The UMKC School of Pharmacy offers an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. This program is administered by the School of Graduate Studies at UMKC. Find out more about our Ph.D. programs by visiting UMKC Admissions and the School of Graduate Studies websites.


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iPh.D. Program

Admissions Requirements

Due to course sequencing, new students will ordinarily be accepted only in the fall term. Applicants must hold a professional degree in pharmacy (Pharm.D. or B.S.) or a bachelor’s degree in biological, chemical science, or health science. In special situations, baccalaureate degrees in other disciplines will be evaluated for possible admission. For graduates of foreign schools, the applicant must have completed a course of study at least the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Prospective students must have:

Aggregate minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all college work taken prior to the bachelor’s degree, or an aggregate GPA of at least 3.5 on all post-bachelor work to date (minimum of 9 hours)
Minimum aggregate GRE score of 1,000 out of 1,600 for verbal and qualitative and 3.5 out of 6.0 for analytical writing or combined 1,500 out of 2,400 for verbal, qualitative and analytical writing
For graduates of foreign schools, the applicant must have:

Above-average grades in previous college study
Minimum score of 550 on written, or 213 computer-based, or 80 on Internet-based TOEFL exam and a minimum score of 4.0 out of 6.0 on the TWE
If you are an international student applying for admission, refer to the International Student Affairs Office for additional information.

Qualifying Requirements for Full Admission

Students seeking admission to the Pharmacology and Toxicology discipline of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program should have completed course work in:

Organic Chemistry I and II
Biochemistry I and II
Physiology I and II
A biostatistics course
Students who have not completed this coursework on admission must complete it during the first two semesters of graduate work

During the first year of graduate study, provisional Ph.D. students with Pharmacology and Toxicology as a discipline must complete the following courses or their equivalents with a grade of B or better. Equivalency is determined by the Pharmacology and Toxicology discipline faculty on a case-by-case basis.

Pharmacy 519 (4 hours)
Pharmacy 520 (5 hours)
Pharmacy 615 (3 hours)
Suggested Compatible Co-disciplines:

Pharmaceutical sciences
Cell biology and biophysics
Molecular biology and biochemistry
Oral biology
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