The University of Montana
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences



  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Erika Claxton 
      • Administrative Associate 
      • Skaggs Building room 341 
      • The University of Montana 
      • Skaggs School of Pharmacy  
      • 32 Campus Drive 
      • Missoula 
      • Montana 
      • 59812-1512 
      • Phone (Work): 406-243-4656 
      • Phone (Fax): 406-243-4209 
      • Email: pharmacy@umontana.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    Application Deadline(s) - For non-PharmCAS participating schools only:  02/10/2015


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.S.
      • PharmD/P.H.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: 09/19/2014 
      • Details:   
      • Dates: 10/17/2014 
      • Dates: 11/7/2014 
      • Dates: 11/21/2014 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The curriculum offered by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy consists of a six-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The pre-professional portion of the curriculum is spent in studies of the basic physical and biological sciences and in course work necessary to satisfy the University's general education requirements.

    During the first three professional years of the Pharm.D. program, students devote their time to the study of the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice. Areas of study include biochemistry, microbiology, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, social administrative pharmacy, and therapeutics.

    The fourth year of the professional program is entirely experiential.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 120
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 70
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 65
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 14
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.6
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 120
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 20-43
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 2:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 64
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 33
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 64   
      Human Form & Function 1 & 2   
      College Chemistry I & 2 (with labs)  10   
      Applied Calculus    
      College Writing I   
      Cell & Molecular Biology   
      Organic Chemistry I & 2 (with at least 1 lab)   
      Micro or Macro Economics   
      College Physics and lab   
      Intro to Statistics   
      Intro to Sociology or Psychology   
      Public Speaking   
      General Education & Electives  12   

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? We are not a participating PharmCAS institution

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2013
      • Details: 

        We will accept scores from June 2013-January 2015 for Fall 2015 applications.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        The University of Montana requires TOEFL scores. 

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Yes, required of all applicants
      • Details: 

        Students must complete at least 20 hours of experience in a pharmacy, other health care setting.  

        Applicants must present proof of having completed at least 20 hours of volunteer or paid service in a medical or social field, and one completed evaluation form
        from someone involved with the applicant in such an experience.


  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: February 10, 2015 
    • Details: 

      In the past, students with only international coursework have not been admitted to the professional pharmacy program. (http://www.umt.edu/catalog/cat/chpbs/skaggs.html)


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: One (1)
      • Are LORs required? No
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? directly to the school
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
    • Details: 

      Interviews are with a team of two faculy members. 


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are e-mailed/mailed about a week after the interview date.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Responses to offers are usually due the first Friday of May.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: 150
      • Due: May 1
      • Refundable? Yes
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 21, 2014 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 25, 2014
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No