Published Survey
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Contact Information

4600 Sunset Avenue
United States
  • Name: Emily Robison
    Title: Transfer Admission Counselor
    Office: Office of Admission
    Phone (Work): 888-940-8100
  • Name: Dr. Angela V. Ockerman, PharmD
    Title: Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
    Office: College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Phone (Work): 317-940-8516

Program Application Deadline

April 3, 2023
To automatically be reviewed by our University Admission staff and the Pharmacy Admission Committee, applications must be submitted by April 3rd. Students who wish to be reviewed after that date may contact our Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at to request an extension if there are still seats available.

Butler begins a rolling admission process after our Early Application Deadline of January 7th, so the earlier you apply, the better your odds of obtaining a seat.
November 1, 2022
Butler's Early Admission process is an opportunity for a select group of strong candidates to secure the first seats in the class with admission decisions as early as December. Preference is given to applicants with VERIFIED PharmCAS applications at the deadline. Other criteria which could improve your selection for this opportunity include entering the program with a BA/BS degree or higher, having no more than 3 outstanding pre-requisite courses and strong math/science academic performance.

Program Information

Full Accreditation
Not applicable
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 2 - 4
Not Required
Early assurance

Last Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/MBA (Business Administration)
Students have access to a variety of degree programs at Butler University. In the past, students have completed their PharmD as well as a Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Butler students are currently working on their PharmD alongside Butler's Masters in Data Analytics with a focus on Health Outcomes and Bioinformatics.

Program Description

Butler is a private, comprehensive university with over 5,000 full-time students enrolled in six colleges on our beautiful 295-acre campus. We're located in Indianapolis providing access to excellent, highly diverse clinical and other experiences within the pharmaceutical industry as well as the broader healthcare system. With a strong track record of creating highly qualified pharmacy practitioners since 1904, our current curriculum prepares students for practice in all professional environments including innovative pharmacy settings as well as post-graduate academic opportunities such as fellowships and residencies. Concentrations are available in Medical Spanish, Pharmaceutical Sciences or Patient Care Research, and Entrepreneurship.

Our mission is to provide innovative, interprofessional experiences with a liberal arts perspective to develop life-long learners serving society as dedicated health professionals and community leaders. We take pride in our students and alumni. Butler graduates consistently achieve a NAPLEX 1st-time pass rate significantly above the national average. Our 3-year aggregate pass rate is 95% compared to 86% nationally (2019-2021). Our 2021 pass-rates were the highest in the nation. Approximately 60% of our graduates go directly into the workforce after graduation with a 98% job placement (Class of 2021) six months after graduation. For those students choosing to pursue a post-graduate clinical residency programs, Butler's residency match rate was 73% in 2021 (national average was 65%). On average, 4-6% of Butler graduates pursue non-clinical fellowships and 1% go on to PhD programs!

We believe in experiential education providing significant laboratories and simulations for our students in the didactic portion in addition to a variety of 4-week pharmacy practice experiences; 2 introductory experiences and 10 advanced practice experiences at excellent sites in Indiana and nationwide with global health sites available.

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

While preference is given to students with the stated high level of academic performance, we believe in looking at students holistically in our admission process reviewing each applicant individually. There is more to preparing tomorrow's healthcare leaders both locally and globally than can sometimes be predicted by prerequisite or cumulative GPAs. Every suitable candidate, regardless of background, merits an individual review by faculty, many of whom maintain active practice sites and understand what patient's need in a provider first-hand. Therefore, we also look for positive academic trends in a student's record as a way to be assured that admitted students can be successful in our program.
Each qualified applicant in PharmCAS is reviewed for completion of foundational math and science prerequisites at the appropriate level allowing for slight modifications in the number of credit hours as appropriate. Students entering Butler's PharmD Program without a previous Bachelors degree, must also complete our Core Curriculum. Those students will also be evaluated to ensure they can reasonably complete both the PharmD and Core Curriculum requirements for on-time graduation.

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Chemistry General Chemistry 1 with lab
[Equivalent to CH105 at Butler University]
Chemistry General Chemistry 2 with lab
[Equivalent to CH106 at Butler University]
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 1 with lab
[Equivalent to CH351 at Butler University]
Chemistry Organic Chemistry 2 with lab
[Equivalent to CH352 at Butler University]
Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy and Physiology 1 (with or without lab)
[Equivalent to PX326 at Butler University]
Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy and Physiology 2 (with or without lab)
[Equivalent to PX327 at Butler University]
Biology/Biological Science Introduction to Cell Biology (with or without lab)
[Equivalent to BI105 at Butler University]
Microbiology Principles of Pathogenic Microbiology with lab
[Equivalent to BI325 at Butler University]
Math Calculus & Analytical Geometry
[Equivalent to MA106 at Butler University]
All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the August start of the PharmD Program. Any conditional admission into Butler's PharmD Program will be revoked if pre-requisites are not complete. Preference may be given to candidates who have completed all prerequisite coursework at the time of application or have indicated in their PharmCAS application during which semesters they plan to complete any remaining pre-requisites prior to beginning the PharmD Program.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes
All prerequisite courses must be approved for transfer into Butler University by the Office of Registration and Records. Criteria include that they are taken at a regionally accredited institution, are 100 level or higher, and the candidate earned a C- or better in order to be eligible for transfer into Butler University. More information can be found at
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes, but only if no letter grade option available
Butler University is taking special care in individually reviewing transcripts to ensure transfer students are not penalized by their inability to earn letter grades for academic classes during the COVID-19 pandemic and will take into account the current institution’s COVID-19 grading policies. Transcripts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Students who have a previous Bachelors degree do not need to complete the Butler University Core Curriculum. Students who do NOT have a BA or BS degree when they enter Butler University will have to complete Butler's Core Curriculum, which may include up to 25 credit hours of coursework. The Pharmacy Admission Committee may take this into consideration since anything above 10 credit hours of core curriculum needed during the PharmD Program could impede a student's ability to graduate on-time. Information on Butler's Core Curriculum can be found at:

Supplemental Materials

Butler University strongly recommends candidates take advantage of Academic Update windows within PharmCAS to update transcripts and academic information upon conclusion of any fall or spring semesters completed after your application is submitted. Any transcripts for summer terms or transcripts not submitted through PharmCAS must be sent to the Butler University Office of Admission at 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208.

PCAT and Other Tests

Not Required or Considered

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
While Butler does not require pharmacy work or shadowing experience, applicants are encouraged to report any experience with the healthcare system or pharmacy specifically since it is informative about how far the applicant is in their discernment process that pharmacy is truly right for them.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

  • Health Care Professional: RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Professor (Any Subject Area): ACCEPTED
Conditionally accepted
While Butler would prefer to have letters written by single individuals, we understand there may be situations where applicants may want to provide documentation from an academic committee. We will review those letters.
Not Accepted
While Butler University does not require letters of recommendation, if a candidate chooses to provide these evaluations from the listed recommended sources, the Pharmacy Admissions Committee will review them as part of the application review process as a way to learn more about a candidate especially as it relates to the candidate's ability to take on such a challenging graduate degree program.



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
International college transcripts must be reviewed by World Education Services (WES) and the WES evaluation report must be submitted to PharmCAS. If a student is using Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) instead of WES, Butler will accept those evaluations but they must be sent directly to Butler as PharmCAS will not accept them. Please contact us with additional questions related to foreign coursework.
TOEFL Scores must be 79 internet-based or 550 paper-based assessments. Butler's TOEFL school code is 1073.

A Duolingo score of 100 will also meet Butler's requirements.

For the International English Language Training System (IELTS): A score of 6.0 meets Butler’s requirements.

For additional information, see
Details on Post-B.S. Pharm.D. Programs


Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
As recommended by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Butler University requires an interview for admission into the Pharmacy Program. The admission criteria assessed during the interview extend beyond academic minimums and include a measurement of these important attributes: verbal and written communication skills, understanding of the profession, commitment to patient care and professionalism. Other activities planned around the interview will include completion of a 30-minute proctored writing exercise. The Pharmacy Admission Committee reserves to right to request candidates to complete other pre- or post-interview assignments as applicable to allow the candidate to demonstrate appropriate soft skills for the Committee.

Accepted Applicants

Students admitted to Butler's PharmD Program must submit a $500 deposit within 2 weeks of their admittance to hold their place in the class. This is refundable until May 1st prior to the August start for our Program. If a student needs to request a deferral to the following admission cycle, the deposit, unless refunded, will be applied to the following cycle.
Students entering Butler's PharmD Program will be required to complete an orientation program prior to the start of the professional program. This typically occurs 1-2 days prior to the start of classes for live events. Online components may be required and will be available up to 1 month prior to the start of classes when there are orientation requirements that can be completed online prior to arriving on campus.

Background Checks and Drug Screenings