The application deadline is March 1, 2023.

The application deadline is March 1. All supplemental materials must be received and processed by this date to be considered for acceptance. Unofficial transcripts are accepted for review purposes, and official transcripts must be received by the University no later than August 1, 2023. Please make sure any items being mailed are postmarked far enough in advance to meet this deadline. Complete applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Applying early is encouraged.

Applicant Qualifications

Prospective students interested in applying to the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences program should possess the following:

  • 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 degree in the areas of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, molecular biology, pharmacy, and pharmaceutical sciences. Other degrees will also be considered with the following coursework recommended with a grade of B or better: General Chemistry, General Biology, Calculus, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry.

  • Preferred minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) and overall quality of academic transcripts

Admissions Process

All applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Transcript from each college or university that you are currently attending or you previously attended must be provided. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the application review process. If admitted, an official transcript must be received prior to the start of the program.

    If sending electronic official transcripts (U.S. only), send directly from your degree-granting institution to, or provided through one of the following transcript clearinghouse services: 

    If mailing an official transcript, please send to the UMB Graduate School’s address listed below.
  • Essay – The essay should be between 300-500 words, address your academic and/or professional career goals, objectives in pursuing a graduate degree in pharmaceutical sciences, and indicate which areas of research interest you. Please make sure your name is on your essay and upload as a supplemental item to the online application.
  • CV/Resume – Upload as a supplemental item to the online application.
  • 3 letters of recommendation – Preferably from professors or others who can attest to the quality of your academic performance and scholastic potential. Your recommendations are managed by the online application. You will need to enter the email addresses of your recommenders for this process.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

International Applicants should submit.

  • TOEFL or 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 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score for admission is 550 for paper-based tests, 213 for computer-based tests, 80 for the internet-based tests. IELTS test takers must score no less than Band 7 (total). For TOEFL: Please send official scores using code 5848 for the Graduate School and department code 47 for Pharmacy.
  • International applicants must provide one (1) transcript in English and one (1) native language transcript or mark sheets from each college or university attended. Each set of documents must list subjects studied, grades or marks received, and rank in class or division. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the application review process. If admitted, an official transcript must be received prior to the start of the program.

Additional information for international applicants is available on the Graduate School webpage.

All application documents mailed should be sent to the UMB Graduate School:

ATTN: Admissions
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Graduate School
620 W. Lexington St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Additional information on application guidelines can be found on the UMB Graduate School website.