Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our highly sought-after PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences gives students the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned faculty specializing in the fields of systems pharmacology and drug delivery.

Students receive distinct and rigorous training, allowing them to assume cutting-edge and leadership positions in industry, government and academia. 

A 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.

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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

Applications open July 1st and are due February 15th. Decisions are emailed by mid-April.

Step 1: Submit Online Graduate Application

  • 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

Step 3: Submit Test Scores Electronically

Upload your unofficial GRE scores to your application and have your 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: We proceed with your application using your uploaded unofficial scores. 

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).

For Current UB MS Students Interested in the PhD

Current students in our BS/MS or MS programs who are interested in the PhD program are required to submit a new application with new recommendations. MS students may apply either during their first or second year of the program. BS/MS students must complete their entire BS/MS program before joining the PhD program (some exceptions considered).

MS students who are accepted to the PhD program during their first year in the MS program are transferred directly to the PhD program and do not receive their MS degree. MS students who are accepted to the PhD program during their second year in the MS program are encouraged to complete their MS project and confer their MS degree before joining the PhD program.

It is recommended that students interested in the PhD program consider taking the required courses for the PhD program that are offered during their MS studies. If admitted to PhD program, students who have completed all of the required PhD courses will be allowed to take the Preliminary Exams.

Students accepted to the PhD program from the Department’s MS program who have elected not to receive their MS degree can apply all of their required PhD courses and graduate course credits towards the 72 credits needed for the PhD. Such students should develop an academic plan carefully so that the remaining credit requirements needed for the PhD degree are met without exceeding the 72 credits by a large margin.

Students formerly in the Department’s BS/MS or MS programs who are accepted to the PhD and have received their BS/MS or MS degree can apply part or all of their prior graduate credits from the University at Buffalo towards the PhD. The Director of Graduate Studies will waive the required PhD courses taken during the BS/MS and MS program for these students. These students should work closely with the Director of Graduate Studies so that remaining credit requirements needed for the PhD degree are met without exceeding the 72 credits by a large margin.

Questions? Contact Us

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