The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy offers a number of highly competitive research-based graduate programs.

Doctoral Degree Programs:

PhD in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR)
The widespread use of medications in society has created a demand for individuals skilled in the evaluation of pharmaceutical services and interventions. The PhD in PHSR program provides graduates with the theory, practical experience, and decision-making skills they need to become expert researchers and address a wide range of pharmacy-related problems.

PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC)
The PhD in PSC program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to direct the discovery of novel biological pathways in human disease and the development and delivery of medications for safe and effective therapy. After completing the program, graduates are prepared to become successful scientists and begin exciting careers in academia, federal agencies, or the pharmaceutical industry.

PhD in Palliative Care
Launched in Fall 2021, the PhD in Palliative Care program is the first Doctor of Philosophy in Palliative Care in the United States. A completely online program that builds on the very popular online Master of Science and Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care, the interprofessional PhD program is designed for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, administrators, researchers, and others who want to become outstanding researchers in palliative care, while concurrently honing skills in leadership, education, and engagement in the profession and the palliative care community.

Master's Degree Programs:

MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics
The Master of Science (MS) in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics program provides students with the knowledge they need to support patients and the medical cannabis industry, add to existing research, and develop well-informed medical cannabis policy. The two-year program based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md., blends online instruction with face-to-face experiences to prepare graduates to respond to the increasing demand for medical cannabis with an understanding of the basic science and clinical uses of the cannabis plant.

MS in Palliative Care
The 30-credit interprofessional MS in Palliative Care is offered completely online and can be completed in six semesters or at your own pace. The program is designed to meet the educational needs of individuals who are currently working or who wish to work in hospice and palliative care and want to gain a deeper understanding of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of patients and families affected by serious illness.

MS in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR)
Adapted from the top-tier PhD in PHSR program, the MS in PHSR is geared towards experienced professionals, helping them gain the theory, practical experience, and decision-making skills needed to improve prescription drug use and health among diverse populations.

MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC)
The MS in PSC provides advanced education and cutting-edge training to prepare students for high-level research and leadership positions in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and in the federal government. The 16-month, full-time program is based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md.

MS in Pharmacometrics
The objective of the MS in Pharmacometrics is to allow current professionals to acquire skills and knowledge to plan, perform and interpret pharmacometric analyses with the goal of influencing key drug development, regulatory and therapeutic decisions.

MS in Regulatory Science
The MS in Regulatory Science program addresses all major areas of drug product regulatory science, including chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC); clinical research; and post-approval surveillance, as well as drug discovery.

Graduate Certificate Programs:

Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
The School of Pharmacy offers five graduate certificates that focus on palliative care including clinical aspects of hospice and palliative care, leadership and administration on hospice and palliative care, psychosocial/spiritual aspects of hospice and palliative care, and aging and applied thanatology.

Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Science
The Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Science consists of the first two courses of the MS in Regulatory Science program, for a total of 12 credits. It can be completed in less than one year, and is designed for students who seek a more limited course of study or commitment than the MS degree. Certificate students can apply for the MS program at a later date, if desired, and apply their completed courses towards the MS degree.

Post-Doctoral PharmD Fellowship Opportunities:

AstraZeneca-University of Maryland Early Clinical Development Fellowship
The AstraZeneca-University of Maryland Post-Doctoral PharmD Early Clinical Development Fellowship program provides intensive, specialized training to understand the drug development process and study management experience, with emphasis on development of the post-doctoral individual to succeed in the pharmaceutical industry. The intent is to prepare the fellow with an exceptional learning and mentorship experience as they enter their longer-term career in drug development.