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

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  December 1, 2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

  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 2015 entering class: 94
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 70
    • Estimated fall 2015 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 2015 entering class: 45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.45
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 88
    • 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: 19-47
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 1.45:1

  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 2016 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 ↑ 

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2014
      • Details: 

        We will accept scores from June 2014-January 2016 for Fall 2016 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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: December 1, 2015 
    • Details: 

      In the past, students with only international coursework have not been admitted to the professional pharmacy program. (

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: One (1)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • LOR types that are 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: 
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • TBA 
    • Details: 

      Interviews are with a team of two faculty 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
      • Details: Fees are applied toward payment of registration and tuition. The deposit, less a $50.00 service charge, is refundable if written notice of cancellation is postmarked by June 1.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • TBD 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: TBD
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: Academic calendar not available for Autumn 2016.