School of
Pharmacy

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Pharm.D. application deadline

The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) will go live July 14, 2020. The rolling admission encourages applicants to apply early. Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received by the school. Formal admission interview invitations to select applicants will go out soon after, and students find out their admission status the next business day after interviews.  

Applicants are admitted in the following fall term only. Pharm.D. application deadline is April 1, 2021.

View the Admissions Timeline Calendar (PDF)

Pre-pharmacy students completing prerequisites at UMKC apply through UMKC Admissions.

For questions about your admission eligibility or the admission process, contact the UMKC School of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs by phone at 816-235-1613 or email

UMKC is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer action institution.

Step One: Requirements

  • A minimum cumulative college GPA ≥ 2.75 no later than the end of the fall semester prior to Pharm.D. class entry year*
  • A minimum math/science college GPA ≥ 2.5 no later than the end of the fall semester prior to Pharm.D. class entry year

*Repeated course grades are averaged together for overall cumulative and science/math GPA calculations. The original grade and the repeated grade will both count toward GPA.

Applicants do not have to complete all of the required pre-pharmacy coursework (PDF) before submitting their application materials. However, all pre-pharmacy course requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or higher before the fall of the entering class year.

Courses completed at other institutions may transfer to UMKC. Contact us for information about courses from schools not listed.

View transfer sheets

Applicants completing coursework at an institution of higher education in the United States must ensure that the institution is regionally accredited (PDF). College coursework from institutions that are not regionally accredited will not meet the pre-pharmacy course requirements.

Foreign credit earned in General Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, calculus, physics, Organic Chemistry I and communications may transfer if the UMKC International Student Affairs Office approves it as equivalent and it meets the minimum grade and timeline requirements.

Complete the PCAT and submit official scores directly to the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), using code 104. Applicants are encouraged to complete the PCAT before the interview, but may take the exam after the interview. Applicants must complete the exam with a score of 16 composite or higher before full admission. PCAT scores must not be older than July 2016.

Your reference will submit an evaluation directly to PharmCAS.

Evaluations are accepted from these categories of evaluators
  • Faculty member
  • Academic advisor
  • Pharmacist
  • Health care professional
  • Employer or supervisor

Personal friends, relatives or coworkers are not acceptable evaluators.

Step Two: PharmCAS application

Follow the instructions to complete the PharmCAS application. Applicants applying for regular admission must complete and submit this application with all required documentation and the fee no later than April 1, 2021. Students applying for Early Action admission must apply no later than September 15, 2020.

An official transcript from each college attended, which shows all coursework attempted, including courses from UMKC and dual-credit courses from high school through the fall 2020 semester, must be submitted to PharmCAS.

Please notify us by email about any Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit for prerequisite course work. Official AP and IB scores should be sent to UMKC before the fall semester.

If sending electronic transcripts to PharmCASi, be aware that it is listed under “A” for American Association for Colleges of Pharmacy (PharmCAS). View an example of the drop-down menu (PDF).

The Early Action program is a non-binding option for applicants who would like the application process to be complete early in the school year. Early Action applicants will interview in one of the first two interview dates, and could interview in Kansas City, Columbia or Springfield.

In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, applicants applying for Early Action must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of their official transcripts and the fee by the September 15 deadline. Students who apply by the September deadline will automatically be considered Early Action.

Applicants indicate their campus site preferences on the application. You have the option to rank site selections, choose only one site selection or indicate no preference. Do not rank a site if you are certain it is not a good fit for you. If you choose a site, even if ranked second, you must be willing to accept an admission offer to that site. Ninety-five percent of our students are accepted to their first choice of campus site.

With rolling admissions beginning in October, your best chance to be placed at your preferred campus location is to apply early in the process. The School of Pharmacy strives to place students at their selected campus site location; however, site preference is not guaranteed.

Applicants are notified of their acceptance site in their admission notice, delivered by the USPS. Students admitted to a site other than their first choice will remain on the waiting list for their higher-ranked preference.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit each site before making their selections.

Learn more about our campus sites

Step Three: Supplemental application

All applicants must complete the UMKC Pharm.D. supplemental application

Supplemental application instructions
  1. Select “First-time users” to create an account
  2. Fill in the “Register” form with your email address, name and birthdate, then select “Continue”
  3. Select application type “2021 Professional”
  4. Select “2021 Pharm-D” in the drop-down

An application will not be reviewed for admission until you have submitted all required materials to PharmCAS and completed the UMKC supplemental application. Failure to complete application materials accurately and meet deadlines provided will void the application.

Supplemental application fees

New UMKC domestic applicants: $60
Currently enrolled or returning UMKC domestic applicants: $15
New UMKC international applicants: $90
Currently enrolled or returning UMKC international applicants: $15

After you have submitted your PharmCAS application and UMKC Pharm.D. supplemental application, you should continue to monitor your PharmCAS applicant portal for messages and notices.

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

Step Four: Interview with us

Selected applicants will be invited to a formal, on-site interview at the UMKC School of Pharmacy campus in Kansas City, Missouri. The interview is a required component of the application process.

Applicants for Early Action who are selected for the interview may choose to interview in Kansas City or Columbia on September 25, or in Kansas City or Springfield on October 9.

All interviews will be scheduled by the School of Pharmacy.

View the Admissions Timeline Calendar (PDF) for on-site interview dates.

Interview invitations will be sent by email and include interview information. Applicants not selected will receive written notice.

Selection process

The selection process for the interview is based on a multifaceted review process and the qualifications of the applicant pool. Applicants should be aware that admission is competitive and meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an interview.

Factors considered for interview selection include:
  • Application materials
  • Collegiate scholastic achievement
  • Collegiate science and math achievement
  • PCAT results - taken before (preferred) or after the interview
  • Complexity of previous college work completed
  • Reference evaluation form
  • Recent leadership experience such as campus and community involvement, health care and supervisory experience, and honors and awards

 Applicants will be notified regarding admission within a few days after the formal interview.

Resources to help you prepare for the UMKC School of Pharmacy formal interview

The School of Pharmacy is on the UMKC Hospital Hill campus, where it shares the Health Sciences Building with the School of Nursing. The address is 2464 Charlotte St., Kansas City, MO 64108. 

View a map of the campus

There is no free parking on the UMKC campus.

Before the interview date, a one-day UMKC parking hangtag will be mailed by USPS to applicants who are not currently enrolled at UMKC. This will allow applicants who are not UMKC students to park on the flat lot that is at 25th and Charlotte Street (#28A on the Hospital Hill campus map).

UMKC students who have a valid UMKC Day Parking Permit can park in the parking structure (#28 on the Hospital Hill campus map) on levels 4–7 or may park in the flat lot at 25th and Campbell Street (#67 on the Hospital Hill campus map).

Early Decision applicants scheduled for an interview in Columbia on the University of Missouri campus on Oct. 11 will meet at the Academic Support Center (ASC), which is located at 6th and Stewart. After you enter the building, walk down the steps to the check-in table in the hallway.

Current Mizzou students with a campus parking pass may park in designated student parking. We will send non-Mizzou students a link to register your car as a guest for the day. Please check for an email from Cathy Rinta-Evans. There is guest parking in the Conley Parking Structure, across the street from ASC.

View the campus map

On Oct. 4, some Early Decision applicants will interview in Springfield on the Missouri State University (MSU) campus. Students notified about this location should meet at the MSU Brick City campus, located at 327 W. Mill St. The School of Pharmacy is located in Building 1 on the fourth floor.

Parking for the School of Pharmacy at Brick City is adjacent to the building. Students will be emailed a link to register their car online as a guest for the day.

Attire is business professional. Dress as if you are attending a formal job interview.

Applicants should plan on being at the School of Pharmacy for around four hours. Students will participate in a number of activities and meet with current pharmacy students, faculty, staff and alumni.

It takes about 40 minutes to drive to the UMKC Hospital Hill campus from MCI.

Step Five: Admission confirmation

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 or transferable.

Acceptance is contingent on submission of a criminal background check, good academic and behavioral standing, grade C or higher in the specified minimum pre-pharmacy course requirements and any other coursework completed during the Winter, Spring or Summer term prior to Fall admission entry.

If you are not admitted the first time, you may reapply the next year. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs by phone at 816-235-1613 or by email to discuss ways to become a more competitive applicant.

An official transcript from each college attended, showing all coursework attempted through the Spring and Summer 2020 terms, will be required following finalization of term for accepted candidates.

Please make arrangements to have your official transcripts sent directly to

UMKC School of Pharmacy
Office of Student Affairs
2464 Charlotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64108-2718

Step Six: Requirements for international applicants

In addition to completing the PharmCAS application and the UMKC Doctor of Pharmacy supplemental application, international applicants must follow the UMKC International Admission Requirements. Copies of all materials submitted to the International Student Affairs Office must be sent to the UMKC School of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs.

English proficiency requirements
Prior to their first enrollment in classes at UMKC, newly admitted international graduate students must register with the UMKC Applied Language Institute (ALI), and unless exempt by their academic unit, they must take the English Evaluation Examination. Based on results of the English Evaluation Examination scores, students must enroll in and successfully complete the ALI courses indicated as necessary by the student's academic unit in consultation with the UMKC Applied Language Institute. Prospective international graduate students should be aware that required coursework in English as a second language may add extra time to their individual graduate programs of study.

International graduate students exempted from this admissions policy

  • Native English speakers from English-speaking countries such as Canada, England, the Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand
  • Non-native English speakers who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (such as the United States, Canada, England, the Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand), provided they have a minimum of two years of successful full-time study, and English was the medium of instruction.