Academic Affairs

Tips on Applying to Our Pharmacy Program


The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program consists of two phases of study.

  • pre-professional phase (first two years) - Butler's core curriculum
  • professional phase (last four years)

Tips for Incoming Freshman Applicants

Make sure that your high school guidance counselor knows the deadlines. Applications much be post-marked by Nov. 1.

If you're taking AP classes, note that you need a score of 4 or higher for course equivalency.

Sign up for Early Registration and keep your first scheduled registration appointment.

Your application procedure depends on your own circumstances and the program phase you wish to enroll in.

Incoming freshmen should complete a Butler admission application and indicate their major as pre-pharmacy in the appropriate space. Note that applications are accepted for the fall semester only. Please see the admission section of this site for applications and instructions.

Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration Program

The initial application process for students seeking the dual degree is the same as for those seeking just the Pharm.D. degree; follow the appropriate application guidelines for incoming freshmen, current students or transfer students, depending on your situation.

However, dual degree students should note that a separate application process is required for the M.B.A. program during the fourth year of the dual degree program. By this point, students must have satisfactorily completed the necessary undergraduate business coursework that is a prerequisite to taking masters-level courses.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are defined as students that have 12 or more hours of post high school college credit or a previous bachelors degree.

If you are a transfer student please read the tips below that apply to your situation and the pertinent instructions in How to Apply.

Tips for Pre-Pharmacy Transfer Applicants

  • Applications are considered for fall admission only. December 1 of the previous year is the deadline.
  • Ask your school or the testing company to send official copies of all transcripts or test scores directly to Butler's Office of Admission.
  • For transfer equivalency credit evaluation, you must first apply to Butler. After admission into Butler, an audit will be completed and mailed to you once you've submitted all application materials.
  • Equivalency sheets for most Indiana schools are available. Contact Emily Robison, Transfer Admission Coordinator, at (317) 940-8119 for more information.
  • Transfer applicants with more than 12 credit hours being transferred are not eligible for the Automatic Advancement Policy, and admission into the professional phase of the pharmacy program is not guaranteed.

Tips for Professional Phase Transfer Applicants

  • Please check with PharmCAS regarding application procedures and deadlines. No supplemental application to Butler University is required.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in all previously completed coursework for consideration.
  • All prerequisites (the pre-pharmacy curriculum) must be completed with a "C" or better in each class.
  • To be considered you must obtain a minimum score of 55% on the composite and subscores of 50% on each subsection of The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). Take the earliest test date possible should a repeat of the PCAT be required.
  • You can re-take the PCAT multiple times; your best scores will be evaluated for admission.
  • Consideration for admission into the professional phase is competitive. Apply early!

Note: Requirements and deadlines are subject to change. Contact Dawn Pearson, marketing specialist, at (800) 368-6852, ext. 9969 for updates.

Financial Aid

Institutional grants, educational loans and scholarships may be available to assist with educational costs for incoming freshmen only. Transfer students are not eligible for scholarship money, but need-based assistance is available. To receive full consideration for financial aid, it's important to submit your application by Dec. 1 of the year prior to your intended enrollment date. For more financial aid information, please visit Butler's Office of Financial Aid.