UMKC - The Place for People Going Places!
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Contact Information

UMKC - The Place for People Going Places!
UMKC Health Sciences Building
2464 Charlotte Street
Suite 1219
Kansas City
United States

Program Application Deadline

June 3, 2024
October 2, 2023
Will have priority for related to campus choice location as well as selection for first applicant interview dates.

Program Information

Full Accreditation
University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy located in Kansas City, MO on the health sciences campus., UMKC School of Pharmacy at MU located on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, MO., UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU located on the Missouri State University campus in Springfield, MO.
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 2 - 4
Not Required
Distance pathway offered, Early assurance , Other
UMKC Pharm.D. students may choose to enroll in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management Master of Business Administration (MBA) program or the MS in Bioinformatics program. In addition, UMKC Pharm.D. students may personalize their program through the FACT (Focused Area Career Tracks) to include emphasis in Research, Public Health/Epidemiology, and Business.

Last Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

PharmD/MBA (Business Administration)
UMKC offers many academic program units including the Bloch School of Management and Schools of Nursing, Medicine, Law, and Chemical and Biological Sciences that offer graduate and undergraduate degree programs. The graduate programs include Juris Doctorate, Masters in Public Administration, Physician Assistant, and Doctor of Philosophy. The undergraduate programs include BA/BS in Biology, BA/BS in Chemistry and Bachelors in Health Science and Public Health, as well as Biomedical Engineering.

Program Description

Founded in 1885, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy has a long history of educational excellence and is well respected among health professional programs in the nation.

UMKC offers three Missouri campus locations where Doctor of Pharmacy students can complete their degrees - Kansas City, Columbia, and Springfield.

The work of our faculty is recognized regionally and nationally through awards and research grants from federal agencies, foundations, and the private sector. Faculty are dedicated to advancing the pharmacy profession through their cutting edge basic and translational research, service to those in need, and major grant writing and reviewing.

UMKC Pharmacy students participate in a variety of student organizations, co-curricular and inter-professional activities with students from the UMKC Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Nursing & Health Studies. Continually recognized locally and nationally, our students care for the under-served through their volunteer efforts reflecting their desire to improve the health of Missourians and be well prepared for practice.

In order to enhance opportunities for our students in targeted areas and assist in meeting anticipated work force needs, the School offers the opportunity for students to focus elective studies on a specialized area of pharmacy through concentrated training. Student can choose an emphasis in business and administration, research or public health and epidemiology.

UMKC School of Pharmacy is proud to have received the American Pharmacists Association (APhA-ASP) National Chapter of the Year in 2018 and 2020 and the APhA-ASP National Chapter Achievement Division A award in 2021. In 2020, a UMKC student team won the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Clinical Pharmacy Challenge national championship.

For more information and to learn more about our rankings and the Place for People Going Places -

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria

Applicants must successfully pass (C- grade or higher) all required pre-pharmacy courses. Applicants should note that admission is competitive and that meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of selection for an interview or for admission. Admissions committee faculty will look closely at applicants individual grades, grade trends, and academic progression throughout their academic career.
If you have questions about your transfer credits, you are encouraged to take a look at our course transfer sheets. We have set up these equivalency documents with applicants in mind to assist you in your academic planning -

Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Anatomy *Human Anatomy with Lab 4
Biology/Biological Science General Biology I (Botany) 3
Biology/Biological Science General Biology II (Zoology) 3
Biology/Biological Science *Cell Biology 3
Chemistry General Chemistry I with Lab (Note: Gen Chem I & II @ UMKC = total of 10 hours) 4
Chemistry General Chemistry II with Lab (Note: Gen Chem I & II @ UMKC = total of 10 hours) 4
Chemistry *Organic Chemistry I with lab 4
Chemistry *Organic Chemistry II with Lab 4
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Communications course [Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications, Group Dynamics] 3
English Composition / Writing English Composition I 3
English Composition / Writing English Composition II 3
Humanities Course covering the U.S. Constitution [American History I, II or Intro to American Government] 3
Math Calculus with Analytical Geometry 3
Microbiology *Microbiology with Lab 4
Physics Physics with lab 4
Statistics Statistics 3
Other *Medical Terminology 1
All course prerequisites must be successfully completed with a grade of C- or higher prior to the beginning of the Fall semester of entry into the program. Courses marked with an * must be completed within five years prior to the start of the Pharm.D. program.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Yes
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Yes
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Yes
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Varies
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Varies
Courses completed successfully during Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 with a grading basis of pass/fail or credit/no credit may be used towards meeting pre-pharmacy course prerequisite requirements. Course grades noted on a student's transcript as fail, unsatisfactory, no credit or below C- will not meet the UMKC pre-pharmacy minimum requirements and will not be acceptable.
Courses marked with "*" must be completed within five years prior to Fall Pharm.D. admission entry. Students with a U.S. baccalaureate are exempt from completing U.S. Constitution. Physics must be trigonometry based.Successful completion of two semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs will meet the Anatomy requirement. Advanced Placement (AP) official scores must be sent from the testing agency to UMKC. UMKC School of Pharmacy accepts credit for equivalent transfer coursework from regionally accredited institutions of higher education. Check with the Pharmacy Student Affairs Office to ensure proper course equivalents have been met.

Supplemental Materials

New students to UMKC - $60.00 for domestic and $90 for international; $15.00 for current UMKC students

PCAT and Other Tests

Although the PCAT is not required, applicants may choose to submit PCAT scores for consideration by the Admissions Committee if the applicant believes it will strengthen their academic profile and chances for admission. Applicants are encouraged to contact the UMKC Pharmacy Student Affairs Office to discuss the strength of their application. Because completed applications are reviewed by the admissions committee at the time they are received and because of the rolling admissions process at UMKC, it is recommended that applicants apply early in the admissions process.

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
Applicants should consider: a) interviewing or shadowing a Pharmacist in different settings or b) working in one or more pharmacy practice settings.
In addition it is recommended that applicants volunteer with agencies or centers that care for people to be sure you are comfortable serving in a “helping role” & in decision making and/or problem solving capacities. Applicants are also encouraged to consider joining their current college's Pre-Pharmacy Society/Club to help make connections.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

One (1)
  • Clergy: ACCEPTED
  • Co-Worker: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: ACCEPTED
  • Pharmacist: ACCEPTED
  • Politician: ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Any Subject Area): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED
Not Accepted
Not Accepted
Evaluations may come from any one of the accepted categories marked above. Applicants may have more than one evaluation and letter of reference submitted. Applicants are encouraged to select an individual(s) who knows the student well well over a matter of time so to be able to fully evaluate related to the reference ratings listed.


The Dean’s Nonresident Award provides a 90 percent reduction in the differential between in-state and out-of-state pharmacy school tuition to any newly enrolled non-Missouri resident student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The Dean's Nonresident Award is renewable.

The Chancellor’s Historically Underrepresented Minority Nonresident Award allows newly enrolled non-Missouri, U.S. citizen or permanent resident students who identify on the UMKC admission application as African American/Black, Hispanic or Native American to pay in-state tuition.

Non-Missouri residents are eligible to apply for Missouri residency. For more information -

International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, Canadian Citizens, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Foreign (non-US) Citizens, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
In addition to completing the PharmCAS Application and the UMKC Doctor of Pharmacy Supplemental Application, international applicants must follow the UMKC International Admission Requirements -
Applicants from countries in which English is not the native language (or if it is one of the official languages but is not necessarily the first language of the majority of the population) are required to present satisfactory Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores to satisfy this requirement. The exception is if non-native speakers are from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries [the full list of countries may be found on the UMKC International Student Affairs website] provided they have spent a minimum of two years or successfully completed a total of 60 credit hours of successful full-time study and English was the medium of instruction.
Details on Post-B.S. Pharm.D. Programs


Individual applicants with one interviewer, Individual applicants with two or more interviewers, Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers, Other interview format
Yes, but only on a case-by-case basis
Qualified applicants are invited for an interview scheduled at the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Applicants should plan on spending a morning at the School for planned activities with Pharmacy Deans, current pharmacy students, faculty, staff, and pharmacy alumni practitioners. These activities are to help applicants become familiar with our program, be introduced first hand to our faculty and students and learn about our inclusive campus culture. There will be considerations for online interviews.

Accepted Applicants

The deposit is applied to the entering students' first semester educational fees.
The Fall 2024 start date is August 19. All admitted Pharm.D. students must attend specialized orientation sessions held the week prior to fall term start. Admitted students are provided with the orientation dates at time of admission in order to save the dates to their calendars.

Background Checks and Drug Screenings