Admission Requirements

Students are typically 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 POP M.S. program or attainment of an M.S. or similar degree from another program is not required.

Review of applications begins December 1 and ends April 1. Decisions on first round interviews and nominations for fellowship are finalized by January 15; thus completing your application before December 1 is strongly encouraged. 

The Ph.D. and M.S. program are open to any individual regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap, or place of residence. All applicants are 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 an asset.

The department adheres to the following requirements:

  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • *For Fall 2021 Admissions only* Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score will not be required due to the ongoing pandemic and unavailability or difficulty in testingHowever, we strongly encourage submitting GRE scores to strengthen your application. See notes below.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s qualifications for graduate school in general and our field of study in particular
  • A curriculum vitae and a biographical sketch including a statement of career goals and reason for selecting a program of study in Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy
  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of competency in oral and written English.


  • The graduate program in Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy requires substantial quantitative skills as the coursework and training involves biostatistics and programming. The faculty look for evidence of quantitative proficiency including excellent grades in undergraduate or graduate level coursework in higher level mathematics (e.g. calculus) or statistics. In the absence or in addition to sufficient coursework, a strong quantitative GRE score is viewed positively.
  • All applicants considered competitive for admission will be invited for a video conference interview in early January and/or for an in-person interview in early February if the applicant is located in the U.S.  
  • Satisfaction of general requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to the PhD program in particular is limited and is on a very competitive basis.

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 for the University of Florida graduate programs.

See the list of countries exempt from TOEFL

The University of Florida’s school code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5812.


For general questions about our graduate programs or the admissions process, contact Dr. Joshua Brown.

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

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