About the School

As West Virginia’s first school of pharmacy, we have been pioneers in the education of pharmacists for over a century. We are proud that our Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) graduates perform above the national average on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination. They are highly competitive in the job market and in the selection process for postgraduate pharmacy residencies across the country.

Healthcare and the profession of pharmacy are constantly evolving. Our Pharm.D. curriculum integrates basic science with clinical practice so students understand the underlying “why” behind drug therapy. We emphasize active learning and skills development — student pharmacists at WVU learn by doing from the first semester in the program. And most importantly, students learn how to function as members of interprofessional teams alongside students from medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, and physical and occupational therapy.

Students also have opportunities to develop specialized expertise in areas such as research, gerontology, college teaching, and global health by taking elective coursework and practice experiences in these areas. We also offer a clinical pharmacy track to better prepare students for postgraduate pharmacy residency training. Students can also enroll in our dual Pharm.D./MBA degree program to position themselves for executive careers in healthcare.

Students interested in improving patient health through research can pursue a Ph.D. through one of our two nationally renowned graduate program pathways: Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences or Health Outcomes Research. Whichever career path students choose, they can rest assured that they will have a solid and competitive educational foundation on which to build.

Our dedicated faculty help and inspire students to achieve their goals. Our faculty are the scientists developing new medications, and they are the clinicians working with healthcare teams to improve medication use. Through their teaching, research and service, our faculty are making differences in the lives of our students and in the health of citizens on state, national and global levels.

Our faculty, staff and alumni are ready to help you succeed.