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How to Apply to the MS Program

Application Process Overview

The MS in pharmaceutical sciences with a specialization in health-system pharmacy administration and the two-year health-system pharmacy administration residency are offered in collaboration with University of North Carolina Hospitals, Duke University Health System, Wake Forest Baptist Health, and Mission Hospitals. Those completing the program receive their master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but the residency component is divided across multiple medical centers.

Applicants 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, Duke, Wake Forest, or Mission. Applicants need only to apply to their residency programs of interest.

Interviews will be scheduled at times convenient for applicants and institutions with the goal of having all interviews for an applicant in one consecutive period with the programs providing transportation if needed.

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 the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Currently there are four positions available at UNC, one at Duke, one at Wake Forest, and one at Mission for a total of seven per cohort.

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

UNC Graduate School Admission Requirements

1. Complete a Graduate School application for admission.Review the Graduate School information.

    • Under new application, choose Graduate Degree Seeking and Certificate Programs.
    • Select the radio buttons I Want to Be a New Graduate Student and Degree.
    • Under major, choose Pharmaceutical Sciences and, under degree, choose Master of Science Pharmaceutical Sciences.
    • Select the term of entry and under area of interest, choose Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education

2. Submit the nonrefundable $85 application fee.
3. Submit a statement of purpose.
4. Provide three letters of recommendation. These can be identical to those provided for the residency program application.
5. Provide academic transcripts for each school attended: one to the UNC Graduate School and one with the supplemental residency program application.

6. GRE test scores will be waived if the applicant receives a doctor of pharmacy. If not receiving this degree, current GRE scores (no more than five years old) are required.
Statement of purpose (see below)

Note: The Graduate School communicates with applicants by e-mail exclusively and, therefore, applicants are required to have a working e-mail address.

Statement of Purpose

To assist in the evaluation of your application, please provide a concise personal statement including the following information:

  • Why do you wish to pursue graduate study in pharmaceutical sciences?
  • Why do you wish to engage in graduate study in this institution?
  • What do you offer that will enrich our graduate program? Please include factors such as:
    • Work, teaching, or other life experiences
    • Meaningful events that have influenced your life and career choices
    • Communication abilities
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Are you a leader, follower, or team player?
    • History of overcoming challenges or disadvantages
    • Cultural diversity (this may include ethnic background, race, and other attributes that define your cultural background)
  • If possible, please identify the specific research areas in which you plan to focus your graduate studies. Is there a particular faculty member with whom you would like to work?

Two-Year Residency Program Application

  1. Submit a supplemental application that includes both background information and thought questions.
  2. Review the residency websites at the following institutions for the supplemental application:

University of North Carolina Hospitals

Duke University Health System

Wake Forest Baptist Health

Mission Hospitals

Licensure Requirements

Students must be licensed or in the process of being licensed as pharmacists in North Carolina when they start the program (July 1).

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