Whatever your goals and passions are, you can find the path to achieve them at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy by customizing your Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) with a dual degree.

Dual Degree Programs:

  1. JD (University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law)
  2. MBA (University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business)
  3. MBA (University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business)
  4. MPH (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
  5. MS (Palliative Care)
  6. MS (Pharmacometrics)
  7. MS (Regulatory Science)
  8. PhD (Pharmaceutical Health Services Research)
  9. PhD (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Pathways:

Pathways offer a focused course of elective study designed to enhance learning in a structured manner. Student pharmacists may apply to pursue a pathway if they have an interest in a particular area. The process is competitive and selective. Successful completion of a pathway aids the student in pursuing or fulfilling a specific career role or further training immediately upon graduation.

The School of Pharmacy currently offers pathways in the following areas:

  1. Geriatrics and Palliative Care: This pathway is designed to prepare PharmD graduates to work with a diverse population of older adults and those with advanced illness in a variety of practice settings.
  2. Pharmacotherapy: This pathway is designed to prepare PharmD graduates to provide direct patient care to those with multiple disease states.
  3. Pharmapreneurship: This pathway prepares students to develop business, innovation, and leadership skills necessary to be pharmapreneurs.
  4. Research: This is a research-intensive program that aims to provide pharmacy students of exceptional merit the opportunity to expand their professional education.

For more information about pathways and the application process, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (410) 706-7653 or studentaffairs@rx.umaryland.edu.

Current students and other members of the School of Pharmacy community can learn more about pathways on the Portal. (Note: You will need to enter your UMID and password to access the page.)

Additional Considerations:

In addition to exploring the links above, please review the following information if you think a dual degree program might be right for you.

  • Admissions: Each school has its own admissions process and awards its own degree. There is no admissions preference for dual degree students, but applicants are encouraged to discuss their motivation to be trained in both disciplines as part of their personal statement or interview. Applications deadlines can be found on each program's website.
  • Logistics: Most dual degree coursework is completed during the student's third year in the PharmD program. Remaining work for the other degree is completed during and after the fourth year in the PharmD program. Enrolling in a dual degree program will extend matriculation by at least one year.
  • Benefits: Save time and money when compared to completing each degree separately thanks to transfer credits and elective course substitutions.
  • Considerations: Dual degree students may not be able to fully explore electives in each degree, nor have time for many extracurricular activities and organizations. Dual degree students are also strongly advised not to work during this time.
  • Communication: These are individually-customized academic plans such that, even prior to starting a dual degree, students must work closely with the Office of Student Affairs and advisors in both programs to meet all degree requirements, course sequencing, and degree completion time limits.
  • Stand Out: Every year, 8-10 percent of graduating students at the School of Pharmacy complete dual degrees, compared to two to three percent nationally.