The UMKC School of Pharmacy tied for 31st in U.S. News and World Report Best Grad Schools rankings released in March. That put the school in the top one-quarter of the 134 U.S. pharmacy schools that were rated.
“This is a testament to the quality and resilience of our hard-working students, and to the dedication of our faculty and staff,” said Dean Russell Melchert, Ph.D. “It’s great to be recognized nationally as we pursue our mission to improve health throughout our state and region through education, research and community engagement.”
The U.S. News pharmacy rankings are based solely on surveys of academics at peer institutions. The UMKC School of Pharmacy ranking was up from 36th in 2016, when U.S. News last surveyed for pharmacy programs.
The school also has had great success matching its graduates. The Class of 2020 had an 81 percent initial match rate, the program’s best ever. In addition, “pharmacist” tops a CNBC list of top-paying professions right out of school, with a median annual salary of $123,670.