Prospective students may benefit from reviewing the following responses to frequently asked questions about the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.
Is a bachelor's degree required for admission?
No, only the two years of prerequisites are required. Students with a bachelor's degree are not given special consideration over students who have only completed the prerequisites.
Is work experience in the pharmacy field required?
Work experience is not required for admission. However, it can show committment to the field of pharmacy or can demonstrate the well-roundedness of an applicant.
Do I need to have all my prerequisites completed before I apply?
No, as long as you complete your prerequisites by the time you begin the PharmD program. Make sure to indicate courses planned or in progress in PharmCAS.
Can I take prerequisite courses at the School of Pharmacy?
No. You must take these courses elsewhere.
What are the requirements for the letters of recommendation?
We require at least 3 letters of recommendation which can come from anyone except a teaching assistant or friend/family member. Work supervisors and/or professors are preferred.
What counts as a humanities course?
These include journalism, fine arts, classics, modern language, music, philosophy, and speech.
What counts as a social science course?
Social science courses include accounting, anthropology, Afro-American studies, computers, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.
What if my institution uses a quarter system instead of a semester system?
Multiply your number of credits by .66 to translate them into semester hours. Round partial credits of .5 and above up to the next semester hour; credits at .4 and below are rounded down.
Are there any exceptions to the time limit for chemistry and biology courses?
If you are working in a science- or health-related field, then the time requirement can be waived with successful PCAT scores (over 60th percentile in biology and chemistry).
The time requirement is counted from the most recent coursework taken - so, if you took your first course more than five years ago but you have taken higher level courses more recently, the coursework is considered current.
Are prerequisites from a four-year institution viewed more favorably than courses from a community college?
Our admissions committee views applicants equally in this regard.
My institution only had three-credit physics courses and thus, I only have a total of 6 credits in physics. Will this meet your admission requirement of having 8 credits in physics?
No, you must take another course in order to meet the 8 credit minimum. This rule applies for all prerequisite courses.
How many credits do the courses in economics and speech have to be?
There is not a specific amount of credits required for these courses, as long as a course has been taken for credit.
Will a course in macroeconomics meet the economics requirement?
No, the course must either be a general economics course that includes both micro and macro-economics, or a course that focuses only on micro-economics.
Do you accept AP courses for prerequisites?