Prospective Students

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degree

The curriculum offered by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy consists of a six-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.  The pre-professional portion of the curriculum is spent in studies of the basic physical and biological sciences and in course work necessary to satisfy the University’s general education requirements.

During the first three professional years of the Pharm.D. program, students devote their time to the study of the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice.  Areas of study include biochemistry, microbiology, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, social administrative pharmacy, and therapeutics.

The fourth year of the professional program is entirely experiential.


Students must submit both an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) and an online supplemental application to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy.  There is a $50 fee for the supplemental application.  The PharmCAS application deadline is December 1, 2016 and the supplemental application deadline is January 4, 2017.

Please note that a separate application to The University of Montana is required for all transfer students. The University of Montana does not have an application deadline and will process applications on a rolling admission basis. Admission to The University of Montana does not guarantee admission to the professional pharmacy program.


PCAT scores will only be accepted from no more than two years prior to the date of application and the test must be completed before the PharmCAS application deadline. We will accept scores from June 2015-November 2016 for Fall 2017 applications. We recommend applicants take the PCAT in October or November 2016.

Please visit to register for the exam. Please have PCAT scores reported to PharmCAS.


Students applying for admission will be required to complete at least 20 hours of volunteer or paid experience serving a patient population in a medical or social field and one completed evaluation form from someone involved with the applicant in such an experience.


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 with a grade of C- or better. Grades lower than C- are not acceptable. Students will also be expected to have completed all General Education requirements except the upper-division writing and ethics requirements prior to entering the professional curriculum.  Students must complete all General Education requirements before entering clerkship rotations during the final year of the program.

Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers a dynamic program of graduate education leading to the:

  • PhD and M.S. in Neuroscience
  • PhD and M.S. in Toxicology
  • PhD in Biomedical Sciences
  • MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Department offers graduate training and research in neuroscience, toxicology, cardiovascular pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacogenetics, and cancer research.  The Centers and Institutes within the department are instrumental in graduate training in the areas of neurological diseases, cardiovascular-endocrine disorders, and environmental toxicology.

Students will find the Ph.D. and M.S. programs in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences an excellent reason to come to Montana.  The friendly, collaborative nature of our department allows students and faculty to concentrate on learning and research.  The graduate programs emphasize one-on-one faculty-student interactions, provide numerous mechanisms for obtaining feedback and support, and offer students many opportunities to present their research findings.