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Apply to the UB PharmD Program via PharmCAS

The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) is a centralized application service for schools and colleges of pharmacy.

We now accept applicants through Early Decision (ED).

PharmCAS Admissions Requirements

You are ready to apply to the PharmD via PharmCAS when you plan to have all prerequisite courses and the PCAT completed by the end of the summer semester prior to fall matriculation (first summer session is expected). We accept transfer students enrolled in 2- or 4-year accredited institutions, graduates with bachelor's or post-baccalaureate degrees, former and current UB students, US and non-US citizens and permanent residents. To apply to UB to complete your prerequisite courses, visit Undergraduate Admissions.  

Selection is based on:

The school's admissions committee considers intellectual competence, communication skills, leadership ability, community service, health care-related or research experience and motivation for pursuing a career in pharmacy.  

Additional PharmCAS Applicant Requirements

  • It is critical that all students possess the ability to communicate effectively using both the oral and written English language. All PharmD students must be interviewed in accordance with the American Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) Guidelines. The purpose of the interview process is to evaluate verbal communication skills, determine if the candidate has an understanding of the pharmacy profession, and commitment to patient care. Written communication skills will also be assessed in a standardized manner. Applicants will be invited to an interview by email.
  • Satisfy the PharmD Technical Standards. The faculty of the UB SPPS have established Personal Attributes and Capabilities Essential for Admission, Progression, and Graduation (Technical Standards) for our doctor of pharmacy Degree.
  • See important information on student intern permits and pharmacy practice licensing requirements.
  • Learn about our Non-Discrimination Policy.

STUDENTS WHO DO NOT DEMONSTRATE THESE PROFICIENCIES AND ATTRIBUTES WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION.

Subject to revision without extensive notice.

PharmCAS Application Steps

Step 1: Apply through PharmCAS

Important Notes about PharmCAS:

  • Apply through PharmCAS only if you plan to have all prerequisite courses complete by the end of summer prior to fall admission into the PharmD program. To apply to UB to complete your prerequisites, visit Undergraduate Admissions or International Admissions.
  • UB offers "Early Decision" (ED) status through PharmCAS. 
  • Please read PharmCAS Application Instructions carefully and refer to our PharmCAS School Page and follow instructions carefully.
  • When entering coursework, select the subject that best describes the content of the course curriculum. See the PharmCAS Course Subject list.
  • A limited number of PharmCAS Application Fee waivers are available to financially disadvantaged applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis (apply before Sept. 1). 
  • All official transcripts from previously attended institutions, letters of reference and PCAT scores must be submitted directly to PharmCAS (not to UB SPPS) for verification. This is also applicable to current UB students.
  • AP Scores must be sent directly to UB SPPS. Credit will be granted according to UB's Alternative/Exam Credit policies. Students with international coursework should send a foreign transcript evaluation report (WES ICAP) to PharmCAS.  

Step 2: If International, Provide Additional Documents

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

1. Submit the WES iCAP to PharmCAS.
2. Send your TOEFL or IELTS score report to PharmCAS (code 8246). See English Proficiency for minimum score requirements and exceptions.

If admitted to our program, students will be asked to provide a copy of their passport, a financial form, a bank statement and current US immigration documents (such as current I-20 or visa). The bank statement must show that you and your sponsor(s) have enough money to pay your first year’s total costs. See International Cost of Attendance.

Step 3: Check Your Application Status

PharmCAS processing may take up to 5 weeks once all required materials are received. Log in to your PharmCAS application and check the status menu option. Neither PharmCAS nor UB will process or consider incomplete applications. Review the Supplemental Status Tool to verify that all materials have been received by PharmCAS.

Selected applicants will be contacted by email for an invitation to interview. UB students should take advantage of our Career Services Interviewing resources. Our interview is a conversation between students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

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