Prospective students may benefit from reviewing the following responses to frequently asked questions about the MS in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) program.

Do I need to travel to the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy to attend classes for this program?

While this is a program geared towards experienced professionals, students are still expected to attend class in-person at the School of Pharmacy.

What time commitment should I expect to make for this program?

The MS in PHSR program can be completed in two years. Students enrolled in the program are considered full-time. Once enrolled, students are expected to be fully engaged in their studies.

Is a thesis required?

A thesis is required for the MS in PHSR program.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The MS in PHSR program is designed to be completed in two years.

Can I request a course waiver or partial course waiver?

Yes, but the equivalent credits must be earned through electives.

Are Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores required for admission?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and challenges our applicants may have experienced during the pandemic in accessing test centers, the PHSR Admissions Committee will not be considering GRE scores for the incoming class of Fall 2021. Applicants who wish to submit their GRE scores may still do so, but they will not be reviewed by the committee. All applicants, regardless of GRE submission, will be given a full and fair review. Please reach out to if you have any questions.

Are TOEFL/IELTS scores required for admission?

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 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Visit the Graduate School website for more information.

What is the approximate cost for tuition?

In-state and out-of-state tuition are approximately $22,860 and $40,860 for the entire program, respectively. This figure does not include additional fees charged by the University. Exact tuition costs and applicable fees are available on the website.

Can I pay the tuition and fees in installments?

Students can elect to participate in the University's installment plan. It splits the total cost of the semester into three payments (August, September, and October for fall; and January, February, and March for spring). There is a $10 administrative fee per semester to participate in this plan, and your application to participate must be processed before each semester starts.