A TRADITION OF RESEARCH AND DISCOVERY - Since 1886, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) has been a national leader in education and research in both Pharmacy Practice and the Pharmaceutical Sciences and 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. 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, SPPS 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 SPPS 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 including dual/collaborative PharmD/MBA, PharmD/JD, PharmD/PhD, PharmD/MS, and PharmD/MPH combinations.
Fall 2015 statistics are not yet finalized.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|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|
|Microbiology (Lab Optional)|
|Social Behavioral Science|
|English Composition I|
|English Composition II|
|General Education Requirements|
Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in the summer or fall. The January PCAT is also accepted.
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.
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.
Once we process your PharmCAS application, you will be provided with login information to our Online Graduate Application Site where you will upload all Immigration and Financial documents.
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. See: http://www.pharmcas.org/preparing-to-apply/what-youll-need-to-apply/letters-of-reference/list-of-pharmcas-questions-for-evaluators/
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.