The decision has been made to pause our MS degree admissions for the 2024/2025 academic year.

No applications will be accepted. Please check back in early September of 2024 for admissions updates for the 2025/2026 academic year.

The PHSR graduate program is not currently accepting applications for the MS degree for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Apply to the MS in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Applicants to the MS in PHSR program should possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants without a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSPharm) or a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) will be considered, as students can be successful in the program without previous pharmacy education and/or experience.

All supplemental materials must be received and processed by March 31 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

All applicants must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  • One official transcript from each college or university that you are currently attending or you previously attended must be provided. Electronic official transcripts (U.S. only) may be sent 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 below:

    ATTN: Admissions
    University of Maryland, Baltimore
    Graduate School
    620 West Lexington Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201-1508

    NOTE: Packages/documents sent to us via a non-USPS carrier such as UPS, FedEx or DHL must be addressed to:

    Attention: Graduate School Admissions
    601 West Lombard St.
    Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (mailed directly to the Graduate School). Please use code 5848 for the Graduate School.
    • NOTE: 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 2023.   
  • Two letters of recommendation. Your recommendations are managed by the online application. You will need the email addresses of your recommenders for this process.
  • Curriculum Vitae uploaded as part of the online application.
  • Essay describing your academic goals and research interests scanned and uploaded as a supplemental item to the online application. The essay should be between 300-500 words. Students should indicate on their essay a track or specialization of interest from the list below:
    • Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: Research that compares different health care and treatment approaches to help patients and providers make more informed decisions.
    • Pharmaceutical Policy: Local, state, and national policies governing the development, provision, and use of medications within a health care system.
    • Pharmacoeconomics: Trade-offs in health outcomes and costs associated with the use of therapies, devices, and adherence programs.
    • Pharmacoepidemiology: Prevalence and use of pharmaceuticals in large populations as well as the health outcomes associated with medication utilization.
    Faculty research interests can be found here.
  • International Students Only: International applicants must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo exam. Applicants must achieve a minimum, total score of 80 on the internet-based test on the TOEFL; or, a minimum, total score of 7 on the IELTS; or, a minimum score of 115 on Duolingo.
    • Please have official TOEFL test scores sent through ETS to our school code 5848. IELTS test-takers may send their TRF number to the School of Pharmacy at so that the admissions office may verify the applicant’s scores electronically.
    • If you took the Duolingo exam, please send us an unofficial copy of your scoresheet and request the official be sent to University of Maryland, Baltimore.
    • If you are interested or curious in our exemption guidelines, please read the exemptions from English language proficiency requirement.

For More Information:

All applicants must satisfy the general requirements of the Graduate School before consideration for admission to the program. For more information about the Graduate School Admission criteria, visit the website.