Licensure and Degree Requirement

Applicants to the master’s program must meet both of the following requirements:

Be licensed as a pharmacist in the U.S.

Hold a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) or the equivalent

Everything detailed below must be completed prior to the deadline for your application to be considered.

Interested applicants will need to apply to the University of North Carolina Graduate School for their didactic component. The applicant will also need to complete separate applications for each residency program to which they wish to apply – UNC Hospitals, Duke University Health System, Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Mission Health in Asheville or Moses Cone in Greensboro. Applicants need only to apply to their residency programs of interest.

Individual interview days will be scheduled at times convenient for applicants and institutions. Each applicant and program will communicate to identify the ideal time to conduct the interview. Our hope is to have all of the interviews for an applicant in one consecutive period.

Each program will participate in the match, but each one has a different match number. If you have not done so already, please make sure to register for the National Matching Service offered through ASHP. Currently there are four positions available at UNC, one at Duke, two at Wake Forest, one at Mission Health and one at Moses Cone for a total of nine per cohort.

Deadline for all materials: Apply no later than January 1.

Graduate School Application

  1. Complete a Graduate School application for admission (see link below)
    1. Create an online account
    2. Fill out the application information as follows:
      1. Level of Study: Graduate
      2. Type of Applicant: New degree-seeking applicant
      3. Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences
      4. Degree: Master of Science
      5. Area of Interest or Specialization: Practice Advancement and Clinical Education
      6. Select the term of entry
    1. Fill out the applicant information
    2. Fill out educational background
    3. Upload your unofficial transcripts—undergraduate and graduate
    4. Upload a statement of purpose
    5. GREs are waived for applicants with a Pharm.D. degree and a GPA greater than 3.0*
    6. Upload a copy of your CV/resume
  2. Submit the application and pay the non-refundable $85 application fee
  3. Provide three letters of recommendation (may be identical to those provided for the residency program application) using the recommendations link on the online application under “Important Links”
  4. Have your graduate and undergraduate school submit an official academic transcript for each school attended. The graduate school will request official transcripts after acceptance into the program only.
* Please Note: The GRE waiver applies to applicants possessing a Pharm.D. with a GPA greater than 3.0. Qualified applicants may submit an online application without entering this standardized test score. Although your application status may show “incomplete,” this status will not be held against you at the time of review, and the waiver will be honored if you are offered admission to our M.S. program.