Admission to the graduate program in the Department of Pharmacy Practice is limited to recent graduates demonstrating a high level of academic performance during their undergraduate education and to pharmacists demonstrating a high level of performance in professional practice with an interest in research-based training.

A Bachelor of Science in a health-related field or a Doctor of Pharmacy is normally the minimum degree requirement for admission to the program. Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants holding an advanced degree (PharmD, MD, DVM, MBA, JD, etc.) from an accredited U.S. institution. Eligibility for this waiver will be made on a case-by-case basis considering all aspects of the application. An interview will be conducted to assess the student's communicative ability, commitment, and motivation for graduate work. Furthermore, within the formal application procedure, the prospective student will be asked to submit a short essay ("statement of purpose") describing his or her career goals and reasons for pursuing graduate study at Purdue University. This essay is uploaded with the on-line application.

Application Deadlines

Applications will be processed after all required materials have been received by the College of Pharmacy’s graduate office and the GRE waiver is granted, if applicable. Students are normally admitted for the fall academic semester. All applicants are encouraged to complete their applications by  December 15 to maximize their consideration for admission and financial support. However, applications are reviewed on a revolving cycle by the admissions committee until all positions are filled. Materials should be submitted as early as possible.  Students may check on the status of their applications by contacting the Department graduate secretary (Phone: (765) 494-1468) or the Graduate Chair, Brian Overholser e-mail: sends e-mail). Applications may be submitted on-line via the Purdue University Graduate School.

For additional information about admissions and applications, see the College page at graduate admissions.

Contact Information

For information on specific requirements regarding graduate study in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, please contact:

Brian R. Overholser, Pharm.D., FCCP
Chairman, Graduate Affairs Committee
Department of Pharmacy Practice
575 Stadium Mall Drive
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2091
Phone: (765)494-1468