The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy prepares future generations of pharmacists with the knowledge and skills needed to be essential contributors to a dynamic health care arena.

Thank you for your interest in the University of Maryland Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Please explore the sections below to learn more about our program. 

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Prerequisites for PharmD Applicants

The School of Pharmacy requires sixty-five (65) credits of prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation in the Fall. Courses can be in progress while applying.

  • Credits are accepted from any accredited community college or universities.
  • Prerequisites must have a minimum grade of C-
  • Science courses and labs should be in person (other than COVID semesters).
  • Recent science courses should be within five (5) years of applying.
  • Courses need to be complete prior to entering the PharmD program (Fall 2024: Aug. 12, 2024)

International Applicants

  • International credits can be counted towards our prerequisite credits. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service and submitted to PharmCAS.
  • International applicants must complete at least one semester of coursework (12 credits) at an accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Review our international applicant page for more details.
Course Credit Hours
English Composition 3
Calculus 3
Statistics 3
Biology (with Lab) 8
Microbiology (with Lab) 4
General Chemistry (with Lab) 8
Organic Chemistry (with Lab) 8
Physics (with Lab) 4
Human Anatomy and Physiology 6
Humanities and Social Science 12
Speech, Communications, or Public Speaking 3
Economics 3
Total 65

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy reserves the right to make changes in requirements for admission, curriculum, standards for advancement and graduation, fees, and rules and regulations.

3:4 Educational Agreements

The School of Pharmacy also maintains 3:4 Educational Agreements with several local universities to allow students to complete both their bachelor's degree and PharmD degree in just seven years. Learn more about these educational agreements.

Please Note: The School reserves the right to make changes in requirements for admission, curriculum, standards for advancement and graduation, fees, and rules and regulations.


Flexible and Customized Curriculum

Many students take advantage of the incredible programs available at the School of Pharmacy and the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s other professional schools. Dual degrees allow students to customize their education, maximize their time in school, and emerge with the highest qualifications and knowledge. Students can pair their PharmD with 10 other degree options:

Pathways are 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. Successful completion of a pathway results in the awarding of a credential that aids the student in pursuing or fulfilling a specific career role or further training immediately upon graduation.

  • Geriatrics and Palliative Care
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Pharmapreneurship
  • Research

PharmD students can choose from many electives that allow them to explore their specific areas of interest, such as: 

  • Advanced Pharmacogenomics
  • Effective Leadership and Advocacy
  • Introduction to Integrative Medicine
  • Introduction to the Poison Center
  • IPE Medication Management in Mental Health
  • Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics
  • Pharmacotherapy of Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Pharmapreneurship Seminar
  • And many more!
Take Your PharmD Degree to the Next Level

The School of Pharmacy offers a variety of dual degrees and pathways for students enrolled in the PharmD program who want to further expand their education and their career opportunities.

Learn More About Dual Degrees and Pathways

PharmD Tuition and Fees

Deciding to become a pharmacist is an investment that will pay off. Students within the School of Pharmacy receive about $10.5 million in financial aid each year, which includes combination of loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study.

Please remember that each student's situation is different and awards are individualized, so the level of need and the amount of aid varies from student to student. For more information about available financial aid options, please visit the University Student Financial Assistance webpage.

The School of Pharmacy provides a highly ranked education for a mid-range price. For current information on tuition, please review this document (PDF) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

Residency Status Semesters Tuition (Per Semester) Auxiliary Fees (Per Semester) Tuition + Auxiliary Fees (Per Semester)
MD Residents Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 $14,531.50 $1,007.00 $15,538.50
Non-MD Residents Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 $23,209.00 $1,007.00 $24,216.00

Non-MD Residents

Generally, in order to qualify for in‐state status, a prospective, returning, or current student must demonstrate that he or she is a permanent Maryland resident. To view the criteria, procedure, and application for Maryland residency, please visit the Office of the Registrar's website.

Financial Aid

Financial aid packages for students often include a combination of loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study designed to meet students' needs. To qualify for aid, students must apply annually and meet the eligibility requirements.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is required for federal loans and scholarships, and the earlier you can submit it, the better loans you might receive. The priority deadline for this form is March 1.

Although your admission will not be guaranteed at this point, completing this form now means that your financial aid will not be delayed.

Scholarships

Through the generous gifts of alumni, friends, and professional associations, the School provides additional financial aid to its full-time students who are in need of support. Students apply for these awards, and awards are given to those students who can document unmet financial need through the student financial aid process.

To be considered for priority scholarships, apply by November 1.

The two most prestigious scholarships at the School for current students include the Felix A. Khin-Maung Gyi Memorial Scholarship for Pharmapreneurship, which provides one full year of tuition for a student’s third year, and the Wagner Family Scholarships in Pharmapreneurship, which provides $12,000 to nine students in their third or fourth year.


Student Support

The School of Pharmacy has developed a summer program to facilitate a seamless transition for first-year students into the PharmD program.

The Maryland Academy for Pharmacy Success (MAPS) is designed to expose incoming students to the skills, knowledge, concepts, and principles required for their first semester. The voluntary eight-module online course includes topics such as biochemistry, genomics, physical and pharmaceutical chemistry, abilities lab, and general patient management. The program runs from June to August prior to an incoming student's first year.

An online and mostly asynchronous program, MAPS provides a live and recorded Zoom session to answer questions, engage with students, and cover the program materials. Weekly activities include readings, videos, and a quiz. Students who complete the MAPS program will receive a digital badge, a virtual credential that can be shared on a resume, CV, email signature, and LinkedIn profile.