Professional Program Application Process



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Effective April 21, 2023 - Microeconomics is no longer required as a prerequisite.

 Applicants are required to submit an application through PharmCAS and pay an online supplemental $50 fee (link will be provided late July 2024) to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy.  The PharmCAS application priority deadline is December 2, 2024. The final PharmCAS deadline is May 1, 2025.


Students applying for admission will be required to complete at least 20 hours of observation of a medical or social field, preferably in a pharmacy.  A volunteer or paid experience serving a patient population can be substituted for the observation hours. The PharmCAS letter of recommendation must be from someone involved with the applicant in such an observation/experience. The recommendation/evaluation form through PharmCAS must be submitted before an interview will be offered.


To be eligible for admission, applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4 point scale, both overall and in required pre-professional courses. All required pre-pharmacy courses must be completed for a letter grade with a grade of C- or better. Grades lower than C- are not acceptable.


Please submit all transcripts to PharmCAS as soon as you begin the application process.  After the Autumn and Spring terms, please send a transcript to PharmCAS with the term grades and complete an academic update to your PharmCAS application.


The University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy uses a “rolling admissions process.”  Acceptance decisions will be made after each interview day, so more seats are available earlier in the application cycle.  Applications not completed by May 1 are LATE and will not be reviewed or considered for an interview.

All application materials must be received by PharmCAS by the deadline date to be considered complete. Applicants are reminded that transcripts and reference letters frequently take weeks, or even months, to obtain. This is especially true of international coursework.  The University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy regrets that deadlines cannot be extended for students whose documents are delayed due to backlog or mishandling by the recommenders or schools.  Please note that the non-refundable supplemental application fee is a processing fee and does not guarantee the review of your application if you miss the deadline.

Apply by March 1, 2025 to be notified about select scholarship opportunities for incoming P1 students.

We will be interviewing about once a month beginning in October. Applicants will be notified by e-mail at least two weeks before Zoom Interview week, if they qualify for an interview. Admission offers for strong candidates are made within one to two weeks of the interview.  Students who are not initially offered a seat in the class may be reviewed for admission or a wait-list offer at the end of the review cycle.

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Zoom Interview Weeks (During Day)

September 16

October 14-18

October 7

November 12-15

December 20

February 3-7

February 14

March 24-28

Interviews for competitive applications received after March 1 will be scheduled as needed. 


An open house for Autumn 2025 admitted students/applicants is scheduled for early April 2025. An email will be sent to all applicants in PharmCAS in early 2025 with more details.


An accepted student will need to send a nonrefundable deposit of $200 to reserve placement.  This payment will be credited toward tuition upon enrollment.


The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education requires a criminal background check (CBC) for all admitted pharmacy students.  Accepted applicants will pay a fixed fee to Certiphi for all searches. Financially disadvantaged applicants who were granted a PharmCAS application fee waiver will also receive a waiver for the Certiphi CBC. Other criminal background checks and drug screenings may be required for Introductory or Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE/APPE).


Contact or 406-243-4656


In 1998, Congress passed amendments to the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, which had amended the earlier Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), renaming the law to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act. 

The purpose of the Clery Act is to provide current and prospective students and employees with accurate and important information about crimes and campus safety so they can make informed decisions. The U.S. Department of Education electronically publishes UM data, along with comparable information from other colleges and universities.

Campus Safety - Clery Act

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 UPDATED June 5, 2024