Admission Requirements – MS and Ph.D.

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Students are only admitted into the MS and PhD program for the Fall semester. Students who would like to pursue a PhD degree can apply directly for the PhD program.  Prior enrollment into the MS program is not necessary.

We recommend that all application materials for those wanting to be considered for the Fall 2018 term be submitted no later than December 1, 2017

The PhD and MS program are open to any individual regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap, or place of residence. All applicants will be considered on a competitive basis. A degree in pharmacy is not required for admission; however, familiarity with pharmacy (in particular) and health care (in general) is considered to be an asset.

The Department adheres to the following requirements:

  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale);
  • A competitive Graduate Record Examination (GRE); students are especially encouraged to apply if they exceed verbal and quantitative test scores >155;
  • Three letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s qualifications for graduate school in general and our field of study in particular;
  • A biographical sketch including a statement of career goals and reason for selecting a program of study in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy;
  • Official transcripts.

International Applicants

In addition to the above requirements, international applicants must submit one of the following sets of test scores. Students are especially encouraged to apply if they achieve test scores as listed below.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL)

For students for whom English is not their native language, results demonstrating proficiency in the English language on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be met at minimum for the University of Florida as described at: Please follow the link for a list of countries exempt from TOEFL: The University of Florida’s school code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5812.

Although no formal interview is required, each applicant is encouraged to reach out to faculty in our department or our department’s Research Coordinator, Sarah Lacroix,  to learn more about the program.

For general questions about our graduate programs or the admissions process contact Sarah Lacroix at

For questions about program content and structure, contact Dr. Rich Segal at or Dr. Almut Winterstein at

If you are ready to apply visit the college’s graduate admissions website to submit your online application. Once your application is submitted please inform Sarah Lacroix at so we can ensure your application is complete.