University of Missouri-Kansas City

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Pharmacy Student Affairs

2464 Charlotte Street
Suite 1219
Kansas City,, Missouri 64108

Phone (Work): 816-235-1613

Phone (Fax): 816-235-5562

Steve McDonald
Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

UMKC School of Pharmacy at MU

811 Lewis Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211

Phone (Work): 573-884-9683

Phone (Fax): 816-235-5562


  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy Kansas City Campus

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Pharm.D. Students at MU campus location

Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 2019

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? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • Other
  • If Other, please list:Pharm.D. students admitted to the Kansas City campus have the ability to apply to enroll in the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management MBA or MPA programs. Students must meet minimum program eligibility requirements. This is not a dual program, however. Admission to and advising for both programs comes from the individual academic units. To be eligible for the masters programs, students must have completed a baccalaureate degree.
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? No
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • In addition to the UMKC Kansas City campus location, students may complete their Pharm.D. degree as a UMKC student in Columbia at the University of Missouri campus or in Springfield at Missouri State University campus location.

Program Description (back to top)

Why Choose the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy?

A Proud Tradition
Founded in 1885, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy has a long history of educational excellence and is very well respected among health professional programs in the nation. The School of Pharmacy became and remains the only state-supported pharmacy school in Missouri. The UMKC School of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy degree and participates with the UMKC School of Graduate Studies in offering the interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree.


Our Locations
Kansas City is a major metropolitan area with over two million people. The UMKC School of Pharmacy is located in the heart of the city with access to a thriving arts, entertainment, and sports scene. Entertainment venues range from the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, to the Sprint Center, along with a host of smaller theatres and arenas. The Kansas City Royals, Chiefs, and Sporting KC are home town professional sports teams. Regionally, the area is known as the Silicon Prairie and is home to one of the fastest growing job markets in the Midwest. H&R Block, Sprint Nextel, Hallmark, and Applebee’s are just a few of the large companies headquartered in the area. Kansas City offers students opportunities for clinical training during their studies as well as after graduation. The school is part of a public research university focused on the life sciences and urban issues.


In 2005, an additional location for the pharmacy school was established on the University of Missouri (MU) campus in Columbia. Located in the central region of Missouri, Columbia has a population of approximately 100,000 people. The city is home to three colleges, four hospitals, and is known for its network of trails and easy proximity to many of the state's best known attractions.

In 2014, the School established an additional site in Springfield, 170 miles south of Kansas City, on the Missouri State University campus. Pharm.D. students study in the Brick City district.  Springfield provides a large recreation area close to lakes, outdoor attractions, and a wide range of activities.  As the third largest city in Missouri, Springfield is home to two of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. providing potential practices sites for students.


Our Facilities
In Kansas City, four health profession schools are located on the UMKC Health Sciences Campus. The Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, as well as three major hospitals, are situated on what is locally referred to as “hospital hill.” The School of Pharmacy shares the Health Sciences Building (HSB) with the School of Nursing. The building offers an impressive combination of form and function that more than 225,000 square feet of classroom, lab, research, study/collaboration, and office space. The Health Sciences Building facilities include the Pharmaceutics laboratories, Pharmacological and Toxicological laboratories, the Drug Information Center, computer labs, simulation labs, a pharmacy compounding practice laboratory and a model pharmacy. Our campus locations allow pharmacy students to work in proximity to other professional students in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Veterinary, and Health Professions. Students in Columbia and Springfield are enrolled in UMKC School of Pharmacy classes and are connected virtually through long distance video conferencing technology. Students are able to actively interact in a live, real time format, with professors and other students via classroom microphones, HD cameras, and other technology.


Our Award Winning Faculty
The work of our faculty is recognized regionally and nationally through awards and research grants from federal agencies, foundations and the private sector. They are dedicated to advancing the pharmacy profession through their work in the field including: cutting edge basic and translational research, service to those in need within and outside of the United States, authoring textbooks, scholarship presentations at prestigious national meetings, leading professional organizations, service on Boards of Directors, and reviewing grants for the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.


Student Life
UMKC School of Pharmacy students participate in a variety of student organizations and professional activities. Students have numerous options at UMKC to enhance their professional development, network with leaders in their field of interest and give back to the community through student groups at the school. The groups include the student chapters of the American Pharmacists Association, Rho Chi, Phi Lambda Sigma, Kappa Epsilon, Kappa Psi, National Community Pharmacists Association, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the Student Society of Health System Pharmacy, Public Health Organization, Student College of Clinical Pharmacy and Student National Pharmacy Association. Our students also have the chance to travel internationally. Many students have participated in mission trips to several central and south American countries. Our students care for the underserved through their volunteer efforts at programs. Their commitment to projects such as Operation Diabetes, Project Outreach (drug and alcohol abuse program for fourth graders), ROOt for Health, Operation Immunization, Heartburn Awareness and Asthma Coalition reflects their desire to improve the health of Missourians.


Our Awarding Winning Student Body
Our students have been nationally and locally recognized for patient counseling, clinical skills, entrepreneurship, medication compounding, and outstanding organizational chapters. This recognition enables them to be very competitive for post-doctoral residency programs and national internships. UMKC is proud to have the distinct honor of winning all three of the American Association of College of Pharmacy’s awards for community service and partnerships. These include:

  • 2011 and 2008 Student Community Engaged Service Award
  • 2010 Lawrence C. Weaver Award for Transformational Service, recognizing a pharmacy school that demonstrated a major institutional commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice and research

UMKC students continue to win national and local awards for community service, charitable fundraising, and professional competing!

• 2012 and 2017 American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Students of Pharmacy (APhA-ASP) National Chapter of the Year

• 2013 APhA-ASP National Chapter Achievement Award Division AA

• 2016 APhA-ASP National Chapter Achievement Award, 1st Runner Up

UMKC Pharm.D. Students and Faculty at the 2013 American Pharmacists Association National Meeting

UMKC Pharm.D. Students participating in one of many community service projects

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 240
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 190
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 195
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 30
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 195
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 195
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: N/A
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 16
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? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 41%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 59%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.4 - 3.5
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19 - 47
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 57
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 45
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: N/A
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 57  N/A 
General Chemistry I with Lab  5.0   
Calculus with Analytical Geometry  4.0   
*Human Anatomy with Lab  4.0   
Communications course [Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications, Group Dynamics]  3.0   
*Organic Chemistry II with Lab  4.0   
*Microbiology with Lab  4.0   
*Medical Terminology  1.0   
Course covering the U.S. Constitution [American History I, II or Intro to American Government]  3.0   
General Biology I (Botany)  3.0   
English Composition I  3.0   
General Chemistry II with Lab  5.0   
Physics with lab  4.0   
General Biology II (Zoology)  3.0   
English Composition II  3.0   
*Organic Chemistry I with lab  4.0   
*Cell Biology  3.0   

Additional Information

Courses Marked with "*" must be completed within five years prior to Fall Pharm.D. admission entry date.

Preparatory or introductory biology courses will not meet the minimum requirement.

Calculus courses less than 4.0 credit hours or that do not include analytical geometry will not meet the minimum requirement.  Two semesters of Calculus for Business or Social Sciences will meet the one semester Calculus course requirement.

Students with a baccalaureate degree will be exempt from completing the U.S. Constitution requirement.

Physics courses must be at least algebra and trigonometry based.  

Successful completion of two semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs will meet the Human Anatomy requirement.  One semester Human Anatomy and Physiology courses will not meet the minimum requirement. Comparative Anatomy will not meet the Human Anatomy requirement.

Applicants who have courses obtained through Advanced Placement (AP) credit must have official scores sent from the testing agency to UMKC. 


UMKC School of Pharmacy accepts credit for equivalent transfer coursework from regionally accredited institutions of higher education only.  College coursework from outside of the U.S. will not meet prerequisite requirements.  Check with the Pharmacy Student Affairs Office to ensure proper course equivalents have been met. 

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: All applicants to the UMKC School of Pharmacy must complete the Pharm.D. Supplemental Application after completing the PharmCAS application. The link to the Supplemental Application, as well as detailed instructions and steps related to applying for admission can be found at
Deadline: March 1, 2019, however, since completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the application process [i.e., fall prior to entry year] and not wait until the application deadline. Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $60 for domestic applicants and $90 for international applicants.
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

The link to the Pharm.D. Supplemental Application, as well as detailed instructions and steps related to applying for admission can be found at

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: July 2016

Because completed applications are reviewed by the admissions committee at the time they are received and because of the rolling admissions process at UMKC, applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to take the PCAT in July or September prior to the fall year of entry. Students applying for Early Decision Admission should take the PCAT no later than July in order to receive scores to meet the Early Decision Deadline.  Since admission is competitive, applicants should strive for strong achievement on the PCAT. The School will take into account the highest composite percentile score and associated subscores achieved as well as the highest writing scores attained.

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



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 (IETLS) 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 a total of 60 credit hours of successful full-time study and English was the medium of instruction.   

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

Upon acceptance, students will be required to submit a criminal background check. Prior to admission in the fall, admitted students must provide proofs of required immunizations in addition to proof of health insurance.   The UMKC School of Pharmacy Non Credit Requirements, in further detail, can be found under Policies and Procedures at 

Admitted students will be required to apply for and obtain a Missouri Intern Pharmacist Licensure at the beginning of their first semester in the program and submit proof of professional liability insurance.

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

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? 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): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.

Required prerequisite courses are accepted from regionally accredited institutions of higher education only - College coursework from institutions outside of the U.S. will not meet prepharmacy course requirements.  International applicants must complete the UMKC International Application For Admission in addition to the PharmCAS Application and the UMKC Doctor of Pharmacy Supplemental Application. The UMKC International Application For Admission is available at Copies of all materials submitted to the International Student Affairs Office must be sent to the UMKC School of Pharmacy Student Affairs Office. International applicants whose native language is not English or who received their education in a country where the first language is not English must meet the UMKC English Proficiency requirements and will also be required to complete the English Evaluation Examination prior to the first semester of enrollment and must follow the recommendations from the UMKC Applied Language Institute.

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:

LORs may come from any one of the recommended categories marked below.  Applicants may have more than one reference form and letter submitted.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Family Member
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Teaching Assistant
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 one interviewer
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • For 2018-19, admissions interview dates will be: October 5 & 12 (for Early Decision applicants), November 30, January 11, February 15, March 22, and April 12.

Qualified applicants are invited for a formal, on-site interview scheduled at the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Applicants should plan on spending a morning at the School for planned activities with current pharmacy students, faculty, staff, and pharmacy alumni practitioners.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Notification regarding admission decisions will be sent to applicants on a rolling basis normally within one - two weeks of their interview date.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? The letter of acceptance provides the date required for return of acceptance forms and decisions.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500
Due: Due date for seat deposit will be indicated in acceptance letter but is traditionally due within 3 weeks of acceptance notification.
Refundable? No
Details: The seat deposit is applied to the student's first semester Pharm.D. tuition and fees.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • The week prior to the Fall Semester of entering year.
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Pharmacy classes for Fall 2019 should begin on August 19th.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes