School of Pharmacy

Admission Requirements

Students interested in pursuing admission to the Pharm.D. program at Marshall must apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS at The suggested minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) for admission consideration is a 2.50 on a 4.00 scale and the suggested prerequisite GPA minimum is 2.75. Prerequisite coursework need not be completed prior to application, but must be completed prior to matriculation into the Pharm.D. program.

The school admits students only for the fall semester. Admission to the professional program is competitive and the admission process considers each candidate holistically. Students are initially screened based upon academic accomplishments (overall and prerequisite GPA) and reference letters in support of the application.

Students admitted to the program must have the physical, mental and emotional ability to learn and accomplish the competencies required of a pharmacy practitioner, as well as the character and thought processes necessary to make professional judgments that benefit the patients being served. Applicants with exceptional scholastic performance and reference letters will be considered for an on-site interview. On-site interviews will focus upon assessing student leadership skills, character, motivation, critical thinking skills, communication abilities, problem-solving ability and group work skills.

The Marshall University School of Pharmacy encourages qualified members of groups underrepresented in pharmacy to apply. The school does not discriminate because of race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability or national origin. Detailed information on the admissions process and a copy of the School of Pharmacy catalog are available at

Degree Requirements

School of Pharmacy Prerequisite Coursework

In order to optimally be prepared for the rigors of the program, students will require knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of communication (composition), science (biology, chemistry, and physics), human anatomy, human physiology, and math. The program’s prerequisite coursework is designed to provide the student with sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge to facilitate program success. A summary of the Pharm.D. program prerequisite coursework is provided below:

English Composition (2 semesters)6
Calculus (1 semester)3
Statistics (1 semester)3
Biology w/Lab (2 semesters)8
Chemistry w/Lab (2 semesters)8
Human Anatomy w/Lab (1 semester)4
Human Physiology w/Lab (1 semester)4
Microbiology w/Lab (1 semester)4
Organic Chemistry w/Lab (2 semesters)8
Physics w/Lab (1 semester)4
Social Science (1 semester)3