University of Maryland Eastern Shore
School of Pharmacy

The UMES School of Pharmacy participates in the Early Decision Program (EDP). PCATs must be taken by July 2015 to be considered for EDP. The EDP deadline is September 8, 2015.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Dr. Miriam Purnell 
      • Assistant Dean for Student Affairs 
      • Office of Student Affairs 
      • University of Maryland Eastern Shore 
      • School of Pharmacy 
      • Somerset Hall, Room 116 
      • Princess Anne 
      • Maryland 
      • 21853 
      • Phone (Work): 410-621-2292 
      • Phone (Fax): 410-651-8394 
      • Email: 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  February 1, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-3 (two years prepharmacy required; accelerated)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: Saturday October 10, 2015 
      • Details: Please visit our website for further details and Open House registration information. 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Accelerated progression (year-round classes)
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) School of Pharmacy has the only three year concentrated Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program in the state of Maryland. The School of Pharmacy is a part of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, which also includes Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Rehabilitation Services programs. The School of Pharmacy at UMES was founded in 2008 and admitted its inaugural class in the fall of 2010.  The Pharm.D. program seeks to provide students with a strong foundation in the pharmaceutical, social/administrative and clinical sciences. In order to do so, emphasis is placed on high quality patient-centered care and medication therapy management (MTM), the development of skills for lifelong learning and opportunities for multi-cultural development. In addition, the faculty, through their teaching, mentoring and scholarship, work to maximize student potential and to contribute to the advancement of the profession by preparing highly trained, articulate, and caring pharmacists. To help foster an enriching educational experience to each individual student, the School of Pharmacy offers small class sizes, with a student-faculty ratio of approximately 6:1. For these students, the School of Pharmacy is dedicated to ensuring an intellectually challenging and enriching educational experience.  

    UMES was founded in 1886 and is the state of Maryland’s historically black land-grant institution.  The university is a member of the University System of Maryland, which consists of 12 institutions.  UMES provides students of all races with access to a holistic learning environment that fosters multicultural diversity, academic success, and intellectual and social growth.  UMES is a student-centered, doctoral research degree-granting university known for its nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate programs, applied research, and highly valued graduates.  UMES is approved by the state of Maryland and is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 130-140
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 100-125
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 60
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 15-25
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 45-55%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 45-55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.30-3.35
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 140-150
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 60-75%
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 25-40%
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2016 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75 both for Science/Math and overall GPA
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: > 65 is favorable, <35 is unfavorable
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 18-43
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 7:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 66
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 104
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 66  104 
      General Chemistry (w/Lab, for science majors)  12 
      Organic Chemistry (w/Lab, for science majors)  12 
      Arts & Humanities/Social & Behavioral Sciences*   12  20 
      Public Speaking/Speech/Interpersonal Communications 
      General Biology (w/Lab, for science majors) 
      Anatomy/Physiology (w/Lab)  12 
      Microbiology (w/Lab) 
      Physics (w/Lab)[May be algebra or calculus based]  
      English Composition and/or Literature  10 
    • Additional Information: 

      * Recommended courses are psychology, sociology, anthropolgy, philosophy, history, literature, art, music, theater, drama, business, education or foreign languages.

      ** A math based rather than a social science or humanities based course (e.g. Business statistics) is required to fulfill this course requirement.

      Biochemistry coursework is strongly recommended

      Prerequisite coursework must be completed at an accredited college or university in the United States.  Foreign credits are not accepted.  Credit by examination (AP, CLEP) may be granted for social science and humanities courses, but is not granted for science and math courses.  Online courses are not accepted for science courses.  

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: 02/01/2016 Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $40
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        The Supplemental Application is available for electronic submission through our Website:

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: 01/2011
      • Details: 

        The January 2016 test date will be the last date considered for fall 2015 applicants. However, applicants are encouraged to test earlier because we have rolling admissions. Additionally, students applying for early decision should take the PCAT no later than July 2015 to be considered for early decision.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: All applicants must complete the Maryland Residency Form included in the Supplemental Application.
    • Is preference given to state residents? Yes
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? Yes
      • Details: Delaware, District of Columbia, and Virginia

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Do not send any foreign transcript documentation. School only considers U.S. credentials. If you have completed your course prerequisites at a foreign institution, you may be ineligible for admission to these particular pharmacy programs.
    • Details: 

      Foreign credits are not accepted.  All pre-requisite courses must be completed at an accredited college or University in the United States or Canada.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Committee Letter may be substituted for the Professor (Sci) Letter, if the school policy prevents science faculty from writing individual letters of recommendation.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • September 2015-May 2016 
    • Details: 

      The Admissions Committee will contact applicants by e-mail, if selected for an on-site interview.  The interview session is a half-day process lasting from 12:30 pm-4:30 pm.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Decision letters are e-mailed and mailed following the applicant interview on a continual basis, usually within 2 weeks of the interview. A criminal background check is required if offered admission.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Within two weeks of receiving the offer via e-mail.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $750.00
      • Due: Within 2 weeks of offer
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: The deposit is non-refundable. However, for students who matriculate into the program, the funds will be credited to their student account.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 07/12/2016-07/15/2016 
      • Details: These dates are tentative.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 07/18/2016
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Requests will be considered on an case by case basis by the Admissions Committee and the Dean.