University of Wisconsin–Madison

Application Process

Note: This page is only applicable to students applying to PharmD schools after graduating from UW-Madison.  For information on UW School of Pharmacy’s application, visit their website.

Application Timeline

Below is a rough timeline for preparing your application.


Fall before you apply

Research Schools

For a map of pharmacy programs, visit the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).  For tips on choosing schools, visit our Selecting Schools page.

Make a list of your activities outside of class

  • Hours, dates, locations, contacts
  • What your role was, what you learned

Identify possible letter writers


Spring before you apply

Study for the Pharmacy College Admissions Test

Pharmacy schools require the PCAT.  To hear how other students have prepared, visit our exam tips page.

Write personal statement

For tips on writing your application essay, check out our Personal Statements page.

Request letters of recommendation

Most schools require 2-4 letters of recommendation.  For tips on how to build relationships with faculty, visit our Letters of Recommendation page.


Summer that you apply

Complete the centralized application

Most pharmacy schools use a centralized application called PharmCAS, which opens in early July. PharmCAS costs $150 for the first school and $55 for each additional program. The centralized application includes:

Complete school-specific supplemental application

Some, but not all, pharmD programs have a supplemental application.


Some, but not all, PharmD programs have finalists interview. For help preparing for interviews, visit our Interview Preparation page.