The PharmD Program

Application Deadlines

Early Decision: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
General Decision: Monday, June 1, 2020


Marshall currently provides a four-year Pharm.D. degree with didactic classes in session from August to May each academic year.  The Marshall Pharm.D. program does not require a Bachelor’s degree for admission.  Students can complete the necessary prerequisite coursework for pharmacy school in as few as two years.

Pre-Pharmacy Prerequisite Coursework (Fall 2020)

Admission to the Marshall School of Pharmacy Pharm. D. program is competitive. In order to be successfully considered for admission, applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • A recommended minimum 2.5 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale,
  • A recommended minimum 2.75 prerequisite coursework GPA on a 4.0 scale, and
  • Successful completion of the following pre-pharmacy prerequisite coursework. Successful completion is defined as receiving a “C” or better in the indicated course.
  • NEW FOR FALL 2020:  Marshall University School of Pharmacy will no longer require the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) for applicants.
English Composition 6 credit hours OR 2 semesters
Calculus 3 credit hours OR 1 semester
Statistics 3 credit hours OR 1 semester
Biology w/ Lab 8 credit hours OR 2 semesters
Chemistry w/ Lab 8 credit hours OR 2 semesters
Human Anatomy w/ Lab 4 credit hours OR 1 semester
Human Physiology w/ Lab 4 credit hours OR 1 semester
Microbiology w/ Lab 4 credit hours OR 1 semester
Organic Chemistry w/ Lab 8 credit hours OR 2 semesters
Physics w/ Lab 4 credit hours OR 1 semester
Social Science 3 credit hours OR 1 semester

Total minimum credit hours: 55 hours

If you have questions regarding substitutions for prerequisite coursework, please email and include the following: name of college/university, course description, and course syllabus.


The Marshall School of Pharmacy takes a holistic view of an applicant’s background for the purpose of admission. The following guidelines are required to be met for admission:

  1. Expected completion of all pre-pharmacy coursework prior to fall enrollment, with a recommended minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and 2.75 for pre-requisite coursework. (Please note: completion of an undergraduate degree is not required.)
  2. Completion and submission of all required application documents and fees (see instructions below)
  3. Satisfactory completion of on-campus candidate interview

International applicants should complete the TOEFL with a minimum composite score of 80.

Please Note: If you are in the OIG (Office of the Inspector General) Exclusion Database you will not be able to complete the curriculum of the PharmD program. Health care entities are prohibited from having workers or students in the OIG Exclusion database.

Step 1

Students must complete an application for admission via the PharmCAS website. Applications must be completed and submitted electronically by the appropriate application deadline.
2019-20 Deadlines

  • Early Decision: September 3, 2019
  • Regular Decision: June 1, 2020

As part of the PharmCAS application, you will be expected to:

    1. Submit an official College/University transcript to PharmCAS from each previously attended college. Advise the Registrar’s Office to enclose the PharmCAS Transcript Request Form with your official sealed transcript and mail it directly to PharmCAS. If the form is not included with your transcript, PharmCAS may have difficulty matching your transcript to your application and it may be delayed.

PO Box 9109
Watertown, MA 02471-4403

  1. Secure three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are key in the initial review for interview consideration. Highest consideration of recommendations are allotted to those who can attest to your academic success in the program, such as an academic advisor or faculty member.  One letter is required to be submitted by a science faculty.
Step 2

In addition to PharmCAS, a supplemental application must be submitted along with a non-refundable $100 supplemental application fee. For students applying via Early Decision for the 2019-20 Admissions Cycle, the supplemental application fee will be waived.

Step 3

Prepare for an interview After submission and verification of the PharmCAS application and supplement, the Admissions Committee will invite selected students for an on-site interview during the months of October (for Early Decision) through June. Candidates selected for admission will receive an offer within one to two weeks post-interview. Read more about the Marshall School of Pharmacy interview process.

Step 4

Apply for the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)after October 1. The FAFSA determines student eligibility for federal and state financial aid. Read more about financial aid at the Marshall School of Pharmacy in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 5

Apply for scholarships. The School of Pharmacy offers a variety of student scholarships for students in their first through third year. Visit the Scholarship Opportunities page for information and application forms for current awards.

The deadline for all scholarship applications is March 15th of each year. Applications should be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs at Questions about the scholarships should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at 304-696-7354 or with any questions.

Step 6

Upon admission, submit your $500 enrollment deposit. If you are admitted to the Marshall School of Pharmacy, you will be notified via mail. Students are required to pay a non-refundable $500 enrollment deposit to save a seat in the class. Most deadlines are within two weeks of receiving your admissions letter.

Once you sign and return your deposit, than you can officially declare yourself as a member of the Herd and the newest member of the Marshall “Pharmily.” Once your coursework is complete, you will mail your transcripts to the Marshall University School of Pharmacy to verify successful completion of coursework, receiving a C or better in each of the indicated prerequisite courses. Once your academic update has been verified, you will be enrolled in coursework for the fall semester.

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 304-696-7352 or with any questions.

Step 7

Contact Graduate Admissions to Submit and Complete Marshall University Required Documentation. Once you sign and return your $500 deposit to MUSOP, you will also need to contact Marshall University Graduate Admissions to pay the $40 non-refundable application fee.  We will provide them with your application.  Please do not submit the online graduate application.  The non-refundable fee is assessed by the University as part of their admissions and enrollment process.  Online applicants can pay the fee securely online using a credit card at the time of application, or you  may mail a check or call the Admissions Office at 304-746-1900 to pay by credit card over the phone.  Check, money order, or bank draft payable to Marshall University are also accepted.  Contact MU Graduate Admissions at 304-746-1900 or with any questions.

Student Health Insurance Requirement

As of August 2015, all PharmD students are required to have or purchase high-quality health insurance due to the inherent risks that pharmacy students are exposed to at experiential education sites. Information for the 2019-20 academic year will be updated as the new contract is awarded. Students may select health insurance plans through the default plan provided by AIG.

Students of the School of Pharmacy are AUTOMATICALLY enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan unless proof of other insurance coverage is demonstrated. All students who are enrolled may also insure their eligible dependents. Details as to the definition of eligible student and eligible dependents, fees, and waiver requirements are available at

Students who already have a health insurance plan that offers coverage meeting specific criteria can request a waiver of the requirement to purchase this plan. Students that anticipate requesting a waiver should carefully review the waiver criteria and requirements on the student health insurance plan website.

Other Circumstances

Students are encouraged to reapply if previously not admitted into the School of Pharmacy. Students can use their PharmCAS application from the previous year, which will include all data entered (which cannot be changed, only added to). Students will still need to submit new transcripts, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. Students interested in re-applying to the Pharm.D. program are welcome to speak with the Office of Student Affairs to discuss suggestions for improving their pharmacy application.

To speak with an individual regarding reapplying or transferring, contact 304-696-7354 or e-mail


First Year (P1) – Fall

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 541 Intro to Pharmacy 1 4
PHAR 542 Immunology and Microbiology 4
PHAR 546 Pharm Biochemistry 4
PHAR 511 Clinical Immunology 1
PHAR 531 Biopharmaceutics 1 3
PHAR 522 Intro to MedChem 2
Total Semester Hours: 18

First Year (P1) – Spring

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 543 Intro to Pharmacy 2 4
PHAR 544 Principles of Disease and Drug Action 4
PHAR 532 Biopharmaceutics 2 3
PHAR 521 Integrated Lab I 2
PHAR 545 Therapeutics 1 – OTC 4
PHAR 811 IPPE Community 1 1
PHAR 819 IPPE Longitudinal *
Total Semester Hours: 18

First Year (P1) – Summer

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 821 IPPE Institutional 2
Total Semester Hours: 2

Second Year (P2) – Fall

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 631 Pharmacometrics 3
PHAR 632 Practice Management 1 – Leadership 3
PHAR 621 Pharmacy Law and Ethics 2
PHAR 622 Exploration of Competency and Responsibility in Pharmacy Practice (D. I. and Communications) 2
PHAR 661 Therapeutics 2 – ID, Immuno, Skin, ENT 6
PHAR 611 Integrated Lab II 1
PHAR 813 IPPE Community 2 1
PHAR 819 IPPE Longitudinal *
Total Semester Hours: 18

Second Year (P2) – Spring

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 671 Therapeutics 3 – Cardio, Renal, Electro, Pulmonary 7
PHAR 633 Patient Care Lab 2 3
PHAR 634 Practice Management 2 – Financial Management 3
PHAR 612 Therapeutic Drug Dosing (Clinical Pharmacometrics) 1
PHAR 635 Bridging Research Outcomes and Patient Care (Clinical Study Design and Lit Review) 3
PHAR 819 IPPE Longitudinal *
Total Semester Hours: 17

Second Year (P2) – Summer

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 816 IPPE Inpatient Clinical Skills 1
PHAR 711 MTM Certification Program 1
Total Semester Hours: 2

Third Year (P3) – Fall

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 722 Pharmacy Practice Management III: Patient Safety 2
PHAR 741 Therapeutics 5 – Endocrine Diseases, Genitourinary Diseases, and Reproduction 4
PHAR 751 Therapeutics 4 – Neurologic and Psychiatric diseases 5
PHAR ### Elective 3
PHAR 815/817 IPPE Management or Outpatient Clinical Skills 1
PHAR 819 IPPE Longitudinal *
Total Semester Hours: 15

Third Year (P3) – Spring

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
PHAR 731 Case Studies in Pharmacy Practice 3
PHAR 761 Therapeutics 6 – Hematological Diseases, Oncological Diseases, Musculoskeletal Diseases, Gastrointestinal Diseases, Hepatic Diseases, And Nutrition 6
PHAR 721 Therapeutics 7 – Providing Care to Special Populations 2
PHAR ### Elective 3
PHAR 815/817 IPPE Management or Outpatient Clinical Skills 1
PHAR 819 IPPE Longitudinal 1
PHAR 712 APhA Diabetes Certificate Program 1
PHAR ### NAPLEX and Law Review Pre-APPE 0
Total Semester Hours: 17

Fourth Year (P4) – Fall/Spring/Summer

Total Credit Hours: 151


Marshall University School of Pharmacy covers the cost for 3 national APhA (American Pharmacists Association) certifications:

Marshall Pharmacy Early Assurance Scholars Program

Marshall University School of Pharmacy (MUSOP) offers an early assurance program known as the Pharmacy Early Assurance Scholars Program. The program is designed for outstanding high school students who are committed to the pursuance of pharmacy as a career upon graduation. The program is intended to recognize outstanding high school seniors with provisional early assurance to the MUSOP PharmD program. Students who are admitted into this program are expected to meet all requirements to successfully matriculate into the MUSOP PharmD Program at the beginning of their third year at the university.

Program Requirements:

  • Student must enroll as a freshman directly from high school.
  • Student must indicate pre-pharmacy as their intended concentration upon entry to Marshall University. Note: Student should choose Biology or Chemistry as their major if choosing to pursue the BS to PharmD accelerated pathway option.
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed at Marshall University or at approved partner institution.* All coursework taken off campus must be obtained from an accredited U.S. institution for a letter grade. Pass/Fail, online/distance learning and foreign courses are not accepted.
  • Student must maintain continuous full-time university enrollment (excluding summer terms).

*Waivers may be considered on a case-by-case basis for exceptional circumstances.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Early Assurance Pharmacy Program is highly selective.

  • 3.4 unweighted high school GPA. *An adjusted GPA resulting from participation in advanced placement or honors courses will be used if provided by a high school official.
  • 24 composite ACT (with Math sub-score of 21) OR a new SAT composite score of 1160

Students who do not demonstrate these proficiencies will not be eligible for admission through the Early Assurance program. Prerequisite courses may be completed prior to high school graduation through AP or IB exam credit articulation.

Program Pathway & Expectations

Pre-Pharmacy Pathway (6 Year Pathway to PharmD)

  • Candidates must complete the Marshall School of Pharmacy prerequisite courses.
  • Successful candidates must earn a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA upon application to the Doctor of Pharmacy program.
  • Students are not required to take the PCAT. Students who wish to take the PCAT to supplement their application must do so no later than the January date prior to fall entry in the first professional year of the PharmD program. *Note – some scholarships may require a PCAT for consideration. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for additional information.
Additional Program Requirements
  • All Marshall University prerequisite undergraduate courses must be completed with a grade equal to or greater than C, regardless of cumulative GPA.
  • Repeat grades will not be used in computing the Early Assurance GPA, but an average of the original and repeated course.
  • All Early Assurance pathway students will receive academic advising by the pre-professional academic advisor in the College of Science. Additionally, students will be granted full admission to the pre-pharmacy club with access to members-only networking events, exclusive merchandise, and all associated fees covered by the School of Pharmacy.
  • Students who have less than the indicated GPA or grade requirements will no longer be eligible for Early Assurance, but will be re-designated as "pre-pharmacy" and encouraged to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy program as a regular candidate.
  • Early Assurance candidates must apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy program utilizing the Early Decision process. Candidates must successfully fulfill all requirements for admission including successful completion of an interview in accordance with the American Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) Guidelines.

*All admission offers are contingent upon completion of remaining coursework and matriculation requirements.

How to Apply

To be considered for Early Assurance, qualified students must complete the following:

  1. Submit all items for general undergraduate admission to Marshall University as required the Office of Admissions. Applicants must indicate their concentration as "pre-pharmacy".
  2. Students must submit the Marshall Pharmacy Early Assurance Scholars Program Application no later than June 1 of the high school graduation year and can be found here. Additionally, a nonrefundable $50 application fee must be received by June 1 by the Office of Student Affairs at the Marshall University School of Pharmacy. *Please make checks payable to Marshall University School of Pharmacy.

Final decisions regarding admission to the Early Assurance Program will be communicated no later than July 1.

*Offer contingent on meeting minimum admissions and program requirements.

Questions?  Please contact Brittany Davis Thompson, Recruitment Specialist, at or 304-696-7296.

Financial Aid

For detailed information on financing your Doctor of Pharmacy degree, please contact Jean Ann Bevans, Assistant Director of Student Financial Assistance, via email or by phone at 304-696-2279.

School of Pharmacy Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of friends and various organizations/corporations, the Marshall School of Pharmacy awards nearly a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships to PharmD students annually.

Incoming pharmacy students are eligible for several scholarships administered by the School of Pharmacy scholarship committee. Incoming students receive scholarship notification prior to their incoming semester depending on availability.

To be eligible, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Funds are awarded on a first-come first-served basis based on the students’ state of residence. The application must be submitted for the academic year during which the student plans to be enrolled and reapplication is required for each year that aid is requested.


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The Basics

What is a Doctor of Pharmacy?
How long does it take to complete the PharmD program?
Do you have a PhD or PharmD/MBA program?
Can you complete the program online or part-time?
How many students apply to the PharmD program? How many are accepted?
Am I considered an in-state or out-of-state student?
I really like Marshall, but I heard you weren't fully accredited. Isn't it important to go to an accredited School/College of Pharmacy?
What does your academic calendar look like?

The Application Process

When should I apply?
What's the difference between Early Decision vs. Regular Decision?
Is a bachelor's degree required for admission?
When is the latest date I can take the PCAT?
I am a terrible test taker. What is the absolute minimum PCAT score you will accept?
Do I need to have all my prerequisites completed before I apply?
Is there a time limit on prerequisite coursework?
Can I take prerequisite courses at the School of Pharmacy?
Do you admit international students?
What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?
Is work experience in the pharmacy field required for admission?

Coursework & Equivalencies

My institution teaches Anatomy & Physiology as one course, not as two separate courses. Will it count?
My institution teaches XXX class for 4 credits but it looks as though I need 5 credits. Will this count?
Is there a time requirement for prerequisite coursework?
I received a D the first time I took XXX prerequisite course, but received a B on the second attempt. Do you take the highest grade?
Do you accept AP scores for prerequisites?

The Interview & Admission

Can you tell me about the interview process?
What should I wear?
I can't make it to Marshall. Can I Skype my interview?
When will I receive my admission notification?
Is there a waitlist for applicant admission?
If I am not accepted, can I reapply?

Tuition & Financial Aid

How much is tuition and fees?
Is financial aid available?
How do I apply?

Experiential Learning

How do rotations work?
Am I required to have a driver's license and vehicle?
What is an IPPE and an APPE?
Will IPPEs and APPEs completed within the curriculum meet the requirements for state licensure? Or will I need extra hours in addition to the program?
Where will my IPPE locations be located?
Can I have an APPE rotation in my hometown? OR I know a pharmacist in my hometown. Can I do an APPE rotation with them?


Is a laptop required for the program?
Can I work while in the PharmD program?
Do you have block exams?
Do you have any housing recommendations while in the program?
Is parking available at the School of Pharmacy?
What do all of those acronyms mean? (IPPE, APPE, MUSOP, OSCE, etc.)