University at Buffalo - SUNY
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Our school and PharmD program are ranked #1 in New York State, ranked #22 in the United States and are the premier pharmacy school and PharmD program within the State University of New York system.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  February 1, 2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    You can expect to hear from us anytime. Select candidates are invited for an interview within 4 weeks after UB receives the appilcation. Remaining candidates are on hold and will be notified in the summer.

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
    • 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/Ph.D.
      • PharmD/M.B.A
      • PharmD/J.D.
      • PharmD/M.P.H.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • 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? Yes
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:
      • N/A 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    A TRADITION OF INNOVATION 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 is ranked #1 in New York State and is amongst the top 25 schools in the country per US News and World Report. The UB SPPS boasts one of the most competitive research programs in the country with internationally renowned faculty members obtaining sustained high level federal funding as well as industry and private support.


    THE UB EXPERIENCE - The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is located on the University's South Campus where 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 variety of clinical training settings, including hospitals, long term care (LTC), health maintenance organizations (HMOs), federal health agencies, hospice care, community health centers as well as a growing list of international training sites. Whether it’s required study in the emerging field of pharmacogenomics or access to the university’s collaborative Global Health Equity Center, UB SPPS students’ training and expertise gives them a strong advantage as they enter the competitive, multi-cultural workforce. 


    RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES - UB sits at the nexus of a groundbreaking life sciences and bioinformatics research evidenced by these newly constructed facilities: The New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences as well the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.  Our faculty are dedicated to pharmacotherapy research in areas such as infectious disease, transplantation, oncology, neurology, geriatrics, cardiovascular, medical imaging, critical care, therapeutic drug-drug interactions, development of biological therapies and medication adherence. Our top 20 AACP ranking for extramural funding is another strong indicator of our ability to create innovative scholarly experiences for our students. 

    Working in top-flight research SPPS centers such as the Center of Excellence in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, Center for Protein Therapeutics, Center for Health Outcomes Pharmacoinformatics and Epidemiology as well as our Global Health Initiative Center allows UB’s renowned researchers to work across disciplines furthering new research to improve people’s lives. 


    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. More and more students are pursuing post-graduate training to distinguish themselves. Our PharmD innovative curriculum, special programs, and faculty advisors give our students an advantage for attaining postgraduate residency fellowship opportunities.


    SCHOLARSHIPS - We offer scholarships for incoming P1’s who are non-New York State residents to help offset the cost of out-of-state tuition. These scholarships are one-time awards.  After the first year, students may obtain residency and qualify for in-state tuition. Other available admissions-based scholarships are available and decisions are made and conveyed during the admission process. Note: these scholarships are not available to international students. Scholarship opportunities continue to be available throughout the program thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, and various organizations/corporations.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 200
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 125
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 125
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: Varies
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 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 2019 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: UB SPPS does not have a minimum GPA.
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: Around 3.0 out of 4.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: UB SPPS does not have a minimum PCAT score.
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: Middle 50th Percentile Science & Math GPA (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math): 3.3 - 3.7
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 22-32
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 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 2019 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      
      Calculus I     
      Calculus II      
      Social Science      
      English Composition I (waived if entering with bachelor's degree)      
      English Composition II (waived if entering with bachelor's degree)      
    • Additional Information: 

      Prerequisite List:
      SPPS PharmD Technical Standards:
      Intern Permits and Licensing Requirements:


    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2016
      • Details: 

        Applicants are advised to take the PCAT in the summer or fall. The February PCAT is also accepted. To expedite the review of your PharmCAS application, please scan and email a copy of your unofficial preliminary Score Report from the Pearson VUE Test Center to

      • 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. 
        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. For additional notes on exemptions, see English Proficiency.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      1. Submit the WES or WES iCAP to PharmCAS. If you provide the standard WES, you will be required to provide official transcripts if admitted. If you provide the WES iCAP, you will not be required to provide transcripts.
      2. Send your TOEFL score report to PharmCAS – CODE 8246. If you took the IELTS, you will provide a scanned copy of your score report if admitted (additional instructions provided if accepted). Scores must be sent electronically (we will NOT accept paper copies). For exemptions see English Proficiency.
      3. If admitted to our program and if an I-20 Form will be needed to apply for an F1 Student Visa, students will be asked to provide a copy of their passport, a financial form, a bank statement and current US immigration documents (such as current I-20 or visa).  The bank statement must show that you and your sponsor(s) have enough money to pay your first year’s total costs.  See International Cost of Attendance.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: Tuition is down 30% for non-residents. After the first year, out-of-state students may qualify for in-state tuition. We also offer $350,000 in scholarships annually.
    • 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? No
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 03/01/2019 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      All documents are collected electronically. Please do not mail any materials unless requested.

      See Information for International Students - Financial Aid.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      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:


    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • 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
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September through March 
    • Details: 

      Applicants will be notified via email anytime throughout the admissions cycle if selected for an interview. Students who have an immediate family member* who is an alumnus of our school (PharmD or Pharmaceutical Sciences) are guaranteed an interview by the Admissions Committee. Applicants supply this information on their PharmCAS application and may alert us by emailing

      *Immediate family: parents, spouses, siblings, children. It can contain others connected by birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership, or cohabitation, such as grandparents, great-grandparents, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, siblings-in-law, half-siblings, cousins, adopted children and step-parents/step-children, and cohabiting partners.


      You will provide a short writing sample, participate in an activity, interview with a faculty/staff/student, and tour our facilities. 

      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.


      Students should work with the career office on their campus for interview preparation. UB students are encouraged to take advantage of our Career Services Interviewing resources.



  15. Accepted Applicants ↑