Health Outcomes Research and Policy Option

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Admissions Requirements M.S. or Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Health Outcomes Research and Policy Option

Applicants should apply by January 15. Our Departmental admissions committee meets in February to review applications that are complete. Finalists may be interviewed on campus or by telephone. Offers of admission with funding must be accepted by April 15.

Minimum admission requirements include:

  • BachelorÕs degree or its equivalent.
  • International applicants MUST SCORE at least 550 on the paper Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 213 on the computer TOEFL (cBT), 79 on the internet TOEFL (iBT), or a 6.5 Overall Band Score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Exam. Applicants opting for the iBT MUST ALSO score a minimum of 16 on each of the four component parts of the iBT (reading, listening, speaking, and writing).


Students will apply to the Auburn University Graduate School via an online application. The link to apply can be found at the bottom of this page. All required documents must be submitted for your application to be complete. This includes:

  • Official copy of GRE scores sent directly from ETS
  • Statement of Purpose. We require all prospective students to write a Statement of Purpose essay of up to 1,000 words. It should include why you want to study the specific area that interests you, what you will do with your degree once obtained, why you think the specific area is important, and reasons you think you should be admitted (what strengths do you bring to the program).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation solicited and submitted via the online application system.
  • Processing fee of $60/Domestic or $70/International. The fee is paid by credit card at the time you submit your online application.

In addition to your online application, the student must arrange to have the following documents sent directly to the graduate school.

  • Official copy of TOEFL scores (for international students) sent directly from ETS.
  • The GRE is required for all student applicants. Auburn University's ETS institution code is 1005. A department code is not required. The GRE may be waived in certain circumstances (e.g. applicant has previously earned a doctoral degree, professional degree, or thesis-based master's degree). This decision will be made by the departmental program admissions committee on a case-by-case basis. When in doubt, providing a current GRE score will ensure that your application is complete.
  • Official transcripts from each institution from where college credit was earned. If a degree was earned the transcript must show the degree and date conferred. In addition, international students must have the institution conferring their degree submit an official certificate of completion.
  • Processing fee of $60/Domestic Applicant or $70/International Applicant. The fee is paid by credit card at the time you submit your online application.
    The mailing address for the graduate school is listed below:
    Auburn University
    Graduate School
    106 Hargis Hall
    Auburn University, AL 36849-5122
  • An Application for Graduate Assistantships. There is no option to attach this document to the online application. Fill out the Web form directly.

The contact information for the department is listed below:
Harrison School of Pharmacy Graduate Program
Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy
Attention: Kim Garza, Pharm.D, MBA, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Health Outcomes Research and Policy
4306B Walker Building
Auburn, AL 36849-5506
Phone: 334-844-8360
Fax: 334-844-8307
Email: (Electronic copies are acceptable)

To Apply
To log in to the admission site for the first time, click on Apply to Graduate School below, choose apply online and then click on create account. A fee of $60/Domestic or $70/International will be charged by the Graduate School for processing the completed application for admission. Once your application fee is paid, the application will be processed and available for review.

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For Federal Financial Aid information (e.g. student loans), contact Auburn UniversityÕs Financial Aid office at 1-334-844-4367.

To obtain a copy of the Auburn University Bulletin (listing of academic programs, degree requirements, and policies), contact the Admissions office (1-334-844-4080) or click HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact, Dr. Garza at

Last Updated: January 25, 2021