PharmD/PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers collaborative programs that involve advanced coursework and intense graduate level research training in the Pharmaceutical Sciences. The doctor of pharmacy/doctor of philosophy in pharmaceutical sciences is typically seven years.

The program integrates the skills and knowledge of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice with a focus on cutting-edge research for the development of treatments to prevent disease and improve health.

Career Opportunities

Prepares students for research positions in...

  • Pharmaceutical companies in areas of drug development and clinical application
  • Academia
  • Research institutes
  • Federal and other regulatory agencies

How to Apply

You should first apply to the PharmD program. Once accepted, plan to apply to the PharmD/MS program using the Online Graduate Application in the fall of the P2 year. Students interested in the program after their P2 year may be eligible to apply.  

  • Apply to the PharmD/MS program during or after the second professional (P2) year by February 15.
  • Students must select the Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Program during their P2 year within the PharmD curriculum.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the required courses of the PharmD program at the end of the second professional (P2) year. Students should not have been on academic probation for any semester in the PharmD program.
  • Apply to the PharmD/PhD program after the third professional (P3) year and after completing the PharmD/MS research project year by February 15.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Research experience is desirable. Students should identify a faculty mentor in the Pharmaceutical Sciences prior to application.
  • Note: Bachelor’s degree is NOT required for PharmD candidates. 

Questions about the PhD portion of the program?

Contact Dr. Murali Ramanathan murali@buffalo.edu or 716-645-4846.