Please note that this page contains frequently asked questions with respect to all our programs. Please scroll down to read information on your specific question.
What kind of grades and test scores will I need to attain admission to the graduate programs in Pharmacy Administration?
Grades/test scores are not the only criterion for admission; applicants are evaluated based on GPA (3.0 or above preferred), some work experience, and an aptitude for higher education.
You should take the GRE exam. You are recommended to take the GRE exam at least 2 months before the application deadline of February 1, so that your scores arrive on time. The computerized GRE Exam now can be taken almost daily at exam sites all across the US. To find a site near you, please visit the GRE website. We expect a minimum score of 1,000 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE exam for you to apply. Please note, that this is a minimum requirement and admission and/or aid will depend on the number of applications we receive and the quality of these applicants. We recommend that you study for these exams before taking one.
If you are an international student, you need to also take the TOEFL exam. International applicants must submit official TOEFL test scores and meet the minimum University requirements (minimum 550 paper-based, minimum 213 computer-based, and minimum 79 Internet-based). Students are exempt from the TOEFL if they have completed their degree from Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, The British Isles, English-speaking Canadian provinces, the Fiji Islands, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Trinidad, the United States, the Virgin Islands, the West Indies or Zimbabwe. Individuals lacking fluency in speaking English will be requested to take English language courses.
What code do I use when I submit the scores to the University?
When completing test applications use campus code 6870 to have scores sent to the University of Houston Main Campus. You should leave the college or department code blank.
Who do you suggest I use for my recommendation letters?
It depends on your situation. It's a good idea for recent graduates to use professors from courses they have taken as well as work supervisors. If you have been working several years, it is best to use work supervisors and/or professional leaders. When requesting a letter of recommendation, please provide a copy of your latest CV or resume to the individual that will write the recommendation letter. You may also request them to provide information in the format provided below:
- Address the letter to the Director of Graduate Studies.
- Describe qualification on the person providing the recommendation.
- Describe in what capacity does the recommender knows the student.
- Provide details how the student is capable of being involved in the specific program they are applying.
- Provide details on students past performance and interaction by rating the student in the respective class or course taken.
- End it with the positive skills the student possesses and provide negative deficiency that we need to overcome for the student to be a successful graduate student.
What is the advantage of enrolling in the M.S. program in Pharmacy Administration rather than a MBA or M.P.H. program?
This program is specifically designed for health professionals who want to combine their clinical expertise with an education in business and health policy to advance their careers as administrators and professional leaders. The curriculum is very flexible to cater to individual needs and provides for courses in business administration, health care administration as well as courses specifically directed toward pharmacy administration and health services research. In addition, it allows students to pursue a higher degree such as a Ph.D. and conduct research.
What is the cost for a program?
The cost of the program is based on the number of semester credits for which you are enrolled.
Tuition and fees are subject to change by the state Legislature and/or university action.
For example for Fall 2011, 9 credits of graduate tuition for Texas residents was $3,365.10. With all student fees added, the total charge for residents taking 9 credits was $4,364.99. For nonresidents, including international students, the tuition cost would be $6,175.80 and the total charges with fees would be $7,165.89.
This information along with detailed breakdown of fees is provided at the following university financial website.
Does the program provide financial support for students?
Financial support is based on availability. It is provided to students in the form of scholarships, teaching or research assistantships, or fellowships. Based on availability, the Department may offer teaching or research assistantships to qualified students. You do not need a separate application to apply for these department teaching or research assistantship. All applicants are considered for these based on availability. Fellowships and scholarships are offered, when funds are available from external sources. Usually, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy provides various scholarships for US residents. In addition, some of the institutions in the Texas Medical Center provide tuition support and release time to employees enrolled in this program.
What will be my opportunities for advancement once I complete the program?
Many of the graduates of our past M.S. program have gone on to assume major leadership positions in institutional pharmacy. Some are directors of pharmacy for large hospitals and some are pharmacy directors for managed care organizations. This revised program is changed to provide an educational program more aligned with the current needs of pharmacy administrators. There is more focus on pharmacist's role in management of drug use and the development and supervision of clinical activities.
Additionally, the M.S. program offers more flexibility than the previous program. Students may opt to pursue an elective track that prepares them for the pharmaceutical industry, whether it is in marketing, management, or outcomes research. Students that graduate from the M.S. program typically follow the following two career paths, higher education (enroll in a Ph.D. program) or seek a job in the health (specifically pharmaceutical) industry.
Students that complete a Ph.D. program have a choice of either selecting a path towards academia or the industry. The demand for both these paths has been high and will remain so due to the shortage in supply.
How does this program differ from other program offered by Colleges of Pharmacy in Texas?
There are only two such programs offered in Texas, one by the University of Houston (UH) and the other by the University of Texas (UT). Our program is not an executive program like the U.T. Option 2 program. It is not offered only through set blocks of time scheduled on specific weekends. Our program can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. Most courses are offered during the evening. It incorporates a cross section of courses from regular MBA, MPH, and MHCA programs. For Texas Medical Center employees, it is convenient because the courses are in Houston and many are in TMC facilities.
If you have questions regarding how to apply for this program or wish to check your application status, please contact the graduate program coordinator Christen Gould at 832-842-8327 or send an email to email@example.com.
Please note: Application deadline for all students is now February 1. All application materials must be received by February 1.