PharmD Application Information


Important Application Updates

PLEASE READ THE SECTION BELOW REGARDING CHANGES TO THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY!

PLEASE READ OUR RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC BY GOING TO OUCOP Recruitment & Admissions Response to COVID-19. THIS PAGE WILL CONTINUE TO BE UPDATED AS INFORMATION CHANGES.

Please read all information on this page carefully. It is the applicant's responsibility to read and comply with all admission requirements and application procedures. If you have any questions about the information on this page, please contact us.

All applicants, including re-applicants, must utilize the PharmCAS application and follow all PharmCAS procedures and policies in order to apply to the College of Pharmacy regardless of previous applications or materials sent to the College of Pharmacy.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY TRANSCRIPTS TO OUHSC ADMISSIONS & RECORDS UNLESS YOU ARE REQUESTED TO DO SO AFTER ACCEPTANCE!

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General Application Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is on a competitive basis. Residents of Oklahoma receive some preference in the selection process but all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Non-residents are automatically given a non-resident tuition waiver after paying a deposit if they are accepted. Find out more about our tuition waiver program by going to OUHSC COLLEGE OF PHARMACY NON-RESIDENT TUITION WAIVER PROGRAM.



Application Tracks

  • Application Information for Fall 2021 Entry

    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.

    The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy will no longer participate in the PharmCAS early decision process beginning in the 2020-2021 admissions cycle for the fall 2021 entering class. Therefore, applicants who planned or were advised to apply via early decision should apply early in the admissions cycle as regular applicants instead. The 2020-2021 PharmCAS application will open in mid-July 2020.

    Remember, if you are accepted you will begin your PharmD classes in the Fall 2021 semester.

    EFFECTIVE FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY: OUCOP WILL BE TEST-OPTIONAL. IF YOU HAVE AN OVERALL GPA OF 3.0, YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE PCAT. IF YOUR OVERALL GPA FALLS BELOW A 3.0, PLEASE CONSULT WITH OUR ADMISSIONS STAFF TO SEE IF IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU TAKE THE PCAT TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE FOR ADMISSION.

  • General Application Information for Fall 2021 Entry

    OUCOP admits a new class each year to begin in the Fall semester. Only completed applications are considered for a possible interview. A completed application consists of a verified PharmCAS application, 2 letters of reference, and standardized exam scores. 

    Failure to meet deadlines or to submit any of the required application materials will constitute a late or incomplete application and will not be considered for admission.

    If you are invited to interview, you will also be required to complete an OUHSC application which will be by invitation only. 

    There are three application tracks: Fall and Spring Priority Application tracks and a Summer Application track. Please read the information below carefully to determine which track might be right for you. 

    Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is on a competitive basis, and classes are filled on a rolling admissions basis which means that we fill seats as we interview. It is recommended that applicants apply as soon as they are eligible to do so. 

    Applicants should successfully complete all required pre-requisite courses and provide the college with an official transcript showing any missing course grades by August 5, 2021.

  • Fall Priority Application Track (Deadline: October 1, 2020)

    The Fall priority application deadline is October 1 each year. If October 1 falls on a weekend, the following Monday shall be the deadline date.

    Students applying for the Fall Priority Application Track should be aware of the following:

    1. The application must be complete by October 1. This includes the PharmCAS application, standardized exam scores (if you choose to submit any), and two letters of reference.
    2. Fall Priority interviews will be Saturday, November 14, 2020. An interview is not guaranteed simply by selecting to apply by the Fall Priority application deadline.
    3. You will be notified of a decision no later than December 1, 2020.      


  • Spring Priority Application Track (Deadline: March 1, 2021)

    The Spring priority application deadline is March 1 each year. If March 1 falls on a weekend, the following Monday shall be the deadline date.

    Students applying for the Spring Priority Application Track should be aware of the following:

    1. The application must be complete by March 1. This includes the PharmCAS application, standardized exam scores (if you choose to submit any), and two letters of reference.
    2. Spring Priority interviews will be Saturday, April 10, 2021. An interview is not guaranteed simply by selecting to apply by the Spring Priority application deadline.
    3. You will be notified of a decision no later than May 1, 2021.


  • Summer Application Track (Deadline: June 1, 2021)

    The final application deadline is June 1 each year. If June 1 falls on a weekend, the following Monday shall be the deadline date.

    Students applying for the Summer application track should be aware of the following:

    • The application must be complete by June 1. This includes the PharmCAS application, standardized exam scores (if you choose to submit any), and two letters of reference.
    • The latest an applicant can take the PCAT to be considered for the Summer application track is the March PCAT date.
    • Summer interviews will be Saturday, June 26, 2021. An interview is not guaranteed simply by applying.
    • You will be notified of a decision no later than July 1, 2021.

  • Application Information for Fall 2020 Entry

    Please see information for the application tracks for Fall 2020 below and note that a few changes have been made so be sure to read all instructions carefully!

  • Regular Decision Track Information for Fall 2020 Entry

    Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is on a competitive basis. For admission to Fall 2020, the PharmCAS application, two letters of reference and a standardized exam score must be submitted by June 1, 2020

    The College of Pharmacy supplemental application is by invitation only. If an applicant is invited to interview, they will receive the link to submit the supplemental application which will need to be completed prior to their selected interview date. 

    Applicants should successfully complete all required pre-requisite courses and provide the college with an official transcript showing completion by August 5, 2020.

    Regular admission interviews will be conducted on June 20, 2020.

    It is highly recommended that applicants apply earlier than the deadline to receive full consideration when there is more space in the class. The college employs a rolling admissions process which means that seats are filled as we interview.

    Failure to meet deadlines or to submit any of the required application materials will constitute a late or incomplete application and will not be considered for admission.


Steps to Applying

  • Step 1. PharmCAS Application (opens July 14, 2020 for Fall 2021 entry)

    Application for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program requires completion of the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application. It can be found at https://www.pharmcas.org.   PharmCAS processes your academic information providing one central location to send transcripts, references, and PCAT scores while applying to multiple pharmacy schools. The PharmCAS deadlines are the Tuesday after Labor Day for the Early Decision Program and June 1st for the Regular Decision Track. (Please see the application track information above for Fall 2021 entry.)

    • Create your PharmCAS account. Make note of your assigned PharmCAS ID #. This number must be entered in your supplemental application if you are invited to interview.
    • Enter your reference contact information in your application. A minimum of two references are required. References are completed electronically so as soon as you save your reference information, a web link will be e-mailed to them to complete the online form.
    • Arrange to have official transcripts sent from all colleges or universities attended. Refer to the PharmCAS instructions for specific information on how to complete this step to prevent delays.
    • When registering for the PCAT, make sure to designate PharmCAS (code 104) as the recipient of the scores. If you took the PCAT in a previous application year, you will need to re-release the scores even if you designated PharmCAS previously. You may do this by going to PCAT’s website at http://www.pcatweb.info. Make note of your assigned PCAT CID # as you will need to enter this in your PharmCAS application so that scores may be matched to your application.
    • Please note that in order to verify an application, PharmCAS only needs all official transcripts. Processing takes approximately 4 weeks during peak application times. References and PCAT scores may be submitted later so you don’t have to wait for those to submit an application. However, all required materials must be received by our college before an application will be reviewed for a possible interview.


    PharmCAS Resources:

    PharmCAS Application Process

    PharmCAS Application Instructions

    PharmCAS Forms & Printable Documents

    PharmCAS Fall Academic Update Information

    PharmCAS Applicant Code of Conduct

    The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy PharmCAS School Page

  • Step 2. Recommendation Letters

    The Admissions Committee requires each applicant to provide two letters of recommendation which provide insight into the applicant’s personal, academic, and professional characteristics.

    Applicants should solicit letters from those who can best attest to your ability to be successful in pharmacy school. Examples are professors, employers, volunteer supervisors, or health care professionals, preferably a pharmacist. These individuals should know the applicant well, and be in a position to evaluate the applicant’s potential for academic success and a career in pharmacy. 

    We do not accept letters from family, friends or clergy members. Failure to follow this policy may cause a delay in application review.

    Although a minimum of two letters is required, you may enter up to four names in the PharmCAS application and if four recommendations are received, all four will be evaluated.

  • Step 3. Standardized Exam Scores

    EFFECTIVE FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY: 

    The PCAT exam is optional. If your cumulative GPA is a 3.0 or above, the PCAT is not required. If PCAT scores are received they will be considered as supplemental information as part of the holistic admissions application review. If your cumulative GPA is below a 3.0, the PCAT may be recommended on a case-by-case basis to strengthen your overall application. Applicants may also still choose to submit MCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE scores to bolster their academic credentials. Prospective students are encouraged to schedule an advisement appointment with our admissions staff to determine the best option for them.

    EFFECTIVE FOR FALL 2020 ENTRY:

    1. Applicants must take either the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) or the Graduate Record Examinaton (GRE), the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), the Dental Admission Test (DAT), or the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).
    2. The preferred exam is the PCAT but there may be occasions we will accept one of these standardized exams in lieu of the PCAT. If you wish to substitute the PCAT for one of these exams, you must submit a standardized exam substitution request form. Additional information may be requested before a decision is made regarding the request. Submitting the form is not an automatic acceptance of the requested substitution. The College reserves the right to require the PCAT be taken by any applicant to our program.

    PCAT Policies:

    1. Although no minimum requirement is defined for the PCAT, it is generally recommended that applicants achieve at least a 35th percentile composite score with no score less than the 19th percentile in each subscore on the PCAT.
    2. Applicants applying for the Early Decision application track who take the PCAT in September must submit the preliminary score report via email to OUPharmD@ouhsc.edu no later than September 10th.
    3. The highest PCAT exam score is considered for admission.
    4. The college will not accept PCAT scores older than three calendar years from the date an applicant plans to enter.
    5. The PCAT writing assessment score from the applicant's PCAT exam is used to evaluate an applicant's written communication skills.

    GRE Policies:

    1. A minimum overall scaled score of 300 is required if you substitute the GRE. The highest score will be used for admission. GRE scores are only reportable for 5 years after the test date.
    2. GRE scores must be reported to the OU Health Sciences Center. PharmCAS does not report GRE scores. The score release code for OUHSC is 6902.
    3. The GRE writing assessment score is used to evaluate an applicant's written communication skills.

    MCAT Policies:

    1. A minimum overall scaled score of 500 is required if you substitute the MCAT. The highest score will be used for admission. Only MCAT exams taken since April 2015 will be acceptable.
    2. PharmCAS does not report MCAT scores. To report official MCAT scores, please complete the following steps:
      1. Please go to the AAMC website and log in to your account.
      2. Under the My Reports drop-down menu, select Print Score Report.
      3. The report will contain a verification code. Please email the verification code and your AAMC ID number to OUPharmD@ouhsc.edu and include in the subject line "Official MCAT Scores". 
    3. The MCAT does not include a writing assessment. Therefore, if an applicant substitutes an MCAT exam in lieu of the PCAT exam and is invited for an interview, the applicant must complete an on-site writing assessment that day in addition to other interview activities and should plan accordingly.

    DAT Policies:

    1. A minimum Academic Average of 18 is required if you substitute the DAT. The highest score will be used for admission.

    2. PharmCAS does not report DAT scores. Please email a copy of your official DAT report to OUPharmD@ouhsc.edu, attention Jennifer Richardson.

    3. The DAT does not include a writing assessment. Therefore, if an applicant substitutes a DAT exam in lieu of the PCAT exam and is invited for an interview, the applicant must complete an on-site writing assessment that day in addition to other interview activities and should plan accordingly.

    OAT Policies:

    1. A minimum overall scaled score of 300 is required if you substitute the OAT. The highest score will be used for admission.

    2. PharmCAS does not report OAT scores. Please email a copy of your official OAT report to OUPharmD@ouhsc.edu, attention Jennifer Richardson.

    3. The OAT does not include a writing assessment. Therefore, if an applicant substitutes a OAT exam in lieu of the PCAT exam and is invited for an interview, the applicant must complete an on-site writing assessment that day in addition to other interview activities and should plan accordingly.

    TOEFL Policies:

    EFFECTIVE AS OF MARCH 23, 2020: ETS has just announced they are allowing a "test from home" option for the TOEFL IBT. Therefore, we will require the TOEFL IBT for Fall 2020 as per our regular policy. For more information or to register for the exam, please go to:  TOEFL IBT INFORMATION . We will continue to monitor the situation and update policies or procedures as necessary. 

    Students for Whom English is a Second Language

    1. Applicants are only eligible for admission if they are a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident.
    2. All applicants regardless of residency status must meet the same admission requirements and follow the same application procedures.
    3. OUCOP does not accept transfer students from foreign colleges of pharmacy. OUCOP does not waive any part of the Pharm.D. curriculum or grant advanced standing to students who have attended a foreign college of pharmacy.
    4. If English is your second language, regardless of residency status (i.e. permanent U.S. resident or U.S. citizen), the TOEFL exam is required. This is an OUHSC requirement. Only the TOEFL is acceptable.
    5. TOEFL scores may not be more than 2 years old. A minimum score of 550 (Paper-based), 213 (Computer-based), or 79 (Internet-Based) is required for admission. TOEFL scores should be released directly to PharmCAS (code 8246).
    6. The TOEFL exam requirement will automatically be waived if you either graduated with a diploma from a U.S. high school or if you received or will receive a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. university by June 1 of the planned entry year. We do not waive the requirement if you have an associate’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. from a U.S. college or university.

  • Additional Information about the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) Scores (FALL 2020 ENTRY ONLY)

    • Each applicant is required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) (unless they have been granted an exam substitution). PCAT scores should be submitted directly to PharmCAS (code 104).


    • Applicants should be aware that no decision regarding an interview can be made until PCAT scores (unless you have been approved for a standardized exam substitution) are received from PharmCAS.


    • The highest PCAT score will be used to determine eligibility for admission.
    • The PCAT is a computer-based exam. For specific information on registering for the PCAT, please visit their website. When you register, PCAT will assign you a PCAT CID #. This number must be entered in your PharmCAS application or PharmCAS will not receive the scores in order to include them with your application.

    Please note that the PCAT's admission cycle begins in July and ends in February (or April if additional dates are offered) each year so if you take the PCAT in the admission cycle prior to applying during the next cycle, your scores will not be automatically forwarded even if you designated OUHSC or PharmCAS to receive your scores and you will need to submit an Additional Score Release on the PCAT website.

    For example, an applicant takes the PCAT in February 2019 but decides he/she will apply for entry into Fall 2020 rather than 2019, he/she will need to submit an Additional Score Release through PCAT's website to ensure the February 2019 PCAT scores are received by PharmCAS.

  • Step 4. Transcripts

    Applicants are responsible for the submission of official transcripts from each institution attended directly to PharmCAS. All transcripts are due by the PharmCAS early decision application deadline (September 3, 2019) or the regular decision application deadline (June 1, 2020) depending on which application track you choose.

    Please do NOT send any official transcripts to the OUHSC Admissions & Records office until you are told to do so after acceptance in the class!

    Applicants who applied prior to January 1 and are taking courses in the fall semester, must submit their fall transcripts to PharmCAS and submit the required academic update on PharmCAS website.

    All required pre-requisite coursework must be successfully completed by August 5 of the admission year.

    Official transcripts that include the spring or summer semester work should be submitted directly to the College of Pharmacy by August 5 of the admission year to demonstrate successful completion of the required coursework or the applicant's admission may be withdrawn.

    Please refer to the Admissions Requirements page for more details regarding additional conditions of admission.

  • Step 5. Holistic Admissions Application Review

    Once OUCOP has received a completed application consisting of the verified PharmCAS application, a standardized exam score, and at least two letters of recommendation, the applicant's application will be review for a possible personal interview.

    OUCOP engages in a holistic admissions process. This means that each aspect of the applicant’s record is important. Eligibility for an interview is based on an evaluation of the applicant’s academic record including the pre-requisite, overall, science, math, and last 60 hours GPAs in addition to the PCAT (or other substituted standardized exam score) and other academic factors as well as an applicant’s non-academic record including their experiences and attributes. 

    In general, applicants can be considered competitive for an interview if they have at least a 3.0 GPA in the areas mentioned above and a composite PCAT score of the 35th percentile with no subscore lower than the 19th percentile (or a 300 scaled score on the GRE or OAT or a scaled score of 500 on the MCAT or an Academic Average of 18 on the DAT). 

    Additionally, applicants should have no negative letters of recommendation and should demonstrate those qualities desirable in a healthcare professional such as good communication skills, leadership, community service activities, and a demonstration of pharmacy knowledge. Although not required, it is highly recommended that an applicant gain experience in a pharmacy setting whether paid or unpaid experience.


  • Step 6. OUHSC Application (By Invitation Only)

    OUHSC requires a supplemental application. Only those invited for an interview will receive information on submitting the supplemental application. Those invited to complete the supplemental will need to do so prior to the selected interview date.

    You will need your PharmCAS Application ID # to enter on your supplemental application. The supplemental application fee is $50.00.

    Do not send official transcripts to the university. Official transcripts should be submitted directly to PharmCAS.

  • Step 7. The Personal Interview

    The Admissions Committee requires a personal interview to assess an applicant’s communication skills as part of the admission process.

    Interviews are by invitation only and sent only via e-mail to the e-mail address entered in the PharmCAS application. Please make sure PharmCAS has your correct e-mail address that you use most often. Please make sure you place "webadmit.org" and "ouhsc.edu" on your email "safe" lists so as not to miss out on important communications from our office or the university. You may also want to check any "spam" or "junk" e-mail boxes you have on a regular basis to make sure communications are not placed in there.

    OUCOP utilizes the multiple mini interview (MMI) format. Applicants complete a circuit of at least 5 stations designed to assess the applicant’s attributes, problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills. You may want to conduct an internet search to learn more about the MMI process. 

    Applicants who have not submitted official transcripts to PharmCAS of all completed coursework prior to June 1 of the admission year or who after the holistic application review, do not meet interview criteria established by the Admissions Committee will not be invited to interview.

    Additionally, applicants must demonstrate that they are on track to complete the pre-requisite coursework by August 5 of the admission year. It is the applicant's responsibility to carefully review the pre-requisite course requirements to make sure they are eligible for admission prior to applying.

    An invitation to interview does not imply acceptance for admission, and all expenses incurred during the interview process are the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants must interview in person on their assigned day and time. Interviews cannot be conducted via telephone or video conferencing due to the nature of the activities that occur that day.

    Due to the nature of the multiple mini interview format and other interactive activities on the interview day, we require the applicant to attend in person and do not conduct video or telephone conference interviews.