Admission Requirements

Students wishing to enroll in the M.S. or Ph.D. programs in the Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy (PEP) track must fulfill the following requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university or a Pharm.D. degree. Preference is given to applicants who hold either a B.S. in pharmacy or a Pharm.D. and who are licensed to practice pharmacy in the United States or one of its territories. U.S. licensed practitioners of medicine, nursing, public health, or other allied health professions also receive preference as do persons with Master’s degrees.

• Exceptional applicants with academic training in related fields such as psychology, law, biology, economics, finance, political science, or marketing would be considered and are encouraged to apply.

• To be competitive for admission, applicants should have a 3.0 GPA equivalent or higher and GRE score of 155 or higher in verbal and quantitative reasoning with 4.0 or higher in analytical writing.

• Foreign applicants should obtain scores of at least 100 on the Internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

• Applicants with a M.S. degree, or have one or more years of professional post graduate work experience in a field related to PEP, or previous research experience that has resulted in conference presentations, or published manuscripts are a plus.

• These factors in addition to an evaluation of the statement of purpose, at least three recommendation forms / letters of recommendation, and a student interview will be used to rank applicants.

Application Deadlines

All application material should be received by January 15th of each calendar year. Students are admitted to begin course work only with the fall semester.  Top tier candidates will be invited to a phone or on-site interview shortly after January 15th.  Initial admission recommendation decisions are generally made by February 15th, and applicants are notified shortly thereafter.  For early consideration, completed applications should be received before December 15th of the previous calendar year. Only exceptional applicants will be evaluated prior to the routine deadline of January 15th. Applicants that would be competitive for national scholarships and awards are strongly encouraged to apply for early admissions.

Application Process

1. The application process is begun by completion of the online Application Form with “(PEP) Pharmaceutical Sciences” designated as the degree program.  Please follow the links below to complete the online application process located on the Graduate School website.


In addition, the following required materials listed below should be provided to the Graduate School.

2. Official Transcripts (Academic Records) for ALL undergraduate and any graduate institutions of higher education attended – copies are not acceptable.  These must be mailed directly to the Graduate School in sealed envelopes directly from the institution:

UAMS Graduate School
4301 W. Markham Slot 601
Little Rock, AR 72205

3. Official GRE score(s) – copies are not acceptable. For more information on the GRE, go to The UAMS institutional code is: 6901.  GRE scores must be sent directly by ETS.

The following materials may be sent by mail or email (

4. Three recommendation forms (Reference Request Form) and three optional letters of recommendation: The standard recommendation form should be completed by persons whom can evaluate your scholarly potential, professional relationships and work habits, and aptitude for study in this area. The persons completing the form are welcome to include an optional letter of recommendation.  The completed forms and optional letters should be sent directly by email to: by the persons completing the forms. Be sure that the writer clearly identifies your name and any other identifying information in the letter so that the letter can be correctly placed in your application file and that the form and any recommendation letter is placed in a sealed envelope with the signature across the seal if mailed.

5. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

6. Statement of Purpose which must clearly and concisely articulate the candidate’s experiences, rationale and motivation, and career goals for studying Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy. If you are self funding your tuition and living expenses, please indicate that clearly in the statement of purpose. All applicants will automatically be considered for funding.  However, we can accept qualified applicants that are able to self finance all their educational expenses to study in the PEP program that meet our minimum standards but do not qualify for funding.

7. Optional: Copies or reprints of any relevant published abstracts, manuscripts, or other scholarly works.

International Applicants

International applicants must also submit the following:
8. TOEFL scores. The UAMS institutional code is 6901.

9. Summary of Experience Form

An on-site personal student interview is also strongly encouraged, but not required. UAMS may be able to provide hotel accommodations for students traveling from outside the central Arkansas area to attend an interview. Please contact Dr. Bradley Martin ( to arrange an interview with PEP faculty. For the top tier students being considered for admissions, PEP faculty will arrange a video conference interview by contacting applicants by phone or email. Applicants who do not furnish ALL the required elements of an application cannot be evaluated.

Financial Aid

The PEP division provides Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) to students admitted to Ph.D. program depending on the experience of the candidate and availability of funds. Students are compensated up to $30,000 / year and tuition waivers are typically provided to students offered funding. ALL students applying for admission to the doctoral program will automatically be considered for funding.

Funding is not provided to those applying for an M.S. as a terminal degree. Only applicants that have foreign stipend, are self-funded, are employed by the military, or have any other source of external funding are considered for admission to the M.S. program. Applicants to the M.S. program must provide valid proof of funding covering tuition and living expenses for the entire duration of the program before being admitted.

For more information regarding Financial Aid please visit the Student Funding section located in the PEP Graduate Students page.

Advanced Standing in Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy (Form)

Applicants may petition the PEP Graduate Program Committee (GPC) to allow transfer credit of up to 6 credit hours for M.S. degrees and up to 9 credit hours for Ph.D. degrees of previously completed graduate coursework to be applied toward PEP graduate degrees. Transfer credit approved by the PEP GPC may be used to meet the course requirements of the PEP program as well as satisfy the minimum graduate credit hours necessary to earn a PEP M.S. or Ph.D. Students without Advanced Standing may request required courses waived from their program of study based on previously completed graduate course work but transfer credit hours will not be applied to their program of study without Advanced Standing.