As a graduate student at the University of Florida, you are now part of one of the most comprehensive University systems in the country. We encourage you to bookmark this site, as this page provides information and links to many important resources that you’ll use throughout your graduate study. You can also download the full student handbook here.
Resources and Services
Enrolled students may request a Gator 1 Identification Card online and have it mailed to them. The Gator 1 serves as the official student ID card. While on campus, you can use your card to access university libraries, to enter student recreation centers, to purchase tickets to university events, and to ride Gainesville-area buses for free.
More Gator One information.
The University of Florida’s library system hosts one of the most comprehensive collections in the country. The Health Science Center Libraries, which serve the six Health Sciences Colleges, include extensive online offerings, allowing access from anywhere. Students are encouraged to visit the Library’s Webpage and familiarize themselves with the services offered. If reference services are needed, students may contact Rae Jesano, MSLS, AHIP.
UF ID Numbers
The University of Florida uses an 8-digit unique identifier system, called the UF ID, as a unique identification number for UF students, staff, faculty. When you applied to the University, you created this ID number, and it will not change. If you have forgotten your UF ID, you can call the UF Computing Helpdesk at 352-392-HELP (4357) for assistance.
Gatorlink and UFL Email
Upon acceptance to the program, students create a Gatorlink ID, which becomes the major identifier used to access UF email, the e-Learning site, the course registration site, and other UF systems. The Gatorlink ID makes up the first part of the UFL email address (the part before @ufl.edu). All official UF and program communication will be sent to the student’s UF email account, and UF College of Pharmacy policy prohibits the forwarding of this account to non UF addresses. Thus, we expect that students will check their UF email accounts regularly.
You will sometimes receive email announcements directly from the UF Graduate School and other administrative offices besides our program office. Please pay close attention to these announcements, as they often provide important information about upcoming academic deadlines. If you have any questions about any of these announcements, please do not hesitate to contact us at DESS@ahc.ufl.edu.
You will be able to set up your UFL Email account about 2 weeks after you have been admitted to the program. At this time, use the following instructions to set up your UFL Email.
- Use the Student Email Setup to setup and access your GatorCloud email inbox.
- Once you have set up your GatorCloud email inbox make sure your UF Business Email is set up to send to your @ufl.edu email. Use these instructions to do this.
- If you have any questions or trouble, please contact us at DESS@ahc.ufl.edu.
Curriculum & Courses
Because the program is designed for working professionals, the curriculum is structured such that students take one course at a time, and can take half-semesters or full semesters off if needed. The first half of each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) is called the “A” session, while the second half is called the “B” session. Each course is a half-semester (6 to 8 weeks) in length, so students can complete two of these courses per semester. In addition, 1-credit seminars are offered during the break between the A and B sessions in the fall (online) and spring (on campus). Taken in total, students can complete a maximum of 7 credits per semester. However, to allow maximum flexibility for our students, the 31 to 32-credit* M.S. Degree can be completed is as little as 5 semesters, or take as long as 7 years to complete.
Students in the Online Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy program will NOT use the University’s ONE.UF (Student Information System) system to register for classes. They will instead request registrations for courses using a Web-based system. The program will verify eligibility, and then process the request officially into ONE.UF. Information on how to access the registration site is sent to each student via their Gatorlink account (UFL email address) each semester.
Tuition & Fee Payments
Tuition and fees are due on a rolling basis, with separate deadlines for each A and B session, and for seminars. Registered students receive information via email (to UF email addresses only) from the UF Bursar’s Office and program administration regarding deadlines.
Students who do not pay tuition by the deadline will receive a Late Payment Fee of $100. This is a University fee and it cannot be waived.
Note: Students receiving financial aid benefits will have the full semester’s tuition and associated fees automatically deducted. Please contact the Financial Aid Coordinator for questions related to aid benefits.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students in the program are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in all program coursework. Students failing to maintain this GPA may be placed on academic probation or dismissed from the program.
Grades lower than “C” will not be counted toward the student’s master’s degree, but will be included in the GPA calculation.
Students who have questions about courses, scheduling, elective options, etc., can request an appointment to discuss these topics with Assistant Director, Heather Steingraber.
Graduate School policies
In accordance with University of Florida and College of Pharmacy policies, program students are also Graduate School students, and therefore must abide by all UF Graduate School policies.
Academic Integrity Standards
The Online M.S. Pharmacy Program, College of Pharmacy & the University of Florida believe academic honesty is a fundamental principle and that the process of learning and pursuit of knowledge is diminished by cheating, plagiarism and other acts of dishonesty.
Accordingly, students, faculty and administrators are responsible for maintaining the highest level of academic integrity at all times.
Plagiarism and other acts of academic dishonesty include:
- STEALING (the work of others and passing off as your own)
- MISQUOTING (changing or misrepresenting another’s words to make your own argument stronger)
- INSUFFICIENT PARAPHRASING (changing another’s words without quoting the actual text)
- DUPLICATING PUBLICATION (using the same work for credit in more than one course)
The consequences of academic dishonesty and plagiarism can include:
- Written reprimand
- Reduced or failing grade
- Suspension from the program / University
- Expulsion from the program / University
To help students maintain academic honesty throughout the program, we offer the following resources:
- George A. Smathers Marston Science Library “Avoiding Plagiarism Guide”
- Free online Plagiarism Checker
- Online Master’s Program LibGuide
- Access to our personal, program librarian: please see Library resources for contact information
Students interested in applying for financial aid, should contact the College of Pharmacy’s Financial Aid Coordinator.
Transition from Graduate Certificate to M.S.
Students who enroll initially in a graduate certificate program may decide later to pursue a M.S. These students are required to apply and be accepted to the M.S. program. Application information is available here.
Students are advised that the minimum admission requirement for the M.S. has a higher GPA than the graduate certificate program. Thus, some students in the graduate certificate program may not be eligible for admission into the M.S. program. Completing certificate coursework does, however, strengthen a student’s graduate application.
University policy only allows up to 15 credit hours earned in the graduate certificate program to be counted towards the M.S. degree. Further, only credits with a B or higher (not B-) are eligible to be transferred to the M.S. degree. As such, students are advised to apply for admission to the M.S. program before exceeding 15 credit hours if they wish to pursue a M.S.
All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within 7 years before the degree is awarded (see VII.E Timeline for Degree Completion). Therefore, students transitioning from the graduate certificate to M.S. program must complete the M.S. coursework within 7 years of taking their first certificate course.
Partners & Member Benefits
To inquire about partners & fellowships contact program director, Laura Happe.