition (Communication "A" for UW-Madison PrePharm). (Must be completed at an accredited college/university in the U.S.)

NOTE: If you plan to earn a bachelor's degree prior to Fall 2021, this requirement will be waived.
Social/Behavioral Science Social Science Course (Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Anthropology, History, Economics)

NOTE: If you plan to earn a bachelor's degree prior to Fall 2021, this requirement will be waived.
Other United States Diversity Studies/Ethnic Studies (Must be completed at an accredited college/university in the U.S.)

NOTE: If you plan to earn a bachelor's degree prior to Fall 2021, this requirement will be waived.
Humanities 2 Courses (6 credits) required

NOTE: If you plan to earn a bachelor's degree prior to Fall 2021, this requirement will be waived.
Humanities 2 Courses (6 credits) required

NOTE: If you plan to earn a bachelor's degree prior to Fall 2021, this requirement will be waived.
Other Incoming students must have an additional 19 semester hours beyond the specific course prerequisites listed above for a total of 72. Any college courses may be used to fulfill this requirement. 19
Applicants must complete all required course prerequisites (including the 72 credit hour minimum) by the end of the summer term prior to enrolling in the PharmD program in the fall 2021 term.
If an applicant earns a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution, the following prerequisite requirements will be satisfied: English Composition/Communication “A”, Social Science, United States Diversity/Ethnic Studies, and Humanities

All prerequisite courses can be taken online, however, we recommend that science coursework be taken in an in-person format, if available. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

The Ethnic Studies (U.S. Diversity) requirement must provide a critical examination of discrimination against ethnic/racial minorities in the U.S., AND/OR focus on the history, experience, or traditions of ethnic/racial minorities in the U.S. Ethnic Studies (U.S. Diversity) and English Composition must be completed at an accredited college/university within the United States.

If you earn AP/IB credit for a specific course through your college/university, the UW-Madison PharmD program will give you credit for this course (regardless of the score received). If you completed prerequisite coursework at UW–Madison, AP and IB test credits will be granted according to the UW‒Madison Credit by Exam policies.

Supplemental Materials

Creating a UW-Madison PharmD Admissions Portal is required for all applicants and must be completed in order for your application to be reviewed for potential interview selection. Applicants use the admissions portal to monitor their admissions status. For example, interview and admission decisions are posted on your personal PharmD Admissions Portal. As soon as an applicant submits their PharmCAS application, they can create their Portal here:

PCAT and Other Tests

Due to COVID-19, the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy has decided to make the PCAT optional for the Fall 2021 application cycle. If you believe the PCAT provides evidence of your academic preparedness, you are encouraged to take the PCAT and submit your scores to PharmCAS. This could apply to students who have a lower GPA, lower grades in science prerequisites, or who completed prerequisites more than 10 years ago. We strongly encourage early decision applicants to take the July PCAT, but we will also accept the September PCAT for early decision applicants. We encourage regular applicants to take the PCAT early as we participate in early decision and rolling admissions. The February 2021 PCAT is latest acceptable test for Fall 2021 admission.

Observation Hours


Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Three (3)
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: 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
No Answer
No answer
Three (3) total evaluations are required: One of the three evaluations must be from a college-level math or science instructor (professor, lecturer, teaching assistant). One of the three letters must be from a non-academic setting (work/volunteer supervisor). The third letter can be from anyone except: Politician, Friend, Family Member, Co-Worker (equal in standing), Clergy Member (if written as a personal reference).



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
Only WES reports are accepted. Preference is given to International Applicants who have completed at least two semesters at an accredited college/university in the United States. All International Applicants must complete our English Composition and our Ethnic Studies (U.S. Diversity) prerequisites at an accredited college/university within the United States. To view the additional requirements for international applicants, please visit our website
The TOEFL is required for applicants whose native language is not English who have not completed at least 60 semester credits in the U.S. (within the past 24 months) at the time of application. Minimum TOEFL score of 100 is required.


Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interviews are by invitation only. Typically, interviews take place in-person at the School of Pharmacy. However, due to COVID-19, we will be offering virtual interviews monthly from September - March for the Fall 2021 application cycle. Applicants will not be invited to interview until after their application has been verified by PharmCAS and all other required application materials are submitted.

Accepted Applicants

As a participating school in the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines (CAGs), we adhere to deposit guidelines. There are two non-refundable deposit payments that total $500. All deposits will be credited to the first semester tuition upon enrollment.

1. When you are accepted, you must submit a $200 admission deposit.
2. After March 1, you are required to pay an additional deposit of $300.

If you are admitted after March 1, you will be required to submit the full $500 deposit. The deposit will be forfeited for students not enrolling in the School of Pharmacy for the term in which they were admitted.
  • September 08, 2021

Background Checks and Drug Screenings