Doctor of Pharmacy

Where You Get Your Pharm.D. Matters

At Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy, we are mission driven. We believe a career in pharmacy is more than a job—it’s a deeper calling to serve your neighbors, your community and the world. Our goal is to provide you with a unique and individualized education that allows you to graduate prepared to answer your calling to care for others through pharmacy.

As a part of Samford’s College of Health Sciences, our curriculum is designed with interprofessional education at the forefront, reflecting today’s team-based approach to health care. You will learn alongside students in nursing, health professions and public health in our new College of Health Sciences facilities.

Personalize Your Pharm.D.

At McWhorter School of Pharmacy, you can personalize your Pharm.D. and graduate with a competitive advantage in the area of pharmacy you are most interested in. We offer these opportunities through:

Dual Degrees

McWhorter School of Pharmacy is one of only six pharmacy schools in the United States to offer our unique set of dual degrees, providing you the opportunity to customize your degree to align with your interests or career aspirations. Learn More

Certificate Programs

We integrate certificate programs into our curriculum, providing you the opportunity to become certified in areas like medication therapy management and immunizations before you graduate. 

Elective Courses

If you are considering a unique area of pharmacy practice, we offer electives in both the classroom setting and through Advance Pharmacy Practice Experiences, providing you the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a chosen area of pharmacy.

Research 

We offer multiple opportunities for you to become actively involved in research. All students complete a Capstone senior research project, but you can elect to be involved further through research electives or our summer research internship program. Learn More

Global Engagement

We are committed to expanding out international reach with opportunities for study abroad, mission trips and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. In 2017-18, more than 75 students traveled to 18 countries. Learn More

Application Process

You apply to McWhorter School of Pharmacy through the PharmCAS system. Admission to McWhorter School of Pharmacy is competitive and all applications are considered on merit.

Early Decision Deadline: Sept. 5, 2017
Application Deadline: June 1, 2018
Entry Month: August 2018

Admission Requirements

Additional requirements may apply for dual degree programs.

Early Decision

We participate in the early decision program through PharmCAS, which is a binding option for applicants who have decided that McWhorter School of Pharmacy is their first choice pharmacy school and that they will enroll there if accepted. As an early decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy degree program. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of your official transcripts and fee by Sept. 5, 2017. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrive 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. Applicants admitted through the early decision process will not be required to submit a deposit to hold a seat in our program. 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. We will make admission decisions on early decision applicants by Oct. 20, 2017.

Plan of Study

Our Doctor of Pharmacy program allows you complete your degree within four years. Courses are provided in-person on Samford University’s campus in Birmingham, Alabama, and McWhorter School of Pharmacy follows the academic calendar for graduate programs in Samford’s College of Health Sciences.

Doctor of Pharmacy Plan of Study

Tuition and Fees

For the official listing of our tuition and fees, visit the Bursar's Office.

Pharmacy 2017-18 Tuition and Fees
Charge Amount
Less than 12 credits, more than 21 credits, per credit per semester fall & spring $1,505
10-21 credits, per semester fall & spring $18,513
Tuition deposit (nonrefundable) $500
Campus life fee, each term $100
Campus life fee (PM4), each term $25
Pharmacy lab fee, annual each full-time student $350
PHRX473 course fee (Advanced Compounding) $50
PHRX458 course fee (Pediatric Pharmacotherapy) $30
Drug screening fee, annual each student $95
Nonrefundable course admin fee (PHRX678 or PHRX679) $250
PHRX468 course fee, varies by section (Medical Missions) up to $4,000

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a PCAT score required?

Yes. There is no required minimum score, but scores above the 60th percentile rank are viewed favorably. Scores should be sent directly to PharmCAS and not to Samford University.

Is an ACT or SAT score required?

Yes, an ACT or SAT score is required unless you took the ACT more than 12 years ago or if English is not your primary language and you did not attend high school in the United States. For those whom English is not the primary language AND who did not attend high school in the U.S., the TOEFL is required (submitted to PharmCAS).

I will have earned an undergraduate degree prior to entering pharmacy school. How does that affect my application?

Applicants holding an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university—or who will be receiving one prior to starting pharmacy school—and have completed all mathematics and science requirements in the prepharmacy curriculum will only be required to satisfy the Public Speaking and Elementary Statistics requirements. Applicants must submit an ACT or SAT score.

Is preference given to student from Alabama?

No. State of residence is not a factor in the admission process. Our student body is diverse, including students from a variety of states and countries.

How many students are accepted for each class?

125-128 students are admitted each year.

Do I qualify for financial aid?

You must have a minimum of 72 hours of undergraduate coursework completed prior to enrollment to be eligible for consideration for Graduate level Federal Student Loan assistance. Learn More

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