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.

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About the Program

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 in July and are due February 15th. Decisions are mailed by May.

Step 1: Submit Your Application

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  • 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, select "University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY). 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.  

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?

If you need additional assistance, contact us:

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