International Concerns & Coursework
Applications & Transcript Evaluation
The UH College of Pharmacy (UHCOP) participates in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), a centralized application service for multiple doctor of pharmacy degree programs. Applicants applying for the Fall 2023 admission cycle will apply through PharmCAS.
UHCOP Supplemental Application
The UH College of Pharmacy requires a Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application fee ($100) to the UH College of Pharmacy.
International Coursework Evaluation
The College of Pharmacy will only accept and begin the international transcript evaluation process after an applicant has submitted the PharmCAS and UHCOP Fall 2023 supplemental application. International transcript evaluations for future admission cycles will not be considered at this time. Requests for international coursework evaluations must be submitted by September 30, 2022.
In order to receive an evaluation of international transcript(s), the applicant must submit:
1. PharmCAS application
2. UHCOP Supplemental Application and $100 Supplemental application Fee
3. Unofficial international transcript(s) submitted through PharmCAS in the Program Materials Section under Documents
4. Syllabi and catalog course descriptions submitted through PharmCAS in the Program Materials Section under Documents for the specific courses you hope to use for meeting prerequisite courses
5. A course by course evaluation (original copy) performed by World Education Services, Inc. (submitted through PharmCAS)
Official, sealed international transcript(s) must be mailed directly to UHCOP and received no later than May 1, 2023.
All items mailed to UHCOP must be sent to the following address:
University of Houston College of Pharmacy Office of Admissions
4349 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Room 3044
Houston, Texas 77204-5000
Applicants will be contacted by email for final official evaluation results. Applicants uncertain of whether or not international coursework would satisfy prerequisites are encouraged to complete domestic courses to meet prerequisites in a timely fashion.
NOTE: The official course evaluation is done upon submission of the Supplemental Application. No pharmacy course credit is granted from international transcripts.
Social Security Number
A valid Social Security Number is required to begin the Pharm.D. program.
Under the Texas State Board of Pharmacy Rules and Regulations, a student is required to register as an intern trainee upon entry into the professional pharmacy degree program. A Social Security number is mandatory and required to be issued an intern trainee card.
For more information, contact the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, William P. Hobby Building, Tower 3, Suite 3-600, 333 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78701, or by phone at 512-305-8000. http://www.tsbp.state.tx.us/infocist/internship.htm
Individuals who do not currently possess a Social Security Number are advised to begin the process immediately through the U.S. Social Security Office.
Students are encouraged to meet with a College of Pharmacy adviser.
For available dates and times, please visit Admissions Counseling page.
The College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. Student Services office is located in Health 2, 4349 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Room 3044.
Please note: Advisers do not evaluate international transcripts.
Additional information is available on the FAQ page.
Non-pharmacy Degree Programs
The PharmCAS application and other information on this page relate only to prospective candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional degree program. For information on the college's other degree programs, please visit the Prospective Students section.
Additional information about the pharmacy profession is available on the pharmacyforme.org website.
Things to Remember
- No Pharm.D. course credit is granted from international transcripts. Only credit for meeting prerequisite courses.
- Admission to the College of Pharmacy only occurs in the fall semester.
- Admission to the Pharm.D. program requires the completion of approximately 70 hours of prerequisite undergraduate coursework, which takes most students 2-2 ½ (two to two and one-half) years to complete.
- The Pharm.D. program is a full-time, four-year program. Possession of a pharmacy degree from outside of the U.S. does not decrease the number of years required to complete the Pharm.D. program requirements for graduation from UH College of Pharmacy.
- All math and science courses must be completed by the spring semester prior to admission into the College of Pharmacy.
- If choosing to take the optional Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) it is ideal to take the exam in the summer or fall of the year prior to admission.
- The University of Houston does not offer a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree.
- All Letters of Reference submitted through PharmCAS must be from individuals residing in the U.S.
- Volunteer/Community Service work is required to be completed in the U.S.
- If invited, applicants must attend either an in-person interview that occurs in the Health 2 building in Houston, Texas, or virtually through Zoom technology in order to be considered for acceptance.
When do I submit the required materials?
For Fall 2023 PharmD admission, all required materials should be provided after the PharmCAS and UHCOP Supplemental application and $100.00 Supplemental Application fee have been submitted. Deadline for Submissions of International documents: September 30, 2022.
We cannot guarantee that requests for international credit received after September 30, 2022 will be processed.
Applicants who are not applying for Fall 2023: International transcript evaluation packets will not be retained by UHCOP.
What is the timeline for international course evaluation?
Many factors contribute to the timely completion of the course evaluation process; the process can take a few weeks to several months. Applicants are encouraged to submit required items immediately after their PharmCAS application has been verified and their UHCOP Supplemental Application has been submitted.
What is the best way to get started?
We strongly encourage potential applicants with international coursework to schedule an online Admissions Counseling appointment to review their situation and offer suggestions on how to best navigate the process.
What prerequisite courses can be completed while awaiting the international course evaluation?
UHCOP strongly encourages applicants to enroll in approved prerequsite coursework until you have learned if the international coursework you have submitted has been approved.
Enrolling in approved prerequisite courses is the only way to guarantee that you will fulfill your prerequisites as required.
Applicants are encouraged to complete U.S. based prerequiste courses (i.e. U.S. Government, U.S. History, First Year Writing I, etc.) or earn test credit for them while awaiting their international coursework evaluation. The UH Testing Center offers several of these course for credit by exam or you may take them at a testing center nearest you.
Review the UHCOP Pharm.D. prerequisites course list to aid in course-selection. All prerequisite math and science courses must be completed by Spring 2023. Any non-math and science prerequisite courses must be completed by Summer 2023.