Frequently Asked Questions
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?
This is a 30-credit, non-thesis degree that costs $22,500 for the degree plus incidental fees, textbooks. Tuition for the 30-credit MS degree totals $22,500. University-assessed fees total an additional roughly $1,000 – $1,500. The cost of textbooks/supplies and travel to Gainesville for the required seminar and final exam is variable.
How often do I have to be on campus?
Students in the MS program (regardless of track) must visit campus for two purposes. Once for an on-campus weekend seminar (held during a Spring term) and again for their comprehensive final exam in their last semester of study. Most students choose to complete these two requirements in separate visits but some students complete both in a single trip to Gainesville if they are graduating in the Spring. Students should work with their advisors early-on during their studies to schedule their campus visits.Students interested in our UF & Stetson University MBA program will need to plan for an additional trip to complete their comprehensive exam for Stetson on the Stetson campus in their final semester with the MBA program.
Students in the certificate program (any specialty) 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 nondegree 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 PharmD 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 MS in Pharmacy program.
What degrees and credentials will I earn if I complete the MS 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.
Is there an on-campus component of the program?
Yes. Students are required to visit campus in Gainesville, Florida to attend a live weekend seminar, and also to take their comprehensive final exam. The seminar and exam are scheduled so that students can complete both requirements during a single, three-day visit (Friday through Sunday). However, most choose to visit twice, attending a seminar during their first spring semester (Saturday and Sunday), and completing their final exam during their last semester.