The CAP graduate programs will provide the academic, research, and administrative resources necessary to meet these competencies:

  • Develop research questions to address health care problems
  • Design and conduct patient-oriented and/or laboratory-based research and interpret the results
  • Communicate effectively with the health care, research, and lay communities
  • Apply ethical principles and comply with legal and regulatory requirements in the conduct of professional activities
  • Implement a strategy for life-long personal and professional development
  • Demonstrate professional values and behaviors

Masters of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees offered:

  1. Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics (CET) provides training in therapeutics-related research that directly connects the basic science laboratory with the clinical practice setting. Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics involves the investigation of disease processes, drug development, and the efficacy and toxicity of therapeutic regimens.
  2. Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy (PHSOP) is an interdisciplinary program that prepares researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including economics, administration, finance, marketing, epidemiology and psychology, as required by today’s complex and continually changing health care system.
Who Should Apply?

Applicants who hold a undergraduate degree
At a minimum, you should have a Bachelor’s (B.S.) degree in pharmacy or a biological, biochemical or physical science. Admission selection is competitive, and decisions are made by the CET or PHSOP graduate faculty. A strong emphasis is placed on your professional experience, as well as your past academic success.

CET PhD Applicants who hold a professional or graduate degree
Professionals who already hold a Pharm.D. or Master’s degree in a biological science are strongly encouraged to apply. The CET program offers expedited training. After evaluating the academic record of the applicant, the graduate coordinator and CET graduate faculty may modify course requirements, potentially reducing the amount of time required to complete the CET program.

How to Apply

Please read the following Graduate School and Department application information carefully. Failure to complete the instructions below could delay application processing. For full consideration, all required materials need to be submitted no later than December 31, 2021. At this time, applications are only accepted for admission to Fall Semester.

STEP ONE: Graduate School Application Process

  • Complete the online Graduate School Application and required documents/fees. The Graduate School Application form should be completed in entirety.
  • Applicants should submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Unofficial transcripts not submitted as part of the online application can be emailed to gradadm@uga.eduNOTE: Official transcripts are ONLY required for applicants offered admission.
  • Submit CV (Resume)
  • Submit Statement of Purpose (SOP)-Details below
  • Request Letters of Recommendation-Details below
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores that are not more than two years old. Applicants who have received degrees from accredited institutions in the U.S. or from institutions in countries where English is the primary language (e.g., the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand) usually are not required to submit the TOEFL (or IELTS) scores. If such an applicant received the degree more than two years prior to application to the Graduate School and has been residing/working in a country where the primary language is not English, he or she must submit current scores.

UGA Graduate School Mailing Address:

Brooks Hall
310 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602

STEP TWO: CAP – Department Requirements for CET & PHSOP

  • Statement of Purpose (SOP) – Applicants should indicate why they are interested in the specific option for graduate study
  • Vita/Resume (CV)
  • Writing Sample*see below for guidelines
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (LOR) – letters should be from individuals associated with the applicant in academic or work-related setting and comment on the applicant’s likelihood of success in graduate school.

SOP, CV, Writing Sample, and LORs can now be submitted when applying through the Graduate School Website.


  • You should specify on your application whether you are applying to Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics (CET) or Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes and Policy in the Department of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy.
  • Letters of Recommendation: List the names of recommenders in the fields on page three of the graduate school online application along with their e-mail addresses. They will receive a link to access a secure page where they can submit your recommendation quickly and easily via the Web.


If you are using your recommenders institutional address and they do not see the LOR request in either their inbox or junk (spam) mailbox, then you might want to request another email address from them, and change it in the application, submitting the request again. 

* Writing Sample Guidelines
Writing samples play an important role in helping the admission committee evaluate an applicant’s research, writing, analytical and problem-solving skills. As part of the application process, please compose a 2 to 4 page essay on the topic of: “The role of government in the funding of clinical trials for the development of new therapeutics (drugs)”.

The admission committee will evaluate the writing sample based on the following criteria:
1. Thesis Development and Critical Thinking: Include (a) thesis, (b) argument, (c) research and (d) analysis.
2. Organization: Assists with the development of the argument and includes fluid transitions to achieve coherence between paragraphs.
3. Paragraph Development: Provides overall stability of the writing sample and includes the use of transitions and language within each paragraph.
4. Mechanics: Clarify through spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization.
5. Style: The applicant should compose the writing sample in AMA style. The writing sample should exhibit the style guidelines in the areas of: (a) in-text citations; (b) reference list; (c) title; (d) headings; (e) sub-headings; (f) numbers; (g) serial content; (h) quotes; (i) punctuation; etc.


Admission Requirements

Admission is typically for Fall Semester only (this includes students interested in transferring from other doctoral programs). Applicants are admitted to the graduate program based on multiple criteria, including GPA, research experience, letters of reference, language requirements for international students, availability of funding, and area of interest.

The University of Georgia Graduate School requires all international applicants whose native language is not English to submit TOEFL scores (subject to a two-year limitation).

The UGA Graduate School sets a minimal GPA threshold of 3.0 for admission to Ph.D. programs. Students entering our program typically have a minimal undergraduate GPA thresholds of a 3.5 GPA for admission to either Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics (CET) or Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy (PHSOP). We do not require the GRE or GRE subject tests. Strong letters of recommendation letters from faculty or supervisors are carefully considered. There is a variation in the qualifications of applicants and candidates are asked to highlight areas of strengths and weakness in their statement of purpose.

International students must also submit official TOEFL exam scores. For more information regarding the TOEFL exam go to NOTE:  Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy’s average accepted TOEFL score is 100, with at least a 26 (or higher) on verbal. 

  • Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics:
    *Applicants are encouraged to apply earlier than the deadlines as space is limited*
    PhD Final – December 31, 2022
    MS Final – February 25, 2023
  • Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy:
    *Applicants are encouraged to apply earlier than the deadlines as space is limited*
    PhD Final – December 31, 2022
    MS Final – February 25, 2023

Applications for both MS and PhD programs are are only accepted for Fall Semester Admissions.

Additional Graduate School application deadline information is available at Learn About Deadlines.

International Applicants

Information, resources and general tips are below:

The UGA Graduate Admissions specialists evaluate all international applications in their office. They do not accept student records from external evaluation agencies. All required official academic records must be submitted directly to them.

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships are awarded to help students support themselves while earning graduate degrees and to help the department fulfill its responsibilities for teaching and research.

You can learn more about financial assistance through graduate assistantships in the UGA Graduate School Bulletin and Graduate School-Based Financial Assistance.

Departmental assistantships are contingent upon the availability of funds and student performance.

Helpful UGA Graduate School Links

All admissions to CAP’s graduate programs are processed by the UGA Graduate School. Visit the UGA Graduate School for detailed information on the graduate programs offered at the University, the application process, UGA Graduate School Orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of moving beyond the undergraduate level.

The following links provide shortcuts to some information:

How Do I?
Apply to the Graduate School
Find Financial Information
Find Forms
Learn About Deadlines
Look up the Graduate Bulletin
Graduate Housing 

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