University of Montana
Skaggs School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  January 5, 2018


  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 planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 120
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 75
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 65
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.3
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 19-50
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 2.8:1

  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
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 64   
      Human Form & Function (Human Anatomy & Physiology) 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   
      Electives  12   
    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Our supplemental questions are included in the PharmCAS application.  We do require a supplemental application $50 fee which may be paid through our website: http://health.umt.edu/pharmacy/pharmd_payment.php. . 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2016
      • Details: 

        We will accept scores from June 2016-November 2017 for Fall 2018 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. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        Students applying for admission will be required to complete at least 20 hours of volunteer or paid experience serving a patient population in a medical or social field and have someone involved with the applicant in such an experience fill out a letter of reference through PharmCAS.

         


  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • 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? Yes
    • 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: January 5, 2018 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      In the past, students with only international coursework have not been admitted to the professional pharmacy program. (http://www.umt.edu/catalog/colleges-schools-programs/health-professions-and-biomedical-sciences/skaggs-school-of-pharmacy/default.php)


  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
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Students applying for admission will be required to complete at least 20 hours of volunteer or paid experience serving a patient population in a medical or social field and have someone involved with the applicant in such an experience fill out a letter of reference through PharmCAS.

    • 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: 
      • 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:
      • 11/04/2017 
      • 02/24/2018 
    • Details: 

      In-person interviews at the University of Montana will be scheduled on Saturday November 4, 2017 and on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  Applicants will be notified by e-mail if they qualify for an interview.  Admission offers for strong candidates are made within one to two weeks of the interview.  Most students who are not initially offered a seat in the class will be reviewed for admission or a wait-list offer at the end of the review cycle (early March).  


  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 three weeks after the letter is sent.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: 150
      • Due: TBD
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Deposit is are applied toward payment of registration and tuition.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • TBD 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Academic calendar not available for Autumn 2018.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: