Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions
Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy
Do you give admission preference to students from UT Tyler?
- No, we do not give admission preference to students from any institution. However, students who meet all application requirements, attended UT Tyler for at least 3 semesters full-time, and have maintained a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) will be guaranteed an admissions interview. This interview does not guarantee admission into the program.
Do you give admission preference to Texas residents?
- No, we will admit the best applicants from across the country and around the world.
What qualities are you looking for when you admit students?
- There are a number of factors we consider. We primarily focus on whether or not the student is a good fit for our college and the university. Part of this evaluation includes past academic record, prior experience in pharmacy or other healthcare fields, volunteer activities, letters of recommendation, and writing skills and the personal interview.
What grade point average (GPA) and pharmacy college admission test (PCAT) score is competitive?
- To apply, prospective students must meet a minimum college GPA, college math/science GPA, and minimum grade in prerequisite math/science courses. Applicants must also complete the PCAT. The GPA and PCAT requirements only provide the minimums needed to apply and may not represent competitive scores for entry into the program. A better measure competitive scores are the average GPA and PCAT scores for the classes admitted into the program (e.g. Summary of Application and Admission Numbers).
I took my prerequisite courses at an institution using the quarter system. How do I convert Quarter Hours to Semester Hours?
- UT Tyler uses the semester system and lists the pharmacy prerequisite courses in terms of semester credit hours (SCH). To convert quarter credit hours to semester hours, multiply the quarter hours x (2/3) to calculate the equivalent number of SCH.
How long will it take to complete the Pharm.D. program at UT Tyler?
- The Pharm.D. program at UT Tyler is a four-year, professional doctorate program. Nearly all students will complete the program within four years. In certain circumstances, however, some students may take up to an additional year prior to graduation.
Can I enroll as a part-time student?
- No, all pharmacy students are enrolled full time.
Can I work while I am in the program?
- Working in a pharmacy can be a valuable part of your education and greatly enhance the learning experience. However, we encourage students to be very cautious as to the amount of time spent in the workplace as due to the academic demands of the Pharm.D. program.