Application Fee Waivers: submit request to Include cumulative overall GPA and if this is 1st school or add-on school.
Letters of Recommendation can be added AFTER you submit your application.
Over $1.7 million in merit / annually renewable scholarships will be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year across all 4 classes in the program.
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Contact Information

Application Fee Waivers: submit request to Include cumulative overall GPA and if this is 1st school or add-on school.
Letters of Recommendation can be added AFTER you submit your application.
Over $1.7 million in merit / annually renewable scholarships will be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year across all 4 classes in the program.
800 Lakeshore Drive
United States

Program Application Deadline

June 2, 2025
December 2, 2024
Apply by December 2nd to be given priority consideration for all merit and annually recurring scholarships. No scholarship application required for incoming students. For more information, please go to:

Program Information

Full Accreditation
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
2 years
Not Required
4 years
Upon successful completion of the 2nd year of the PharmD program, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies.

Last Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/MBA (Business Administration), PharmD/MHA (Healthcare Administration), PharmD/MPH (Public Health), PharmD/MSHI or MHIIM (Health Informatics), Other Dual Degrees
Pharm.D./Master of Studies in Law with a Concentration in Health Law and Policy
Pharm.D./Master of Science in Nutrition

Program Description

Our PharmD Takes You Further

For almost 100 years, the McWhorter School of Pharmacy has been a beacon of excellence in our profession, and we continue to build on this rich history. What sets us apart is our commitment to innovation and on preparing students for the future of pharmacy. Our approach to education, blending traditional knowledge with cutting-edge advancements, ensures that our graduates are well-prepared and at the forefront of the profession.
The numbers speak for themselves: the #1 private school of pharmacy in the south (2024) and consistently high success rates on board examinations and pharmacy residency placement.
At McWhorter School of Pharmacy, we believe in expanding horizons. In addition to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, our students earn a Bachelor of Pharmacy Studies after their second year. We also offer six different joint degrees, including an MBA, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Health Informatics/Analytics, Master of Science in Nutrition, and Master of Studies in Law. We also have two PharmD concentrations (research and international pharmacy) and various global engagement options, including study abroad, mission trips, and international clinical rotations. Being in Birmingham, the healthcare hub of the state offers distinctive options for clinical rotations and internships.
At McWhorter School of Pharmacy, we believe in the power of community. We were ranked #1 in Student Engagement by Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (2022). Our over 5000 alumni in 46 states and five other countries testify to the strong bonds we form with our students. At McWhorter School of Pharmacy, you'll experience remarkable interprofessional opportunities, practicing alongside students and professionals from various health professions. Our state-of-the-art facilities offer a unique learning environment fostering interprofessional collaboration.

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

With the understanding that an applicant must have a GPA >/= 2.0 overall and in the Math/Science prerequisites to be considered, the applicant can be invited for an interview if any one of the following criteria is met:

1 - Overall GPA >/= to 2.75.
2 - General education prerequisite GPA >/= 3.0 and McWhorter School of Pharmacy Math/Science prerequisite GPA >/= 2.75.
3 - GPA of most recent 30 credit hours (must include at least 6 credits of math or science) >/= 3.20.
4 - Those with a career or history of service to one’s country or community.
5 - Grads of or applicants in the last semester of the Univ of AL at Birmingham MS Program in Multidisciplinary Biomedical Science with a GPA >/= 3.0.
For Details, please see website.
At least 16 credits or 4 courses of Math/Science pre-requisites must be completed prior to consideration for an interview invitation.

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Math Pre-Calculus 4
Math Calculus 1 (Optional or Statistics) 4
Statistics Elementary Statistics (Recommended or Calculus 1) 3
Biology/Biological Science Principles of Biology 4
Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2
Human Anatomy and Human Physiology
Microbiology Biology Selective Option (Microbiology recommended) 4
Chemistry General Chemistry 8
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 8
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Public Speaking 3
English Composition / Writing English Composition 6
Humanities Literature 3
Humanities World History/Western Civilization (3) OR US/American History (6) 3
Social/Behavioral Science Psychology or Sociology 3
Other Physical Education Activity or Lifetime Health and Wellness/Fitness 2
General Elective(s) Additional Liberal Arts 6
Math and Science Pre-requisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher. If labs receive a separate grade from lectures, both lecture and lab must have a grade of C or higher. General Education courses may be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
A grade for Organic Chemistry must be available by the end of the Spring semester of the application cycle. All other courses may be completed by end of the Summer semester of the application cycle.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Yes
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes
Courses must be completed from a fully accredited two year or four year institution.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Varies
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Varies
Pass/Fail grades are acceptable for courses completed in Spring 2020. All other terms must have a letter grade. Contact the Admission Office if you have questions.
Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy can only accept courses from FULLY ACCREDITED colleges and/or universities. Math and Science pre-requisite coursework should be completed within the past 5 years. For an applicant holding a bachelor's degree, all Math and Science pre-requisite coursework can be accepted within 5 years of date of degree. Petition for appeal will be considered on a case by case basis. One semester of Organic Chemistry must be completed by the end of the Spring term of the application cycle to be eligible for admission consideration. Literature course must be 200/2000/Sophomore level or above.

Supplemental Materials

Supplemental information questions and material requests are included in the program materials area (quadrant 4) within the PharmCAS application.

Standardized Tests


Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Two (2)
  • Clergy: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
  • Politician: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Any Subject Area): CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): NOT ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): CONDITIONALLY REQUIRED
  • Teaching Assistant: NOT ACCEPTED
Recommended but not required
Conditionally accepted
Must include at least one Math or Science instructor who taught you in class. Must include a Pharmacist or, if no pharmacy work experience, someone who has supervised you in a work setting or can speak to your overall character.
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



International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, US Temporary Residents, Canadian Citizens, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Foreign (non-US) Citizens, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
World Education Services (WES) preferred. All accepted applicants, including those who are not a US citizen or US Permanent Resident, MUST have a valid US Social Security number by the first day of the first Fall semester courses. A valid US Social Security number is required to be eligible for placement into Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE).
The TOEFL is only required if English is not the applicant's primary language or the applicant did not attend high school in the US or a US territory. (ie, if either statement is true, the applicant does not need to submit a TOEFL score).
Details on Post-B.S. Pharm.D. Programs


Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Yes, but only on a case-by-case basis
McWhorter School of Pharmacy offers two (2) interview days each month. These are primarily on Friday afternoons. We offer interviews regularly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. Applicants generally have follow-up on interview eligibility within 24 hours of application verification. For details, please contact
For full details on interview eligibility, please visit

Accepted Applicants

The full deposit is $500.00 and is due within two (2) weeks of the notice of acceptance.
2025-08-18, 2025-08-25
August 18, 2025 will be the first day of new student orientation.
August 25, 2025 will be the first day of class in the Fall semester.

Background Checks and Drug Screenings