University of Wisconsin–Madison

Application Process

The information on this page is for people who plan to apply to PharmD schools after graduating from UW-Madison. Some pharmacy programs do not require applicants to complete a bachelor’s degree, including the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy. However, they all require different prerequisite courses that applicants must complete at a college or university. For information on admissions at the UW School of Pharmacy, please visit their website.


Application Timeline

Below is a rough timeline for preparing your application. Please come in and talk with us about your plans to apply!


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