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

Master 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.

Note:  For information on residencies and the Resident Graduate Certificate Program at the College of Pharmacy, visit the Residency Programs page at Admission is available for summer only.

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, recommendation letters, as well as your past academic success.

CET Ph.D. 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 January 18 (department deadline). 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. Please be aware that the Online Recommendation Option is available for our department.
    Select Degree (MS or PhD), Select Major – Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy. Once you select degree, please make sure to enter your Area of Emphasis (Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics or Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy).
  • 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 official GRE score(s). Copies are not acceptable. UGA GRE Code: 5813.
  • Submit CV (Resume)
  • Submit Statement of Purpose (SOP)-Details below
  • Request Letters of Recommendation-Details below

For more information on the GRE, go to Email:

  • Graduate School deadline for applicants seeking assistantship consideration through Graduate School funding and competition
    Deadline: All general application admission materials must be received in the Office of Graduate Admissions by January 1. Applicants must be admitted as prospective degree candidates by February 15.
  • Graduate School deadline for applicants not seeking assistantships and for those whose academic departments do not have earlier deadlines.Applications for admission and all supporting documents must be received in the Graduate School Office by the following deadlines:

Domestic Applicants

  • Fall Semester – July 1 (Department deadline January 6 for assistantship consideration)

UGA Graduate School Mailing Address:

International Applicants

  • Fall Semester – April 15 (Department deadline January 6 for assistantship consideration)

Office of Graduate Admissions
210 South Jackson Street
The University of Georgia
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 and are encourage to review program faculty to find common interest)
  • 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, and LORs can now be submitted when applying through the Graduate School Website, or can be submitted via email to Randall Tackett, Graduate Coordinator,


  • You should specify on your application whether you are applying to Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics (CET) or Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes and Policy (PHSOP – formerly Pharmacy Care Administration) 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.

Let your recommenders know to expect an email from ‘’, with ‘Please submit your recommendation’, in the subject line. It will be sent from (who manages the LOR’s for UGA’s Graduate School). 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. 

Or, you may submit all the departmental materials (only), in one packet, and mail it to the following address:

UGA College of Pharmacy
Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy Admissions
250 W. Green Street, 270-I
Athens, GA, 30602-2354

* 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.
6. Submit sample to Randall Tackett at

Admission Requirements

Admission is available 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, GRE scores, 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 applicants to submit official GRE scores (subject to a five-year limitation). International applicants whose native language is not English must also submit TOEFL scores (subject to a two-year limitation).

The UGA Graduate School sets minimal GRE and GPA thresholds of the following mean scores: 151 for verbal and 152 for quantitative; and 3.0 for admission to Ph.D. programs. Students entering our program typically have a minimal undergraduate GRE and GPA thresholds of the following mean scores: 157 for verbal, and 154 for quantitative; and 3.5 GPA for admission to either Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics (CET) or Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy (PHSOP). We do not require 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*
    PhD Final – January 10, 2019
    MS Final – March 15, 2019
  • Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes, and Policy:
    *Applicants are encouraged to apply earlier than the deadlines*
    PhD Final – January 10, 2019
    MS Final – March 15, 2019

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.

Deparmtental 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
Check Application Status
Find Financial Information
Find Forms
Learn About Deadlines
Look up the Graduate Bulletin
Graduate Housing 

Questions? Contact the Department

Dr. Randall Tackett, Graduate Coordinator
Phone 706-542-5415

Dr. Somanath Shenoy, Director, CET

Dr. Henry N. Young, Director, PHSOP

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