Frequently Asked Questions

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How many students have completed the program?

About 200 students have completed the program since its inception in 2006.

How many students are currently enrolled in the program?

About 125 students are currently enrolled in the program.

When can I start the program?

Students generally start the program in fall (August) or spring (January) semester. For students with extensive experience in pharmacy or health care administration, special arrangements may be made to allow them to begin the program in the summer.

How much does it cost?

Tuition for the M.S. degree totals $24,000. University-assessed fees of approximately $1,000 – $1,500 also apply. The cost of textbooks and course supplies totals approximately $1,000. Cost of travel to Gainesville for the on-campus seminar is variable.

Tuition for the graduate certificate (any specialty) totals $11,250. University-assessed fees of approximately $500 – $750 also apply. The cost of textbooks and course supplies totals approximately $500. There is no travel/on-campus requirement for the certificate program

More on tuition costs and financial aid options

How often do I have to be on campus?

Students in the M.S. program (regardless of track) must visit campus once during their course of study, to attend an on-campus seminar in the spring. Students in the certificate program (any specialty), and non-degree seeking students are not required to visit campus.

Do I have to go straight through, or can I take a break and spread out my studies over more than 2 years?

Most students complete their studies in 2-3 years, but the program does allow up to 7 years total. We understand the demands of work and family, and students may take half-semester or full semesters off when they choose. Please note that coursework taken as a non-degree or certificate student is also part of the seven year time-frame. If the degree is not completed within seven years the coursework taken prior will expire.

What kind of jobs do program alums get after graduation?

The answer depends on the specialty track, as well as on the individual student’s educational and professional background. Broadly speaking, we have alums in pharma manufacturing and distribution, health systems, federal and state government, PBMs, non-profit associations, retail and hospital pharmacies, contract research organizations (CROs)…pretty much all over the board.

Visit the Careers page for more information about career paths and the types of professionals who benefit most from this program.

Do the diploma or transcript show that I completed the classes online?

No. The degree earned is the same as on-campus students earn, and neither the diploma, nor the transcript say that the program was completed online.

Is the program accredited?

The program is fully accredited because it is a graduate program offered through the University of Florida. As such, the program must meet the same set of standards as all other graduate programs at UF, whether online or on campus. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.The College of Pharmacy’s Pharm.D. program is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), which is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE accreditation standards apply only to professional programs that train students to become pharmacists; it does not offer any accreditation standards for graduate pharmacy programs like the online M.S. in Pharmacy program.

What degrees and credentials will I earn if I complete the M.S. program?

The degree is a Master of Science in Pharmacy, Major in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Concentration in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. Provided that you complete all required courses in your chosen focus area, you will also earn a graduate certificate in that area. Your official UF transcript will show both of these credentials.

What is the average class size?

Class size varies a great deal in the program. The initial class that most students take, called POP Foundations, will likely be the largest class that you will take, since virtually all starting students begin there. There can be as many as 50 or 60 students in that virtual classroom. After completion of Foundations, class sizes are much smaller, since students are branching out and completing classes in whichever order they’d like. Some classes have enrollments as small as 8 or 10 students.