The application deadline is January 10, 2023. Admissions interviews are scheduled for January 31, 2023 and February 8, 2023. Competitive applications that are completed online by December 6, 2022, will be considered for the first interview date on January 31, 2023. Please note that the University is closed and admissions staff are not available between December 23, 2022 and January 4, 2023. 

Applicants to the PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research should possess a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants without a bachelor of science in pharmacy or a doctor of pharmacy degree will be considered as students can be successful in the program with no previous pharmacy related education and/or experience.

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 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. 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Your recommendations are managed by the online application; you will need the email address of your recommenders for this process.
  • Curriculum Vitae uploaded as part of the online application.
  • Essay describing your academic goals and research interest scanned and uploaded as a supplemental item to the online application. The essay should be between 300-500 words. Students should also indicate in 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.
    View our faculty research interests.
  • International Students Only: TOEFL or IELTS scores, minimum 550 for pbt (paper-based TOEFL), or 80 for ibt (internet-based TOEFL). The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7. Results should be sent to the Graduate School using code 5848 for the Graduate School.

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.