PharmD for Non-U.S. Pharmacists

Internationally trained pharmacists looking to earn a U.S. PharmD can experience a top-quality education by participating in the same highly ranked PharmD program as our U.S. students. Plus, you’ll benefit from our custom resources specially designed to support pharmacists from around the world who wish to attain a U.S.-accredited degree.

Application Process

Prospective PharmD students may apply to the PharmD program through PharmCAS beginning July 14, 2021, for fall 2022 admission consideration. The priority deadline to apply for Fall 2022 admission is December 1, 2021. The final deadline to apply for Fall 2022 admission is March 1, 2022.

Why Choose the University of Arizona to Pursue your PharmD?

International students often need additional support to make the transition to the University and U.S. a seamless process. Our staff in the office of International Programs can provide resources and guidance around admissions, housing, the Tucson community, and anything related to living and working aboard.

The College is ranked in the top 20 nationally in America’s Best Grad Schools published by the U.S. News & World Report, and showed a 95% all-attempt NAPLEX pass rate among 2020 graduates.

The UArizona College of Pharmacy offers fourth-year students the opportunity to complete one or more of their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations in more than 10 countries. Additionally, our PharmD students can participate in a short-term faculty-led study abroad program every summer, to Japan or Thailand.

Southern Arizona offers a multicultural environment, a variety of community events, a beautiful desert landscape with Saguaro cacti and plenty of outdoor activities, including cycling, hiking, skiing, and golf! Known as “The Old Pueblo,” Tucson offers a rich mix of Native American, Hispanic and U.S. cultures. The city — whose metropolitan population is about 1 million — also offers a low-cost of living and serves as home for magnificent wildlife.

About the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy

Established in 1947, the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy is a global leader in international pharmacy education and training. With a vision of creating pharmacists prepared for the future, we provide access to innovative learning, research, and clinical rotations to students who will advance their knowledge and skills in pharmacy practice.

Non-U.S. Pharmacist Eligibility & Application Requirements

  • Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree that allows you to be a licensed pharmacist in the country where you obtained the degree.
  • Applicants must be in good standing at the University of Arizona or be eligible for matriculation to the university.
  • Applicants should have earned a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
  • Prerequisite courses completed more than 7 years before matriculation into the PharmD program may expire and need to be repeated prior to admission.
Admission to the PharmD program requires completion of coursework equivalent to:
  • General Chemistry (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry (2 semesters)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (2 semesters)
  • Cellular Biology/Biology I (1 semester)
  • Microbiology (1 semester)
  • Physics (1 semester)

* Upper division chemistry and biology courses (with labs) may be accepted to meet general chemistry and biology requirements with admissions staff approval. All science must include a corresponding lab, with the exception of physics.

  • Science GPA: 2.5 or higher
  • Cumulative prerequisite GPA: 2.5 or higher
  • Minimum grade of C in prerequisite courses, grades of B or higher STRONGLY preferred

You must have two recommenders who have agreed to provide an online recommendation and letter submitted online via PharmCAS. A hand-delivered letter will not be accepted. Your recommenders should be people you have worked for, volunteered with under their supervision, or professors. You have the option of naming a third recommender in case one of your preferred two is not able to complete his/her recommendation on time.  

The admissions committee looks for evidence that applicants are acquainted with the field of pharmacy and what it means to be a health care professional. The admissions committee also evaluates applicants on community service and involvement, extracurricular activities and oral and written communications skills. Must be completed prior to applying for admission.

  • Minimum of one year is preferred

The experience in a pharmacy-related setting can be completed in a variety of environments.  Examples include:

  • traditional pharmacy setting (community pharmacy or a hospital pharmacy unit)
  • working with medication policy in a regulatory agency
  • employment in pharmaceutical sales
  • volunteering at a poison control center
  • experience as a pharmacy technician

The transcript evaluation service will electronically send its report directly to the UA College of Pharmacy.  The college only will accept transcripts received from the evaluation service; do not mail your transcripts to the college. As an International Pharmacist applicant, you will submit your official transcripts for evaluation to World Education Services. Follow these steps when submitting your transcript.

World Education Services
  • Select the ICAP Packages ($205) and the course-by-course evaluation
  • Select "To Continue My Education" as the purpose
  • Select "Add Recipient"
  •  "Educational Institution" as the type of recipient
    • Select "University of Arizona (AZ)" as the recipient
    • "College of Pharmacy - Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science"

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Applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency. The College of Pharmacy will accept iBT TOEFL or IELTS scores that are no more than two years old. To qualify for admission, your iBT TOEFL total score must be 90 or higher or your IELTS overall score must be 7 or higher. The College of Pharmacy has arranged with TOEFL (ETS) and IELTS to receive your score(s) electronically. Please use the information below to send us your scores. However, applicants can be exempted if they meet the criteria set by the University of Arizona.

  • Select "U Arizona College Pharmacy"
  • Code: B477
  • Select "University of Arizona College of Pharmacy"

Test scores must be sent electronically. The college will not accept paper scores.

In addition to fulfilling all academic prerequisite requirements, students must also meet all non-academic essential qualifications in order to matriculate into the PharmD program. These include:

You are not required to take action on these requirements until you have been admitted to the PharmD program, but you are encouraged to review the requirements prior to applying. 


An acceptance offer may be rescinded if any materials submitted above are not received or are determined to be fraudulent or deceptive.



Akiko Ota, MPA
Program Manager
Skaggs Building 109A