Applications are due January 3 for admission in the upcoming fall semester. Applicants are only accepted for the fall semester.

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:

  • 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 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 phsr-PHD@rx.umaryland.edu 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.
    Faculty research interests can be found here.
  • 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.