Application Information


The application deadline is December 15, 2021, at 11:59 pm (PST).

All prospective students should review the below information carefully when preparing your application. If you have questions, or need assistance, please contact the CHOICE Institute graduate program staff  ( or Dr. Anirban Basu, Chair of the Admissions Committee (


  • A professional degree in pharmacy, medicine, or a health-related discipline; OR a baccalaureate or master’s degrees in related fields such as epidemiology, economics, or public health.
  • Unofficial transcripts showing a minimum grade point average of 3.0
    • Official transcripts will be requested and verified by the Graduate School, only if offered admission.
  • A statement of personal background and goals
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three letters of reference
  • When requested, completion of a personal interview with the Graduate Admissions Committee
  • For students for whom English is not their native language, results demonstrating proficiency in the English language on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be met. The minimum requirement for possible entrance to our program is a score of 100 on the TOEFLiBT. The Graduate School states a lower score, but individual departments may adjust that for their requirements. For further information please read the Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements Memorandum #8
  • Note: The ETS code for the University of Washington is 4854

An applicant with exceptionally strong qualifications, such as a strong record of related work experience, who does not meet all of the above requirements may be considered for admission. Plans to remedy academic deficiencies may be suggested either prior to or during the first year of the program.

NOTE: For the 2022 application cycle, the GRE is NOT REQUIRED and will not be used when reviewing applicants. This is due to challenges our applicants may have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic in accessing test centers. 

International Students

We welcome applications from international students! There are no additional requirements for international applicants other than demonstrating English proficiency per Graduate School Memo 8 if English is not your native language. We may also request a credential evaluation of international transcripts if unable to accurately assess your credentials on our own. For additional information please refer to the Graduate School’s International Applicant Information.

Application Process

Due to the scheduling of core courses, students are accepted for Autumn quarter only. Autumn quarter begins the last week of September.

Applicants must apply for admission through the UW Graduate School application for admission. CHOICE faculty and staff will access the necessary application material from the Graduate School application process for review. No paper materials should be mailed to the department, all materials are submitted online.

  • Top candidates will be contacted in January if invited for an interview.
  • Interviews for the 2022 admission cohort will be conducted by Zoom, though normally we offer in-person interviews.
  • Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by mid-February.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

CHOICE PhD Admissions Considerations

The University of Washington is committed to increasing diversity among its students and actively recruits qualified applicants from diverse student populations.

The Department of Pharmacy welcomes students who have varied cultural experiences or educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and will therefore contribute to the intellectual and social enrichment of the graduate program.