University at Buffalo - SUNY
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  February 2, 2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.S.
      • PharmD/P.H.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/J.D.
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: The PharmD is a four-year graduate/professional program, following a minimum of two or three years of undergraduate pre-pharmacy coursework.
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    A TRADITION OF RESEARCH AND DISCOVERY Since 1886, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SoPPS) has been a national leader in education and research in both Pharmacy Practice and the Pharmaceutical Sciences. The only pharmacy school in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, UB is consistently ranked among the U.S.’s best. The UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences boasts one of the most competitive research programs in the country with faculty members obtaining high level funding from federal sources as well as from industry and private funding.


    THE UB EXPERIENCE The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences recently moved to Kapoor Hall, located on the University's South Campus. The new building has state of the art teaching and research facilities for pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences. Students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories, "smart" classrooms, and centers for research that are among the finest in the world, all in a safe, close-knit setting. Thanks to a 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, SoPPS students work side-by-side with faculty who have established a reputation for excellence in scholarship, teaching, clinical activities, and research. It’s all part of an educational environment based on community and teamwork, with students, alumni, and faculty working together to create an atmosphere of active collaboration, professional development, and mentorship.

    A COMMITMENT TO ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE UB’s innovative curriculum is experiential, taking the lessons of the classroom and laboratory into real-world settings, where students develop crucial patient care and leadership skills and make tangible contributions to their field. Students immerse themselves in clinical training in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long term care (LTC), health maintenance organizations (HMOs), hospice care, and urban and rural community health centers. Whether it’s required study in the emerging field of pharmcogenomics or access to the university’s  super computers, UB SoPPS students’ training and expertise gives them a competitive advantage as they enter the competitive workforce.

    RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES UB sits at the nexus of a groundbreaking life sciences and bioinformatics research center and our faculty has established a clinical research infrastructure dedicated to research in pharmacotherapy for infectious diseases, transplantation, oncology, neurology, geriatrics, cardiovascular, medical imaging, critical care, therapeutic drug monitoring, drug-drug interactions, and medication adherence. Working in top-flight research centers such as the Center of Excellence in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, Center for Protein Therapeutics, Pharmacotherapy Research Center (PRC), or Pharmaceutical Genetics Laboratory, UB’s renowned researchers work across disciplines to further exciting new biomedical research that improves people’s lives.


    Pharmacy Practice research is clinically-oriented research stressing improvement in therapeutic outcomes for patients. Current research areas encompass HIV/Infectious Disease Management, Transplantation, Preventive and Primary Care, Geriatrics, Health Outcomes Management as well as Disease State Management.    


    The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UB is the home of cutting-edge research on many fronts, in areas such as drug delivery, protein formulation, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenomics.  Our special centers represent excellence in the following areas:

    - The Center of Excellence in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics: This Center is funded to promote the development of faculty, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral education and research in PK/PD.

    - Center for Protein Therapeutics: The mission of the Center for Protein Therapeutics is to advance the application of pharmaceutical sciences in the development of protein drugs.

    - The Pharmacotherapy Research Center (PRC): This center is a collaborative hub for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty that are interested in clinical and translational pharmacotherapy research activities.

    - Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Registry: The Laboratory for Antiviral Research (LAR) at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is conducting a multisite clinical research program to establish a Drug Interactions and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) Registry.

    A WORLD OF ACADEMIC OPTIONS The University at Buffalo offers students a wide range of professional programs and opportunities for exciting interdisciplinary study across its 12 academic schools including dual/collaborative PharmD/MBA, PharmD/JD, PharmD/PhD, PharmD/MS, and PharmD/MPH combinations.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 125
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 125
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: Varies
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: UB does not have a policy that limits or favors current UB students, transfer or out of state applicants. All applicants are considered equally.
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: UB does not have a policy that limits or favors current UB students, transfer or out of state applicants. All applicants are considered equally.
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: Middle 50th Percentile Science & Math GPA (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math): 3.3 - 3.7
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 200
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: UB does not have a policy that limits or favors current UB students, transfer or out of state applicants. All applicants are considered equally.
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: UB does not have a policy that limits or favors current UB students, transfer or out of state applicants. All applicants are considered equally.
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: UB does not have a policy that limits or favors current UB students, transfer or out of state applicants. All applicants are considered equally.
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: N/A
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: Around 3.0 out of 4.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: UB SoPPS does not have a minimum PCAT score. However, competitive applicants typically present at least 300. To determine your score, add each of the five items under Percentile Rank (excluding the Composite score).
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 22-32
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Around 70
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Around 50
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: Varies
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total Around 70  Varies 
      General or Inorganic Chemistry I with Laboratory     
      General or Inorganic Chemistry II with Laboratory     
      Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory     
      Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory     
      Introductory Biology I with Laboratory     
      Introductory Biology II with Laboratory     
      Physiology I     
      Physiology II     
      Physics I      
      Calculus I     
      Calculus II     
      Social Behavioral Science     
      English Composition I - waived if entering with bachelor's degree     
      English Composition II - waived if entering with bachelor's degree     
      General Education Requirements ( See notes below.     
    • Additional Information: 

      Applicants complete their prerequisites at UB or another institution and then apply to the PharmD program. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade equal to or greater than C- within 5 years preceding admission (see website for exceptions). Completion of courses by the first summer session (generally from the end of May until the end of June) prior to admission is expected (email for approval). UB SoPPS does not have a requirement for quarter or semester credit hour completion since credit hours vary among institutions. UB SoPPS does not articulate courses or evaluate transcripts. To find equivalent courses, please refer to UB’s online articulation system, called TAURUS (, or refer to the course descriptions on UB’s undergraduate catalog (


      * Chemistry: AP Chemistry is not acceptable for General Chemistry; and (2) Chemistry courses (both General/Inorganic and Organic) must be the same courses required for Chemistry majors.

      * Biology: AP Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology are not acceptable for Biology I or II (Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology are requirements in addition to Biology I and Biology II); (2) if General Biology is not offered at your school, you may take Botany, Zoology, Cell Biology, or Genetics to satisfy the General Biology requirement; and (3) Biology courses must be the same courses required for Biology majors.

      * Anatomy, Microbiology, and Biochemistry: Please contact us for any specific questions on these courses.

      * Physiology: Complete the highest level of Human and/or Mammalian Physiology offered at your college or university.  If Anatomy & Physiology I AND II were completed at a community or 2 year college, complete the highest level of Human and/or Mammalian Physiology offered at a local 4 year college or university.  If your college or university offers a Human and/or Mammalian Physiology sequence, you must complete the sequence.  Please contact us with specific questions on Physiology.

      * Social-Behavioral: Complete one social-behavioral course offered by APY (anthropology), CDS (communicative disorders and sciences), COM (communication), ECO (economics), GEO (geography) , LIN (linguistics), PSC (political science), PSY (psychology), SSC (social sciences interdisciplinary), or SOC (sociology). See “Social and Behavioral Sciences” at Note for UB students: ARC 122, PD 120, or PD 212 are also options; courses used to satisfy any other general education requirement are excluded.

      * English Composition: English Composition must be completed with a grade of C or better in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, or New Zealand and approved by the University at Buffalo. Waived if entering with a bachelor's degree or higher.

      * General Education Requirements:  Transfers entering with a bachelor’s+ are exempt from all Gen Eds. Transfers entering with 24+ credits are exempt from World Civilizations, American Pluralism, and Arts.

      Required prerequisites are subject to change in future years. Visit often for updates on required prerequisite courses.

      * Only the Math and Science prerequisites are used in computing the pre-pharmacy GPA.
      * AP transcripts ( must be sent directly to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and are due by March 1.
      * All students are expected to have computer skills, specifically proficiency in personal computer operating systems, word processing, and use of e-mail. Also expected are abilities to access menu-driven programs, online databases, and resources on various computer networks and on the Internet and World Wide Web and the ability to produce professional documents utilizing data that has been accessed and manipulated from a wide range of resources.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2012
      • Details: 

        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in the summer or fall. The January PCAT is also accepted.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        The ability to communicate effectively in English is required.  UB requires TOEFL or IELTS  scores.  A TOEFL score of 79 iBT or 550 paper-based is required.  An IELTS score of 6.5 overall and with no subscore below 6.0 (on the Academic version of the test) is required.  Send scores to PharmCAS – code 8246.

        The TOEFL or IELTS score must be dated within two years of the time the application is reviewed.  Students who are citizens of, and who claim to be native speakers of English, and who were educated in the English medium from Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) are exempt from TOEFL.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
      • Details: 

        Experience is expected. Consider volunteering or shadowing at a pharmacy, hospital, nursing home, or other related facility or organization. See up-close how professionals interact with patients and their colleagues. Most importantly, assess your dedication to their field and gain valuable interpersonal and leadership skills. You should also consider becoming a member or leader of a club or organization.

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? 
    • Are foreign citizens considered? 
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? 
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? 
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): 

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      A minimum of three (3) professional and/or academic Letters of Reference must be received by PharmCAS by March 1. UB will not accept any letter submitted directly to the Admissions Office. Each letter must include a standardized cover sheet including character ratings, which is provided by PharmCAS to your evaluators. Incomplete letters will not be considered. We do not accept letters from the following: Teaching Assistants, Pre-Health Advisors/Committee Letters, Politicians, Friends, Family Members, Co-Workers, or Clergy.

      It is important to develop relationships to obtain academic and professional references by visiting your professors during office hours, impressing your supervisors, meeting with your advisor regularly, and shadowing or volunteering in a health-care setting. Share your personal essay with your evaluator so they understand your motivation towards pharmacy. You may ask your evaluator(s) to write a letter of recommendation, save it electronically, and later submit it during the application cycle in which you are applying. Please have your evaluators refer to the List of PharmCAS Questions for Evaluators so they can prepare a complete evaluation in advance.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • September through March 
    • Details: 

      Applicants will be notified via email anytime throughout the admissions cycle if selected for an interview.

      The purpose of the Admissions Interview is to assess the candidate's motivation for pharmacy, understanding of the pharmacist's role in the health care system, potential to be a caring health care professional, ability to work effectively with other individuals and patients, communication skills, writing skills, leadership ability and critical thinking/problem solving skills.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Within one week after the interview
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Immediately
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $150.00
      • Due: Immediately
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: 08/31/2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No