International Concerns & Coursework

Applications & Transcript Evaluation

For applicants with international coursework:

The UH College of Pharmacy is now participating in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), a centralized application service for multiple doctor of pharmacy degree programs.  Students who have fulfilled the pre-pharmacy prerequisites for the fall 2014 admission cycle will apply through PharmCAS.

Once the student has submitted a completed PharmCAS application, the UH College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application will be provided.

The College of Pharmacy will only accept and begin the international transcript evaluation process as part of the fall 2014 supplemental application.  International transcript evaluations for future admission cycles will not be considered at this time.  Due to college security guidelines, international transcript evaluations that are not specific to Fall 2014 admission will not be retained by the college.  Students not applying for the fall 2014 application cycle are strongly encouraged to attend a STEP 1 advising session to receive an unofficial review of the company evaluation for pre-pharmacy prerequisites based on completed international coursework.  

Students are strongly encouraged to attend a STEP 1 advising session to become better informed about admission requirements, readiness to apply and remaining pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses. The student is asked to bring official transcripts of all USA colleges/universities and a course by course evaluation (original copy) performed by one of the following companies: World Education Services, Inc., Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.-International Education Consultants to the STEP 1 advising session.  

Please note that STEP 1 advising will provide an unofficial review of the transcript evaluation. The official international transcript evaluation process only occurs after submission and completion of the 2014 PharmCAS application and UHCOP supplemental application.  No pharmacy course credit is granted from international transcripts.

Social Security Number

A valid social security number is needed to begin the curriculum for the second year of the Pharm.D. program.

Prior to beginning the second-year curriculum, Pharm.D. students must obtain a student pharmacist intern card from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. A social security number is needed to obtain this student pharmacist intern card. In order for a student to successfully matriculate through the Pharm.D. program, the intern card must be acquired.

Individuals who do not currently possess a social security number are advised to begin the process immediately through the U.S. Social Security Office.


The student can make an appointment to attend a STEP 1 advising session to learn more about the Pharm.D. program here at UH. The College of Pharmacy Student Service Center is located in the SR II building, suite 122. You may bring U.S. transcripts (unofficial) to verify coursework already completed.

Please note: Advisors 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 National Association of Boards of Pharmacy website.


Things to remember:

  • 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 Pre-pharmacy 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.
  • The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) should be taken in the summer or fall of the year prior to admission.
  • The University of Houston does not offer a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree.