Samford University
McWhorter School of Pharmacy

FALL INTERVIEW DATES - Oct 26th, Dec 7th. All application materials (PharmCAS & Supplemental) must be submitted at least 5 weeks before the interview date. Spring dates to be posted at a later time.



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Bruce Foster  
      • Director of Pharmacy Admission 
      • 800 Lakeshore Drive  
      • Birmingham 
      • Alabama 
      • 35229  
      • Phone (Work): 205-726-2982 
      • Email: cbfoster@samford.edu 

      • Jon Parker  
      • Assistant Director of Admission 
      • Ingalls 103-C 
      • 800 Lakeshore Drive  
      • Birmingham 
      • Alabama 
      • 35229  
      • Phone (Work): 205-726-4242  
      • Phone (Fax): 205-726-4141 
      • Email: jmparker@samford.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  February 3, 2014


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: PharmD/Business Minor
    • Structure of your PharmD program:
      • 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: TBD 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)?: Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service?: No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy is one of eight schools located on a 200-acre campus in Birmingham's scenic Shades Valley. The campus incorporates traditional Georgian-Colonial architecture and large, grass malls with well-lighted, tree-lined paths. Conveniently located on Sherman Circle at the campus entrance, the McWhorter School of Pharmacy complex is housed in Ingalls and Russell Halls - providing 50,000 square feet of state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities. Additionally, the pharmacy school houses the Global Drug Information Center and the Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute.

    For over 80 years the McWhorter School of Pharmacy (MSOP) has prepared pharmacists through education, scholarship, example, and service. The MSOP has always sought to exhibit the highest standards of quality teaching, scholarship, and service to mankind. Since 1994, the MSOP all Pharm.D. program has prepared pharmacists for the ever changing pharmacy roles that are common in today's health-care profession. We believe education is our primary enterprise and we will continue to seek models and methods for delivering the very best learning opportunities to our students. MSOP students have a long-standing history of performing well on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).  MSOP currently enjoys a 10 year average of just greater than 98% first attempt pass rate for the NAPLEX.

    The student recruitment and admission office strives to provide the Pharmacy Admission Committee with a qualified and diverse applicant pool. Approximately fifty percent of the pharmacy student body are out-of-state residents, twenty percent minority/international, and forty percent enter with a prior bachelor's degree. Please visit our website for specific details regarding admission requirements and procedures: http://pharmacy.samford.edu.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 150
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 128
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 100
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 67
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 30%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 70%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.45
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: All interviews are complete. Apprx 200 were interviewd.
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: No Designation
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: No Designation
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: No Designation
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No Set Limit
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 2.72:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 64-67
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 28
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 64-67   
      Calculus I    
      Elementary Statistics    
      Physical Education Activity or Lifetime Health and Wellness/Fitness   
      Psychology or Sociology    
      Additional Liberal Arts    
      Human Anatomy & Physiology   
      Microbiology   
      General Chemistry    
      Organic Chemistry    
      Public Speaking    
      English Composition    
      Literature   
      World History/Western Civilization (3) OR US/American History (6)  3 or 6   
    • Additional Information: 

      One semester of Organic Chemistry must be completed by the end of the Fall term to be eligible for admission consideration. Literature course must be 200/2000/Sophomore level or above. For more information please visit http://pharmacy.samford.edu


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: 02/01/2014 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        For more information please visit http://pharmacy.samford.edu. ; From this site click on PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS and then APPLICATION CHECKLIST.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 01/2009
      • Details: 

        We accept all test dates unless otherwise noted on MSOP website.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        Required for non-US citizens

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      An ACT or SAT is also required. For waivers, please refer to MSOP Supplemental Application.


  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 02/01/2014 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      World Education Services (WES) preferred


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      One (1) academic letter of recommendation is required and must be completed by a college level Math or Science Professor who has taught you in class. If your college pre-health committee prepares a composite/collective reference, you must submit that reference along with the PharmCAS printable academic form to PharmCAS.

      One (1) non-academic letter of recommendation is also required. It is preferred that this letter be completed by a pharmacist who has supervised you in a work setting. If you do not have pharmacy experience, then the non-academic letter of recommendation may be completed by anyone who has recently supervised you in a work setting. For more information go to http://pharmacy.samford.edu.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Pharmacist
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • One (1) academic letter of recommendation is required and must be completed by a college level Math or Science Professor who has taught you in class. If your college pre-health committee prepares a composite/collective reference, you must submit that reference along with the PharmCAS printable academic form to PharmCAS. One (1) non-academic letter of recommendation is also required. It is preferred that this letter be completed by a pharmacist who has supervised you in a work setting. If you do not have pharmacy experience, then the non-academic letter of recommendation may be completed by anyone who has recently supervised you in a work setting. For more information go to http://pharmacy.samford.edu.
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Family Member
      • Politician
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: If your college pre-health committee prepares a composite/collective reference, you must submit that reference along with the PharmCAS printable academic form to PharmCAS.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • October 26th, December 7th, then January - April 
    • Details: 

      You must have COMPLETED Organic Chemistry 1 to be eligible to be interviewed. Once the Pharmacy Admission Committee reviews the applicant's file to determine interview or deny, the Pharmacy Admission Office will notify the applicant of the decision. Applicants receiving an interview invitation will be notified via e-mail with the dates for the upcoming interviews. The e-mail will instruct the applicant to contact the Pharmacy Admission Office to confirm an interview appointment.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis; generally October through May.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Four (4) weeks from date of acceptance letter
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $450.00
      • Due: due four (4) weeks from date of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • The week preceding the first day of classes 
      • Details: Typically the second week of August.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: TBD Typically the Monday of the third week of August.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No