The primary objective of the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is to educate practitioners for current and future roles in the profession of pharmacy. The Pharm.D. program comprises four years of professional study preceded by a minimum of two years of pre-pharmacy coursework in a U.S. or foreign accredited college/university of arts and sciences. To prepare for the professional curriculum, students must complete a pre-pharmacy curriculum that emphasizes the biological and chemical sciences. In addition, pre-pharmacy students must complete a variety of courses of their choosing in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Students enter a competitive application process in the year prior to intended matriculation to the four year professional curriculum. Details regarding the pre-pharmacy course requirements are found on the major tab.

Pharm.D. Admissions

Admissions are competitive. Criteria used to evaluate candidates include academic performance, as measured by the grade point averages (GPA) for all the above-noted prerequisite courses and the cumulative GPA achieved in all prior college-level coursework, Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) scores (including a written essay), a personal interview, and letters of recommendation. Prerequisite courses may be taken at an accredited U.S. or foreign institution of higher education and completed with a grade of C or better. Careful consideration is given to those personal qualifications which bear upon the fitness of applicants for the study and practice of the profession of pharmacy.

All applicants must first file an initial electronic application with the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). Instructions for completing the application are found on the PharmCAS website: Application deadlines are subject to change; check PharmCAS, the School of Pharmacy website at or contact the School to verify current deadlines. 

Each applicant recommended for acceptance is required to pay a deposit of $500 before his or her name is added to the official list of those accepted by the School of Pharmacy. If the applicant enrolls, this sum is applied to the first-semester tuition. If the applicant fails to enroll, this deposit is forfeited.

With enrollment in the School of Pharmacy, all students must comply with the immunization and diagnostic procedures required by the WVU Board of Governors, WVU, the WVU Health Sciences Center, and the School of Pharmacy.

Complete information may be obtained from:

School of Pharmacy Office of Student Services 
WVU Health Sciences Center 
P.O. Box 9500 
Morgantown, WV 26506-9500

Pharmacy College Admission Test

Completion of the Pharmacy College Admission Test is a requirement for admission to the School. It is recommended that the student take this test in the summer or fall before making application for admission. Information concerning time and place of the test can be obtained from NCS Pearson, Inc. 

PCAT Customer Relations 
19500 Bulverde Road 
San Antonio, TX 78259 
1-800-622-3231 or (210) 339-8710 
Fax 1-800-727-0811 or 1-800-999-5941 

Personal Interview

The Admissions Committee requires a personal interview with selected candidates. Interviews are held during the fall and spring semester at the WVU Health Sciences Center in Morgantown.

Letters of Recommendation 

A total of three recommendations are required. Two academic recommendations are required and must be provided by course instructors in any two of the pre-pharmacy course requirements. The third recommendation may be provided by a variety of individuals. Please refer to the PharmCAS website for more detailed information.

Early Decision

The Early Decision program is a binding option for applicants who decide West Virginia University is the degree program of their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you may apply to only one pharmacy degree program.

The Early Decision application deadline is typically the first of September. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of your official transcripts and fee by the September deadline. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrives after the deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your file from early decision status to regular status.

You may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status. If you are offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS institutions. If, however, you are denied admission as an Early Decision applicant, you may apply to other PharmCAS institutions for an additional fee. Refer to the PharmCAS application fee schedule to determine the cost to apply to each additional program. PharmCAS institutions will make admission decisions on early decision applicants by mid October.

Admission to Advanced Standing for Transfer Students

If space is available, students from other accredited schools of pharmacy may be admitted, provided they meet the prerequisite course requirements of the WVU School of Pharmacy, have at least a 2.5 professional grade point average, are in good academic and professional standing at the school of origin, and are eligible for continuation toward a degree in pharmacy at the school initially attended. Grades of D in professional courses cannot be transferred.

Provisional Admission

An applicant accepted into the first year, or an advanced standing transfer student, is expected to have met all entrance requirements and satisfactorily completed all pre-pharmacy coursework in progress prior to matriculation. A satisfactory performance in the completion of such coursework is defined as one that is consistent with the student’s previous academic record and must include no grades of D or lower in prerequisite courses. While it is preferred that all prerequisite coursework be completed by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation, it is possible to complete up to two non-sequential prerequisite courses before the start of pharmacy student orientation in the fall semester of matriculation. Failure to do so will result in revocation of the acceptance by the Admissions Committee.

Admitted students must remain free of any violations of local, state, or federal law that would prohibit their ability to obtain an intern license from the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy.

Furnishing or causing to furnish false or incorrect information for the purpose of gaining admission to the School of Pharmacy constitutes grounds for disciplinary action including, but not limited to, expulsion or revocation of acceptance.

Students in the School of Pharmacy agree to abide by the provisions of the Student Code of Academic and Professional Integrity. Upon admission, each student is required to return a signed statement to the Office of Student Services indicating the student has read and understands the Policy on Academic and Professional Standards and the Student Code of Academic and Professional Integrity of the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. The code and copies of the statement are available in the Office of Student Services in the School of Pharmacy, and on the School of Pharmacy website.

Academic and Technical Standards and Policies

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum Requirements

Biochemistry Requirement
Select one of the following:3
Introductory Biochemistry
Introduction to Biochemistry
Biology Requirement
Select one of the following BIOL 115 preferred - (May fulfill GEF 2): *4
Principles of Biology
General Biology
and General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
and General Biology Laboratory
BIOL 117Introductory Physiology (May fulfill GEF 8)4
Chemistry Requirement
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (May fulfill GEF 8)4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry (May fulfill GEF 8)4
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 234
CHEM 236
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Economics Requirement
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (May fulfill GEF 4)3
English Requirement
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric (May fulfill GEF 1)3
ENGL 102Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (May fulfill GEF 1)3
Math Requirement
Select one of the following (May fulfill GEF 3):3
Applied Calculus
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
Calculus 1
Microbiology Requirement
Select one of the following:3
General Microbiology
Environmental Microbiology
Medical Microbiology
Physiology Requirement
PSIO 241Elementary Physiology4
or BIOL 235 Human Physiology
Public Speaking Requirement
CSAD 270Effective Public Speaking3
Statistics Requirement
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference3
or ECON 225 Elementary Business and Economics Statistics
General University Orientation Requirement
PHAR 191First-Year Seminar1
General Education Foundations
GEF Requirements 5, 6, 79
Total Hours62

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
BIOL 1154BIOL 1174
CHEM 1154CHEM 1164
MATH Requirement3ENGL 1013
CSAD 2703STAT 211 or ECON 2253
PHAR 1911 
 15 14
Second Year
Select one of the following:3Select one of the following:3
 CHEM 2343
CHEM 2333CHEM 2361
CHEM 2351ECON 2013
ENGL 1023GEF #73
GEF #53BIOL 235 or PSIO 2413-4
GEF #63 
 16 16-17
Total credit hours: 61-62

PHAR 191. First-Year Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

Engages students in active learning strategies that enable effective transition to college life at WVU. Students will explore school, college and university programs, policies and services relevant to academic success. Provides active learning activities that enable effective transition to the academic environment. Students examine school, college and university programs, policies and services.

PHAR 199. Orientation to Pharmacy 1-2 Hr. 1,2 Hour.

Orientation to degree programs and requirements, departmental resources, curriculum options, student responsibilities, and opportunities.

PHAR 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper or equivalent scholarly project, or a dissertation.

PHAR 498. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.