Pharmacy Admission & Application

Admissions Information

The PCAT is not required


Important Deadlines for Fall 2024 Applications

For students applying for enrollment Fall 2024, the following must be completed by the deadlines listed:


PharmCAS Regular Decision  

PharmCAS Application

June 3, 2024

Prerequisites Completed

May 31, 2024 UNLESS otherwise approved by the college


Important Deadlines for Transfer Applications

For students applying for enrollment Fall 2024 the following must be completed by the deadlines listed:

Entry Term                    


Fall 2024 Application

June 3, 2024


Minimum Requirements for Admission

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements in order to apply to the Pharm.D. program. Exemptions to these requirements are not available. 

  • GPA (cumulative) = 2.0 or above
  • GPA (prerequisite) = 2.0 or above
    • GPA calculations are calculated using a four-point scale and include:
      • All college coursework from accredited U.S. and foreign institutions
      • Dual-credit coursework
      • Advanced Placement, College-Level Examination Program, and the International Baccalaureate Program. Required Scores
      • Original and repeated course grades are included in calculations
  • Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
    • Several prerequisite courses (organic chemistry, biology, microbiology, anatomy & physiology, and all accompanying labs) must be completed within seven years of entering the Pharm.D. program.
    • Students may petition the FCOP Office of Student Affairs to take prerequisites in the summer. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Exemption Requests

Applicants requesting an exemption to the prerequisites or other requirements must submit an Exemption Request Form.

  • Example:  prerequisite coursework was completed more than 7 years ago but applicant has been working in health science using the knowledge
  • Example:  no equivalency established in available references for a course but course syllabus and university catalog are provided for review

Prerequisite courses with laboratories cannot be exempted from lab requirements.  

Academic Fresh Start

If a candidate has been granted an “Academic Fresh Start” (Texas Education Code, § 51.931), those credits and related grades will not be included in the GPA calculations. Please note, courses included in the Academic Fresh Start may not be used to satisfy program prerequisites.

Texas Core Curriculum

The Texas Core Curriculum describes the general education requirements required of all students receiving a Bachelor’s Degree at a public university in Texas. The Texas Core Curriculum includes courses such as;

  • History
  • Government
  • Fine Arts
  • Sciences
  • Communication
  • Mathematics

Many of the pharmacy prerequisite courses will also satisfy the math and science requirements.

The following link will provide information and assist you in determining if you are Texas Core complete: Texas Core Curriculum

International Applicants

International applicants are considered candidates who are not US citizens and not lawful permanent residents. International applicants may be considered for admission and may have additional requirements:

Social Security Number (SSN):

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) requires all pharmacy students to submit a SSN when applying for their pharmacy intern/intern trainee license.

  • SSNs are available to all US citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and aliens who are authorized to work in the US. 
  • Additional information on obtaining a SSN as an international student is available through the Social Security Administration website.
  • Since admitted students are required to obtain a pharmacy intern license before week 8 of the program, international applicants should begin the process of obtaining a SSN prior to being admitted into the program.

English Proficiency Testing:

International applicants may be required to submit an English proficiency assessment.

Transfer Students

Students with advanced standing in a Pharm.D. program at another college of pharmacy, which has accreditation status with ACPE, may apply to transfer into the Pharm.D. program. 

  • Please use the ACPE website when verifying accreditation. 
  • Transfers are considered on a case-by-case basis, contingent on whether a seat is available.
  • Students may only transfer into the didactic curriculum and are required to be enrolled for a minimum of three years as a full-time student at the Fisch College of Pharmacy to earn a Pharm.D.
  •  Students applying for a transfer are still required to interview.

When applying for a transfer, students must submit the following:

  • Completed transfer student application
  • A personal statement detailing the reason for transfer
  • Official transcripts from current college of pharmacy
  • Official transcripts from institutions where pre-pharmacy coursework was completed
  • Letter of good academic and professional standing from the Dean or Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the college of pharmacy currently enrolled
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Two letters from faculty members of the college of pharmacy currently enrolled
    • One letter from a pharmacist, work supervisor or preceptor

Admission Interviews

The Fisch College of Pharmacy on-site and virtual interviews include:

  • Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs)
  • Team-based learning session
  • Math and writing session
  • Campus and building tour
  • Question/answer sessions with current students and current faculty

Guaranteed Interviews:

University of Texas at Tyler students are eligible for a Guaranteed Admission Interview if:

  • GPA-cumulative ≥ 3.0
  • 3 positive Reference Letters
  • UT Tyler attendance for at least 3 semesters full-time

Students from other Universities and Colleges are eligible for a Guaranteed Admission Interview if:

  • GPA-cumulative ≥ 3.3, GPA-science/math ≥ 3.3 and the applicant is attending (or attended) one the following institutions:
    • Lamar University
    • LeTourneau University
    • Stephen F. Austin State University
    • Texas A&M Commerce
    • Texas A&M Texarkana
    • Texas College
    • Tyler Junior College

Program Admission

Provisional Admission

Initial offers for admission are provisional until the following requirements are met:

Full Admission

Full Admission status indicates that the candidate has fulfilled all of the following requirements:

  • Admission standards established for the degree program;
  • Official transcripts or foreign transcript evaluation reports for all colleges or universities attended;
  • All prerequisite courses at grade of “C” or higher; and
  • Acceptable urine drug test and criminal background check.

Deferred Admission

  • Deferred Admission is the process when an applicant has been offered admission, but needs to delay starting the program until the next academic year.
  • Deferred Admission requests are only considered for significant extenuating circumstances and are submitted to the FCOP Office of Student Affairs.

Revoking Admission

An offer of admission may be revoked for reasons that include, but are not limited to:

1) failure to respond to an admission offer or submit the seat deposit within the time frame specified;

2) failure to satisfy criminal background check and/or urine drug screening requirements;

3) failure to maintain Minimum Requirements to Apply to the FCOP including GPA/grade requirements and the ability to meet the Professional Technical Standards for Admission, Matriculation and Graduation;

4) falsification and misrepresentation of admissions related requirements; or

5) ineligible for admittance to UT Tyler.

Admission Denial Appeal Process

  • Applicants denied admission may appeal the decision in writing to the FCOP Dean within 14 calendar days of the date on the denial notification.
  • The FCOP Dean, or designee, shall have 10 calendar days to respond in writing to the appeal.
  • Since professional programs are capacity limited, further appeals are not available.
  • Appeals must be received prior to the term for which the applicant is seeking admission.
    • If there is insufficient time to complete the appeal process before the beginning of the term for which the applicant seeks admission, the admission year may be moved to the next academic year so their case may be reviewed.

Admissions Statistics

The college of pharmacy began admitting students into the Pharm.D. program in fall 2015. Information on the number of applications, interviews offered and admissions is update annually on the college website.