Residential MS Degree

MS Application Deadline

Students are only admitted into the M.S. and Ph.D. program for the fall semester. Students who would like to pursue a Ph.D. degree can apply directly for the Ph.D. program.  Prior enrollment into the M.S. 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.

Our graduate program, housed in the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy for more than 30 years, was created to meet the continued demands of academic, private, and governmental organizations to build research capacity surrounding the safe, effective, and efficient use of medications.  The program offers a terminal residential masters’ degree but course work and other scholastic requirements are fully applicable and transferable to the Department’s PhD program if a successful graduate wishes to continue his or her studies.  Individuals who are interested in a PhD degree do not need to apply for the MS track but can apply directly into the PhD program.  Specializations for the residential MS and PhD degree include Pharmacoepidemiology and Safety Sciences, Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and Pharmaceutical Health Services Research.

The degree provides individuals with the credentials to serve as entry- or mid-level research associates in contract research organizations, academic and clinical research units, pharmaceutical companies, and government organizations.  Typically, these individuals work under limited direction as part of a multi-disciplinary research group.  Examples of such positions include research associates, program managers, and health scientists.

The strong pharmaceutical focus of the MS degree offers the opportunity to explore a research career for individuals who oscillate between a more research-oriented or clinical specialization (e.g., residency). The curriculum is flexible enough to allow clinical involvement, so that clinical skills can be maintained.

Students may also have the opportunity to pursue an internship with government organizations, or in the pharmaceutical or health services industry, to allow students early exposure to a potential work place. However, we advise students who plan to transition to the PhD program, to delay an internship until a summer during their PhD studies.

Fellowships and tuition waivers are generally not available for students enrolled in the MS degree program, but for applicants with US licensure, opportunities to work part-time as a pharmacist at the UF teaching hospital or other pharmacies are available.

Successful applicants must have a competitive academic record and should have a terminal degree in health sciences (e.g., PharmD) and have demonstrated interest in research surrounding the evaluation of drugs and drug use.


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Specialty Areas

MS Program Outline

Core Curriculum

Admissions Requirements

Application Procedures

For questions about the admission process contact Sarah Lacroix at

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

If you are ready to apply, contact or visit the college’s graduate admissions website.