University of Montana

Skaggs School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Erika Claxton
Administrative Associate

Skaggs Building room 341

University of Montana
Skaggs School of Pharmacy
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, Montana 59812-1512

Phone (Work): 406-243-4656

Phone (Fax): 406-243-4209

Rachael Zins
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist & Pre-pharmacy Coordinator

University of Montana
Skaggs School of Pharmacy
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, Montana 59812

Phone (Work): 406-243-4647


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: December 3, 2018

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
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/Ph.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:
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

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.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 120
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 75
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 65
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 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)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Yes
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 45%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 55%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-48
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 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   

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January 2017

We will accept scores from January 2017-January 2019 for Fall 2019 applications.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



The University of Montana requires TOEFL scores for international students who are not already enrolled at UM. 

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

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

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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: December 3, 2018 Received by deadline

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

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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. The letter of recommendation should be from someone involved with the applicant in such an experience.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Employer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Supervisor


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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • 11/03/2018
  • 01/26/2019

In-person interviews at the University of Montana will be scheduled on Saturday November 3, 2018 and on Saturday, January 26, 2019.  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).  

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

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 two weeks after the letter is sent.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: 150
Due: TBD
Refundable? No
Details: Deposit is are applied toward payment of registration and tuition.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • TBD
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Academic calendar not available for Autumn 2019.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes