Application Information

The application deadline is December 31.

Admission Requirements

A professional degree in pharmacy, medicine, or a health-related discipline is encouraged. Students with baccalaureate or master’s degrees in related fields such as epidemiology, economics, or public health are also encouraged to apply.

Other Requirements

  • Admission to the Graduate School of the University of Washington
  • Unofficial transcripts showing a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (Transcripts will be verified by the Graduate School, upon offer).
  • A statement of personal background and goals
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three letters of reference
  • PhD Program Application Form
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • 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
  • 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.

Application Information

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

Applicants must apply both to the UW Graduate School and the Department of Pharmacy. The Department of Pharmacy will access the necessary application material from the Graduate School application process. No additional paperwork is required to be mailed to the Department if all on-line requests are fulfilled through the Graduate School application process.

  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by mid-March.

International Students

International students must follow the procedures outlined in the Graduate School on-line admissions application. For additional information please refer to the Graduate School’s Frequently Asked Questions.

On-Line Application Procedures for UW

The Graduate School has an on-line application process which can be accessed here.

Please read the application process carefully. If you have questions, or need assistance, please contact Michelle Hughes at or by phone: (206) 616-1383, or Dr. Beth Devine, Chair of Admissions, at, phone: 206-221-5760.

Tuition Fees and Costs

Doctoral students admitted into the program have their tuition funded, normally for the first two years. There are additional scholarships and funding opportunities for the third and fourth years.

Annual Tuition Fees 2017-2018
Graduate Tuition, Tier 1
Washington Resident: $16,272
Non-resident: $28,320

Current Tuition rates can be found on the main UW website.

Financial Aid

The Department of Pharmacy supports its graduate students with teaching assistantships (TAs) and research assistantships (RAs) or fellowships on a competitive basis. PhD students are generally supported by the program with RA’s, TA’s and fellowships over the first 2 years of the program, after which time students work with their advisors to identify subsequent sources of support.

The University’s Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers federal, state and institutional financial aid programs, including loans and work opportunities. Work-study positions are available throughout the campus. Information and application forms for financial aid are available from the Office of Student Financial Aid, University of Washington, Box 355880, Seattle, WA 98195-5880, telephone (206) 543-6101.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

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.