Students can prepare for a pharmacy career at UMKC by enrolling in a range of programs to suit their needs.  UMKC students learn from award-winning faculty, lead an engaged student life and develop the skills to launch a successful career.

Quick Facts

  • Students who complete their pre-pharmacy coursework at UMKC have the academic preparation necessary for a competitive application to the Pharm.D. program.
  • Pre-pharmacy and Early Assurance students receive advising by School of Pharmacy staff. The knowledgeable staff help create a plan that fits the students timeline for a Pharm.D. application.
  • Early Assurance students participate in focused programming so they gain an even greater understanding of pharmacy and are well prepared for their upcoming application.
  • UMKC’s tuition is lower than many schools in the region. The Dean’s Nonresident Award makes UMKC affordable for out of state students.  More information can be found at our Financing Your Education page.
  • Our on-time graduation rate is above 94%.
  • Our NAPLEX pass rate is above the national average the past three of four years
  • Our students’ residency placement rate exceeded the national average five of the last six years
  • Graduating student satisfaction with a UMKC education above the national average for the past five years.
  • Our students have many opportunities to serve their communities and build skills as members of the award-winning student organizations.
  • Graduates from our iPhD program have been accepted into prestigious fellowship programs including Harvard-MIT, Stanford, UCLA and Northwestern. Others have taken positions with the FDA, USP, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and in the private sector.
  • Admission and employment facts:  https://pharmacy.umkc.edu/why-umkc/facts/


Our Programs

Students interested in the pre-pharmacy and Pharm.D. program should meet with a UMKC School of Pharmacy advisor to review your transcripts and create a plan of study. UMKC offers opportunities for Doctor of Pharmacy students to be positioned for a wide range of exciting pharmacy careers.  For information about these coordinated programs including, but not limited to, the Pharm.D./MBA program, Bioinformatics program, and Gerontology Certificate, please check out UMKC Pharm.D. Students Additional Career Preparations and Opportunities.


UMKC I-Ph.D. program

Learn more about UMKC’s I-Ph.D. program:


UMKC Pre-pharmacy

The pre-pharmacy program provides the educational requirements a student needs to apply to the UMKC School of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. Pre-pharmacy is a program of study, not a major, as it does not culminate in a degree. Review the courses student complete in the pre-pharmacy program as they prepare for an application to the Pharm.D. program (PDF).


UMKC Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

Our Pharm.D. degree is a full-time, four-year program that prepares students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to practice as a pharmacist. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible for licensure and can practice as a generalist pharmacist in a wide array of healthcare settings or complete post-graduate residency training. UMKC’s Pharm.D. program does not require a completed degree in order to apply.

For more detailed information about the application process, please visit our Pharm.D. Application Instructions.


Receive your UMKC Pharm.D Education at One of Our Three Sites

No matter where you take your Pharm.D. classes, you learn from live faculty who are either present in the classroom or streaming live across distance technology. Students experience the same level of success in passing the licensure exams, residency placement and on-time graduation at all three sites. We accept up to 95 students per class in Kansas City, up to 30 per class in Columbia and up to 30 per class in Springfield. Learn more about our sites so you can what figure out what fits best fit with your educational needs.

Kansas City – A major metropolitan center with a population of over two million people, Kansas City has world class arts and entertainment, an enthusiastic professional and collegiate sports scene and, of course, world-famous barbeque. Kansas City is the home base for the UMKC School of Pharmacy, where our campus sits alongside schools of medicine, dentistry, and nursing and health studies. We are one of only 18 institutions in the country to have all major health professions schools in the same location.

Columbia – Located in the heart of Missouri, Columbia is home to about 120,000 citizens. Our Columbia site offers a vibrant student life that includes NCAA Division I athletics, great dining and the arts. The Columbia area is home to many outdoor activities with easy access to a large network of hiking and biking trails. The pharmacy students take classes in the Academic Support Center and the faculty and staff are housed in Lewis Hall, about a 10-minute walk away. Both facilities are conveniently located on the University of Missouri campus.

Springfield – Located in southern Missouri, the Springfield metropolitan area is home to over 525,000 people. Springfield has a strong economy based in health care, manufacturing, retail, education and tourism. The area is also a great launching point for outdoor recreation areas close to the Ozarks and Table Rock Lake. The pharmacy students attend classes and faculty have their offices in Brick City, a Missouri State University space located about 10 minutes by shuttle bus or car from the main MSU campus. The School of Pharmacy has specially designed space on the fourth floor of Brick City that was designed to meet the needs of our program.


Contact information:

(816) 235-1613