Admission Requirements

The application deadline is January 15 of each year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Follow the steps outlined below to apply to the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) program. Applicants are encouraged to submit all of their application materials early, as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

  1. First, make sure you meet the admission requirements outlined by the Graduate School. The minimum academic standard for full admission to the Graduate School is a B average, or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, in a program resulting in the award of a Bachelor's Degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution. Our program favors applicants with a BA, BS, or MS degree in the areas of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, molecular biology, pharmacy, and pharmaceutical sciences. Other related degrees will also be considered.

  2. Second, plan ahead to meet the application deadline, January 15. The GRE exam is only offered during certain times of the year, and you are responsible for completing the exam and reporting your results. GRE results should preferably meet the minimum scores of 153 verbal, 153 quantitative, and 4.0 for analytical writing. A subject GRE test is not required. International applicants must also take TOEFL or IELTS.

  3. Third, complete the online application. You can only be entered into the applications system by submitting the online application and the accompanying application fee. Applicants must also submit the following materials online:
    • Three Letters of Recommendation: Electronic letters of recommendation are preferred. Here is the link to the online form.
  4. Fourth, mail the following application materials to:

    University of Maryland, Baltimore
    Graduate School
    620 West Lexington Street, 5th Floor
    Baltimore, Maryland 21201

    • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required for all institutions attended.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores: Offical score reports should be sent directly from the testing agency. Please use code 5848 for the Graduate School and 0613 for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
    • TOEFL/IELTS Scores: Applicants whose native language or language of the home is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the examination offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). International applicants should have studied for at least one year in the United States and, preferably, have received an undergraduate (BA, BS) or graduate (MA, MS) degree from a US institution of higher learning before admittance into the program. Additional information for international applicants is available on the Graduate School webpage.