Doctor of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy

Since its founding in 1885, the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy has been a leader in pharmacy education. Since 1996, the school has offered only the Doctor of Pharmacy degree as the entry-level practice degree. The curriculum gives the student the knowledge, skills, and ability required of the pharmacy practitioner; it is comprehensive and produces a highly competent general practitioner.

About 60 full-time faculty members teach in the professional Doctor of Pharmacy program and in the graduate programs. 3 departments (Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Pharmaceutical Chemistry) offer Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Pharmacy Practice offers the master’s degree.

Both the undergraduate and graduate divisions have outstanding national and international reputations based on the excellence and productivity of the faculty. KU is consistently ranked in the top 5 among colleges/schools of pharmacy that receive National Institutes of Health research funding. 

The School of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 S. LaSalle St, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603-4810, (312) 664-3575,, the official accrediting body for American schools of pharmacy.


On admission to the school, students are assigned faculty members as advisors. The advisor serves continuously during the student’s tenure in the school. Students are expected to meet with their advisors at least once each semester and are encouraged to meet more often to discuss academic issues and career and professional development.

Pre-pharmacy students are advised by the Undergraduate Advising Center, and/or by faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, while they complete pre-pharmacy coursework. All pre-pharmacy students are strongly encouraged to make appointments in the Deans office of the School of Pharmacy, 2010 Becker Drive, Room 2050, for co-advising services and when they have questions concerning pharmacy course requirements or appropriate electives or
any other concerns about their preparation for pharmacy admission.
Pre-pharmacy students are also encouraged to participate in the pre-pharmacy club. Email to request to be added to the club's e-mail distribution list.