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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences normally involves 4-6 years of graduate study. Doctoral enrollees receive a full stipend with 100% tuition waiver. Additional amounts may be received through individual scholarships.

Applications open July 1st and are due February 15th.

Studies in preclinical and clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and toxicology typically involve collection of various types of experimental data in individual and groups of biologic preparations, animals and human subjects. Appropriate methods of analysis of such data requires an understanding of the underlying science and well as use of biostatistics, computational methods, and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling. Scientists with proficiency in pharmacometrics can assist in the design and analysis of protocols and studies related to drug therapy questions and provide insights into the processes which control the time course of drug concentrations and clinical, pharmacologic and toxicologic responses.

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
  • Demonstrated proficiency in organic and physical chemistry, biochemistry, biology and mathematics
  • Prior research experience and co-authorship in scientific publications are considered favorably.

Application Steps

Step 1: Submit Online Graduate Application

  • Complete the Online Graduate Application. We recommend applying for admission as early as possible!
  • Be sure to mark the box if you an international applicant.
  • After you've started and saved your application, you can log back in using your Username and PIN, which will be assigned to you. Once you formally submit your UB application, you will not be able to make changes. You will still have access to upload materials and check the status of your application, but you will not be able to change your information. If you have any changes, please email pharmsci-admissions@buffalo.edu.
  • 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.

Step 2: Submit Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $50 is payable online through UB ePay.

Step 3: Submit Test Scores Electronically

Have your GRE scores 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: it may take up to two weeks for the testing agency to process your order and deliver your scores to UB.

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

Step 4: If International, Provide Additional Documents

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

Please have your TOEFL score report sent to institution code 2925 and department code is 47. See English Proficiency for minimum score requirements and exceptions. For IELTS, you will upload scanned copies of your IELTS certificate to your application. There is no school code for this specific test.

If admitted to our program, you will be asked to provide a copy of your passport, current US immigration documents (such as current I-20 or visa), and transcribed official transcripts and official proof of degree (may be presented in person to International Admissions and immediately returned).

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