Application Instructions

University of Missouri-Kansas City Fall 2015 Entering Class

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program

Read all application instructions carefully related to each step below. Applicants should refer to the Frequently Asked Questions {FAQs} found on the School of Pharmacy Prospective Students page for more information regarding the admissions process. Contact the UMKC School of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs at 816-235-1613 or if you have questions concerning your admission eligibility or the admission process. The regular application deadline is March 2, 2015; however, complete applications will be reviewed and students will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning in Fall 2014. New students are admitted into the Fall 2015 term only.

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Step 1 - Applicants must meet certain requirements to be considered for admission

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative college grade point average (GPA) ≥ 2.75
    • Note: Repeated course grades are averaged together in applicants' overall cumulative and science/math GPA calculations.
  • Have earned a minimum Math/Science college GPA ≥ 2.5
  • Complete all pre-requisite course requirements with a grade of C or higher before the fall of the entering class year.
    • Applicants taking coursework at institutions of higher education other than UMKC, must ensure that the institution(s) are regionally accredited by one of these agencies.
  • Complete the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and submit official scores directly to the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), using code 104, prior to the March 2 deadline. If applying for Early Decision, official PCAT scores must be submitted from the Testing Agency and received by the School through PharmCAS in time for evaluation prior to the October interview date.
    • To be considered, applicants should achieve a PCAT writing score of 2.5 or higher.
  • Read, meet and maintain compliance to the Minimal Technical Standards for Admission, Matriculation, and Graduation.
  • Submit one electronic Letter of Reference (eLOR). Applicants must have one evaluator submit an eLOR to PharmCAS. References will only be accepted from one of the following evaluators: faculty member, academic adviser, pharmacist, other healthcare professional, or employer (supervisor). Family members cannot submit a letter of reference.

Step 2 - Complete PharmCAS Application

The UMKC School of Pharmacy utilizes the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), a centralized application service for applicants applying to colleges and schools of pharmacy. Please read and follow the specific PharmCAS application instructions. Applicants must complete and submit the PharmCAS Application with all required documentation and fee no later than the March 2, 2015 deadline. Please note applicants applying for the PharmCAS early Decision Program must apply no later than Sept. 2, 2014.

Official transcript(s) from each college attended showing all coursework attempted and completed through the Fall 2014 term must be submitted immediately following finalization of the term to PharmCAS. If an official transcript is not available at the time of application, applicants must have an official transcript sent to PharmCAS after the term is finalized and grades are posted. Follow the "academic update" instructions provided by PharmCAS to post Fall 2014 grades. Spring and summer 2015 grades are submitted directly to UMKC.

Early Decision Admission Program - The Early Decision Program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular pharmacy degree program is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy degree program. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, applicants applying for Early Decision must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of their official transcripts and fee by the September 3 deadline. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the Early Decision deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your file from early decision status to regular status.

Step 3 - Complete UMKC Doctor of Pharmacy Supplemental Application

Complete and submit the UMKC Doctor of Pharmacy Supplemental Application and fee no later than the March 2 deadline. Please note applicants applying for the PharmCAS Early Decision Program must complete the UMKC Pharm.D. Supplemental Application no later than Sept. 2, 2014. Prior to completing the Supplemental Application, you must first complete the PharmCAS application for the current application cycle beginning July 2014. You must have your PharmCAS ID number available in order to complete the UMKC Application.

UMKC Pharm.D. Application fees:
  • - New UMKC domestic applicants: $50
  • - Currently enrolled or returning UMKC domestic applicants: $15
  • - New UMKC international applicants: $90
  • - Currently enrolled or returning UMKC international applicants: $15

NOTE: An application will not be reviewed for admission unless all required PharmCAS Application and UMKC Supplemental Application materials have been received. Failure to complete application materials accurately and prior to deadlines provided will void the application. Official transcript(s) from each college attended showing all coursework attempted through the Spring and Summer 2015 term(s) will be required following finalization of term for accepted candidates. Accepted applicants must make arrangements to have their 2015 official transcripts sent directly to:
UMKC School of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs
2464 Charlotte Street, Kansas City, MO 64108-2718

» UMKC Pharm.D. Supplemental Application

When completing the Pharm.D. Supplemental Application, be sure to use one of the following web browsers: Firefox 17 or Google Chrome 24 or Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11 or Safari versions 5, 6, or 7.

If you experience trouble with moving from one page in the application to the next, you may need to clear your cache (i.e., delete your viewing history). For instructions on clearing your cache click here (PDF).

Please note: Completing the application process does not serve as a statement of acceptance or admission to the University of Missouri-Kansas City.



UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Step 4 - Interview at the UMKC School of Pharmacy

A formal, on-site interview will be scheduled at the UMKC School of Pharmacy campus in Kansas City for select applicants. Invited applicants should plan on spending a full morning for planned activities. The on-site interview will be scheduled by the UMKC School of Pharmacy and is a required component of the application process.

The dates planned for on-site interviews are currently scheduled for October 17 (for Early Decision applicants), November 14, January 9, February 13 and 20, March 13 and 20, and April 3.

The selection process for the interview is based on a multifaceted review process and the qualifications of the applicant pool. Factors considered include: all application materials submitted, collegiate scholastic achievement, collegiate science and math achievement, results of the PCAT, complexity of previous college work completed, reference, and recent leadership (including, but not limited to, campus and community involvement, health care and/or supervisory experience, honors and awards). Applicants selected for an interview will receive e-mail notification regarding details. Applicants not selected will receive written notice through U.S. mail.

Applicants should be aware that admission is competitive and meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an interview. Since completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the application process and not wait until the application deadline.

Step 5 - Notification and Confirmation of Acceptance

Admission decisions are based, in part, on the criteria noted above and the results of the formal interview. Applicants will receive written notification from the school regarding the admission decision. Applicants selected for admission will be required to confirm their acceptance and submit an advance deposit to guarantee their place in the entering class. This deposit is applied to the first term's educational fees and is not refundable.

Acceptance is contingent on submission of a criminal background check, good academic and behavioral standing, satisfactory completion (grade of C or higher) of the specified minimum pre-pharmacy course requirements and any other coursework completed during the winter/ spring and/or summer term prior to admission.

Information for Out-of-State and International Applicants

Out-of-State Residence Applicants

  • Applicants seeking information on establishing Missouri residency, applicants should contact the UMKC Admissions Office at 816.235.1111 or
  • Out-of-State applicants who work in Missouri should contact the UMKC Cashier's Office at 816-235-1365 or go to and click "Missouri Tax Payer Credit" to find information on how working in Missouri may enable a student to pay In-State fees. Doctor of Pharmacy students are not eligible for the UMKC Metro Rate.
  • International Applicant

    International applicants must complete the UMKC International Application for Admission ( ) in addition to the PharmCAS Application and the UMKC Doctor of Pharmacy Supplemental Application. Copies of all materials submitted to the International Student Affairs Office must be sent to the UMKC School of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs. The minimum TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign Language] score required for Pharm.D. applicants is 560 [paper-based]; 220 [computer-based]; 83 [internet-based]. 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
    • Complete the English Evaluation Examination prior to the first semester of enrollment
    • Follow recommendations from the UMKC Applied Language Institute.



UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.