Admissions FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When did the program begin? 
    The first class of student pharmacists matriculated in the fall of 2010.
  2. Is the program accredited?
    The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy was awarded full accreditation on June 26, 2013 by the ACPE Board of Directors.
  3. When do classes start?   Are students accepted into the program during spring or summer semesters? 
    The fall term begins in July of each year. The School of Pharmacy accepts students for fall admission only.
  4. How do I apply? 
    Applications must be received through PharmCas. Visit the “How to Apply” section of this website for more information.
  5. Does the School of Pharmacy participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)?
  6. What is the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) considered to apply? 
    We recommend a 2.75 science/math and 2.75 overall in prerequisite coursework. However, UMES utilizes a holistic review process, and will take many aspects of your application into account for admissions decisions. Please note that you must obtain a “C” or better in each prerequisite course.  See #7 for repeated course calculations.
  7. How are repeated courses factored into the GPA calculation?
    The new grade replaces the previous grade for up to two courses.  For all additional courses, the average of the grades from all attempts will be used.
  8. What is the minimum PCAT required for this program? 
    There is no required minimum score that applicants must obtain in order to be admitted into the School of Pharmacy. However, scores above the 65th percentile rank are viewed favorably and scores below the 35th percentile rank are viewed negatively. The PCAT is NOT required for the 2020 – 2021 admissions cycle.
  9. When should I take the PCAT?
    If you choose to take the PCAT, it may be taken at any time up until the April test date in the year that you are seeking admission. Some exceptions may be made in years where additional PCAT testing dates are available prior to July of the application year.   
  10. What are the prerequisites for the School of Pharmacy? 
    Visit the Admissions Requirements section of this site to see the prerequisite course list. 
  11. Is a lab component required for each science prerequisite course? 
    Yes, all science course prerequisites (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) must include a laboratory component. Advanced Placement science courses, which do not generally have a lab component, are accepted for first semester science courses (e.g. Chemistry I).  However, the next level course must include a lab (e.g. Chemistry II). See #13 for more information on advanced placement courses.  
  12. When do I have to complete my prerequisite courses?
    All prerequisite courses should typically be completed by the end of the Spring semester of the year that you are seeking admission. In certain cases we will accept Summer I sessions, provided that they conclude early enough for us to receive the grade prior to the beginning of the Pharmacy program in July.  Please speak with an admissions counselor regarding your specific situation if you need to take Summer courses. Admissions staff may be reached at 410-621-2292 or
  13. Will Advanced Placement credits satisfy any of the prerequisites?  
    Advanced Placement (AP) credits are accepted in lieu of prerequisite coursework with a test score of 4 or higher for science courses.  AP Scores of 3 or better are accepted for social science, humanities courses, and math courses.  An Advanced Placement Score Report must be provided or it must appear on your college transcript to receive AP credit. International baccalaureate (IB) and CLEP credits will also be accepted. 
  14. Are courses waived or substituted under any circumstances? 
    The Admissions Committee does not waive course requirements. Requests for course substitutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For example, a higher-level, biomedically-relevant science course might be accepted for a lower level or introductory course. 
  15. Are transfer credits accepted? 
    Due to the unique modular system, the School of Pharmacy at UMES will not be able to accept transfer credits for courses from another professional program, or grant admission with advance standing. All students, regardless of any prior pharmacy school training must start as first year students. Additional application requirements apply to students previously enrolled in a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.   After clicking the Prospective Students link to the left of this page, click on Admissions, then Transfer credits for more information.
  16. Do you accept Foreign Credits? 
    Foreign course credits that have been evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) are accepted.  Please note that the admissions committee reserves the right to request additional information (e.g. course syllabus) from an applicant before making a final decision to accept a course. 
  17. Is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required? 
    No, TOEFL is not required.
  18. How will I be notified when my PharmCAS application has been received at the School? 
    When your PharmCAS application has been received, you will receive an e-mail from us stating that your application is under review.  Once the application is reviewed, you will be notified by e-mail of any missing courses or other requirements.  
  19. Will an interview be required? 
    Yes. An interview will be required. Eligible applicants will be contacted by email inviting them to interview. All invited candidates must appear in person to be considered for admission. 
  20. How many students will be accepted into the program each year?
    The UMES School of Pharmacy will accept 45 – 60 students into the program each year. 
  21. How long is the program?
    The Doctor of Pharmacy degree at UMES is offered as a 3 year concentrated program.  It is the only one of its kind in the state of Maryland. The first two years of the curriculum include professional courses intended to provide both didactic and introductory pharmacy practice experiences. The third year consists of clinical rotations (advanced pharmacy practice experiences). The program is year around, but there are short breaks between semesters.
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