Marshall University

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Mary Thompson
Administrative Associate

Marshall University School of Pharmacy

One John Marshall Drive - CEB
Huntington, West Virginia 25755

Phone (Work): 304-696-7354

Phone (Fax): 304-696-7309

Megan Russell
Director of Recruitment

Marshall University School of Pharmacy

One John Marshall Drive - CEB
Huntington, West Virginia 25755

Phone (Work): 304-696-7354

Phone (Fax): 304-696-7309


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: June 3, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Public
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
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates

    Fall 2018 Date To Be Determined


    Fall Preview Day will take place at the Coon Medical Education Building. Sign up information will be available on our website:

  • Dates

    Spring 2019 Date to be Determined


    Spring Preview Day will take place at the Coon Medical Education Building. Sign up information will be available on our website:

  • Dates

    Multiple Dates


    Pharmily Friday Visits are available from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The visit includes a student-led campus tour, an admissions session, and an optional one-on-one with a faculty member. Register at, and we will contact you to confirm an available date. Please contact us directly with any questions or to arrange an alternate date for a visit.

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
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? Yes
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

We are...Marshall.

At the Marshall University School of Pharmacy, we do things a bit differently.

  • Forget the traditional classroom. At Marshall, you won’t see stadium seating or hear boring lectures. Health care is team-based, so why shouldn't the classroom be? At Marshall, it is. Active Learning is the focus of Marshall’s curriculum. We chose to design our innovative spaces to best suit your unique learning style: small, intimate spaces with only 80 students per class. Marshall is proudly one of the first three exclusively flipped classroom pharmacy schools in America.

    As part of active learning, Marshall has instituted the flipped classroom. The flipped classroom places special emphasis on the social, hands-on aspect of learning. Our outstanding faculty encourage interactive teaching in these classrooms that seat students at round tables to incite discussion, team problem solving, and peer learning. Lectures are provided in advance to make the classroom a place for interactivity, knowledge development and concept emphasis with the support of peers and professors. Gone are the days in which collaboration is discouraged. At Marshall, peer learning is not only encouraged, but expected. The result? Students have been shown to earn higher grades and are 50 percent more likely to succeed than in traditional classrooms. 
  • Simulation before practice. State-of-the-art simulation areas allow you to practice skills and daily pharmacy activities before jumping into real-world situations. Mock environments include a hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy, compounding lab, and eight patient counseling offices. Applying information hands-on emphasizes memory and recollection.
  • Early practice experiences are a cornerstone of Marshall's program. There’s no waiting until your third year for practice experience. Huntington's unique tri-state area gives Marshall students the opportunity to be certified and giving immunizations within the first year and have a student license in three states (West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio).
  • Academic partnerships provide students an opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree while pursuing their Pharm.D., saving time and money. Additionally, dual degree programs allow students to explore even more career options beyond graduation. For more information on these offerings, visit

Want to learn more about Marshall? 
Visit our website at

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 150-175
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 90-110
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 80
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5+ recommended
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75+ recommended
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50th percentile or greater recommended
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.08
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-36
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 55
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 55   
English Composition I & II   
Biology I & II with Labs    
Chemistry I & II with Labs    
Human Anatomy with Lab    
Human Physiology with Lab    
Microbiology with Lab    
Organic Chemistry I & II with Labs   
Physics I with Lab   
Social Science elective    

Additional Information

Prerequisites are subject to change for upcoming admission cycles. Please visit our website at for updates.

A minimum passing letter grade of "C" is required for all prerequisite coursework. Students may request permission to complete a prerequisite course requirement during the summer term prior to matriculation.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: Required for all applicants, along with non-refundable supplemental application fee
Deadline: Due by date of scheduled interview.Postmarked by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $100.00; fee is waived for Early Decision applicants
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

The supplemental application can be found at:

Note: Admitted applicants will also be assessed a fee through our Graduate Admissions Office. That fee is $40 for domestic citizens or permanent residents and $150 for international applicants.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 2 years

MUSOP accepts PCAT test scores through the February test date of each academic year. The July PCAT test will be accepted on a case-by-case basis only.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



TOEFL is required if an applicant has not completed a degree from a U.S. institution or if a degree is from a international college/university where the primary language of instruction is not English.

TOEFL is required of all international applicants. Please see the website at for minimum score requirements. 

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

A background check, drug screen and specified immunizations will be required prior to matriculation. Information will be provided to the student prior to matriculation.

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

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

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
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: June 1, 2019 Received by deadline

Marshall University School of Pharmacy requires the WES ICAP package for all international coursework, or equivalent from an NACES member. Proof of English proficiency may be required based on individual assessment. 

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Letters should be provided by references such as professors, academic advisors, pharmacists or other health care professionals, supervisors etc. who know and can provide comment regarding your ability to be academically successful in a school of pharmacy. One letter must be an academic reference letter.  

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Science)


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details: Committee letters are accepted, but not required.
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • Multiple dates throughout the admissions cycle.

Students invited for interview will spend time with the School of Pharmacy administration, staff and current students and will participate in the various aspects of our holisitic admissions process including an MMI (multiple mini interview) series, a group dilemma, and a critical thinking assessment.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed within two weeks of the applicant's interview.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? A response to admission is due within 2 weeks of the admission offer.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: with acceptance letter
Refundable? No
Details: Acceptance letter and non-refundable enrollment deposit will be due within 2 weeks of the offer letter. In addition, a Graduate Admission Application fee will be required to complete the enrollment process. The fee is $40 for domestic citizens or permanent residents and $150 for foreign applicants. This fee is paid to the Graduate Admissions Office at Marshall University.
New Student Orientation Information:
First day of classes and/or matriculation: The School of Pharmacy generally follows the Marshall University academic calendar.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No