MS in Pharmacometrics and Personalized Pharmacotherapy

MS in Pharmacometrics and Personalized Pharmacotherapy is a new and unique graduate program focused on advanced training in pharmacometric principles of advanced pharmacokinetics (study of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs) and pharmacodynamics (study of drug effects and toxicity in treatment of diseases).

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About the Program

Pharmacometricians play a critical role in drug discovery and development in research institutes, pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies and academia. Students will master the skills to optimize drug therapy, allowing for the provision of precision medicine and individualized therapies. Program courses will offer not only conceptual training but also practical course work including hands-on computational training integrating health and biomedical data as well as opportunities to partner in high level research, giving students real-world job experience while still completing coursework.

There is current strong demand for non-pharmacy graduates to work in the pharmaceutical industry, performing PK/PD population modeling and pharmacometric analysis of experimental data for contributions in the areas of drug development and approval.

There are also many opportunities for those with a pharmacy/PharmD degree to advance in pharmacy practice by applying  pharmacometric skills in clinical research environments, including hospitals, clinics, clinical trials and drug therapy.

The program should take one to one-and-a-half years to complete and a minimum of 30 graduate credits are required. Students must complete the following required courses plus electives:

  • Computational Basis of Pharmacometrics
  • Intermediate Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacometric Software
  • Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Approaches to Personalized Medicine
  • Biometry for Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Population Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic Modeling
  • Seminars and Research

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in pharmacy, biochemistry, chemistry, biology, engineering or other science
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Minimum GRE of 300 (Verbal Reasoning + Quantitative Reasoning)
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty knowledgeable of the student's ability and capability. Evaluators should comment on laboratory research, communication skills, creativity, and intangibles in the student's academic performance. An email request will be sent directly to your recommenders when you submit your application for formal review.
  • Personal statement
  • Prior research experience and co-authorship in scientific publications are considered favorably.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in mathematics and computational sciences.

Application Steps

Applications open in July and are due February 15th. Decisions are emailed by May.

Step 1: Submit Online Graduate Application

Apply!

Click here for the Graduate School Application Manager.

  • Once you formally submit your application, your evaluators will automatically be notified to submit their letters of recommendations.
  • Official transcripts are not required during the application process. Unofficial copies are sufficient. If admitted, you will need to provide the official transcripts prior to enrolling at UB as instructed.
  • Please DO NOT mail any official documents unless specifically requested to do so.
  • If you have any questions, please email pharmsci-admissions@buffalo.edu.

Step 2: Submit Test Scores Electronically

Upload your unofficial GRE scores to your application and have them sent to UB electronically. UB's institution code is 2925 and our department code is 0613. UB SPPS does not have a minimum GRE requirement. However, competitive applicants typically present a score of at least 300. To compute the GRE, we sum the scores for Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. Note: we will proceed with your application with your unofficial uploaded scores.

International applicants - see next step regarding TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Step 3: If International, Provide Additional Documents

International students apply online using the same method as other students, but must supply additional information.

  • Send your TOEFL or IELTS score report to UB. UB's institution code is 2925 and our department code is 47. For IELTS, you will simply upload your score report to your application. See English Proficiency for minimum score requirements and exceptions.
  • International Student Checklist Uploads: Your admission is being recommended to the Office of International Admissions. They will determine your eligibility to receive the official documents necessary to apply for a Student Visa (should you require one). U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service guidelines require that total financial resources must be clearly documented before institutions of higher education may issue Certificates of Visa Eligibility. You will need to submit the International Student Financial Form to document your ability to meet the educational and personal expenses of your proposed study program. You must prove immediate availability of the first year's expenses and tuition and a reliable source of support for subsequent years. The University at Buffalo reserves the right to withdraw admission and revoke the Certificate of Visa Eligibility if it learns that any fraudulent documents, false or misleading statements, or omitted information were submitted as part of your application. Additionally, your admission is contingent upon receipt of your final, official transcript indicating the conferral date for your bachelor’s degree. International students will receive notification to upload checklist documents:
    Passport biographical page
    UB financial form
    Bank statement

*Requested documents must be uploaded as instructed and submitted electronically. Please do not send any mail, unless instructed to do so.

Step 4: Check Your Status

Test Scores: We only require unofficial test scores, which you may upload to your application.

Payment: Your application fee will be linked to your application after 48 hours.

Letters of Recommendation (LORs): Your requests for LORs will be sent automatically when you formally submit your UB application. When recommenders complete their letters, they will automatically be attached to your online application. If you need to resend LOR requests, you can do so on your application after you formally submit your application. If you need to change recommender information, contact pharmsci-admissions@buffalo.edu with the name and email address.

Decisions: You will receive a notification once a decision has been made on your application. You can expect to hear from us anytime through May.

Questions?

If you need additional assistance, contact us:

Pharmaceutical Sciences Admissions
270 Pharmacy Building
Buffalo, NY 14214
716-645-2825
pharmsci-admissions@buffalo.edu