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Pharm.D. Prerequisites

  • Earn an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Complete the Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum with a grade of C or higher in all courses.
    • The pre-pharmacy classes may be taken at any accredited university or community college.
    • Use KU CredTran to determine if your coursework will transfer to KU and meet the pre-pharmacy course requirements. The CredTran system will also tell you if the course satisfies a KU Core goal. If you have any questions or cannot find a specific course, please contact School of Pharmacy Admissions at rxadmissions@ku.edu.
    • Visit KU Undergraduate Admissions' Community College Transfer Guide for information about transfering credits from a community college.
    • All laboratory components of the pre-pharmacy curriculum must be completed in a campus laboratory. Virtual or offsite laboratory courses are not accepted.

Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum and KU Core

All degree programs require students to satisfy the KU Core requirements. Learn about the KU Core.

Pre-Pharmacy Courses that satisfy KU Core Requirements

  • An associate of arts degree from a Kansas institution meets KU Core goals 1 - 3
  • An earned bachelor’s degree meets KU Core goals 1 - 6
  • The 15 credit hours of Pre-Pharmacy general studies electives can be completed by selecting courses that will also satisfy the following KU Core requirements:
    • KU Core Goal 1: Outcome 1 - Critical Thinking
    • KU Core Goal 3: Outcome ? – Arts & Humanities
    • KU Core Goal 4: Outcome 1 – Diversity in the United States
    • KU Core Goal 4: Outcome 2 – Global Awareness

The KU School of Pharmacy faculty and staff is concerned about all students preparing to apply for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. To provide some relief for our future students during the COVID-19 crisis we will honor Credit/No Credit grades for all pre-pharmacy courses completed during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. If a student decides to request a CR/NC grade over a letter grade for these semesters it will not affect their status with the KU School of Pharmacy.

Coronavirus Update

You Can Still Reach Us

Academic Support Services

Academic support services typically accessed via the Dean’s office are still available by appointment via phone/Skype/Zoom. Please contact KU School of Pharmacy Student Services at rxstudentservices@ku.edu.

Prospective Students
(future freshmen or transfers)

KU is offering limited on-campus visits. Learn more at Visiting KU. The School of Pharmacy offers phone appointments for pre-pharmacy guidance. Please contact Admissions Representative Chris Claussen at rxadmissions@ku.edu.

Pre-Pharmacy Students

Pre-pharmacy students seeking guidance may still schedule phone appointments. Please contact Admissions Representative Chris Claussen at rxadmissions@ku.edu.

Pharm.D. Program
Important Dates

Application Deadline:
July 1, 2021
2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU