Below are answers to questions that students frequently ask when considering whether to apply to the PhD program in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC). Please contact the graduate program coordinator if your question is not answered here.

When is the best time to apply?

The application deadline is January 15 of each year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to submit all of their application materials early. Applications received beyond the deadline will not be reviewed.

When are the interviews and are they required?

Interview dates for the Fall application cycle will be posted on the program web page as soon as they are scheduled. An in-person interview is required before an acceptance is issued. For international applicants who do not currently reside in the United States, a video conference will be held in lieu of an in-person interview.

Do you offer conditional acceptances?

Unfortunately, the program does not offer conditional acceptances. No exceptions are made.

When will I find out whether I have been accepted?

Admissions decisions are sent as soon as possible. Those who have completed interviews can expect a faster turnaround time. Those who have not conducted interviews but are still under review may expect a decision by the end of April.

How many students are typically admitted each year?

The precise number of students admitted varies from year to year. Generally, 8-12 students are admitted.

Do you admit students in the spring semester?

Unfortunately, students are admitted in the fall semester only. No exceptions are made.

I am an international applicant. Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

The policy regarding language requirements states, "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 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam."

Is there any special information for international applicants?

International applicants are recommended to have studied for at least one year in the United States and preferably have received an undergraduate (BA, BS) or graduate (MA, MS) degree from a US institution of higher learning before applying to the program. Additional information for international applicants may be found through the Graduate School.

Questions about the GRE Exam

My GRE scores have expired. Can I send you my old report?

If your GRE scores have expired, you will need to retake the exam and have the testing agency mail the new report.

Do I need to take the GRE exam if I have been out of school for several years?

The GRE exam is a required part of the application package and is not waived.

Questions about the Program and Financial Aid

Do you offer an MS degree?

Yes, the School of Pharmacy offers a 16-month, full-time MS in PSC program based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. This program integrates basic and applied pharmaceutical sciences with hands-on laboratory research experience to prepare students for careers planning experiments, conducting investigations, performing quality assurance, and a variety of other operational roles at pharmaceutical companies and in the government.

Please visit the MS in PSC website to learn more.

Is there funding available for graduate students in the program?

Yes! Full-time graduate students enrolled in the pharmaceutical sciences graduate program are fully funded. Financial support, usually in the form of teaching and research assistantships, is provided for students accepted into the program. This support includes an annual stipend of $25,000, tuition remission, health insurance, and student fees. The total support is valued at $38,000.