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Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Programs

UB's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers graduate programs providing instruction and research training in diverse aspects of drug action including drug discovery to various elements of drug evaluation. These subjects are examined at the molecular, genomic, biochemical, biological, and clinical levels through an interdisciplinary curriculum that is individualized to the needs of each incoming student. The program includes laboratory and clinical research in the areas of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacometrics, pharmacogenomics, dosage form design, physiochemical and biological aspects of drug action, drug metabolism, and drug toxicity.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences prepare graduates for industrial or other positions or for more advanced academic training in areas requiring computer-assisted analysis of biopharmaceutic, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, toxicologic, or other types of experimental data. Students are admitted after earning a BS degree or higher (an MS degree is not a prerequisite.). Depending on individual progress, the degree is normally completed in 4-6 years. 


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.


Master of Science (MS) in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences is a two- to three-year degree program for students who have previously earned a BS degree. The program prepares graduates for positions in research, industry, education, and medical settings. A minimum of 30 graduate credits are required. Courses depend on the area of concentration chosen. Students choose from one of the following focus areas: pharmaceutical analysis, basic pharmaceutical sciences research, drug formulation/delivery/development, drug metabolism/transport, drug analysis, experimental pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, clinical research, pharmacogenetics/pharmacogenomics,  or pharmacometrics - a new field that fuses pharmacologic studies with computational and statistical methods of data analysis. UB is the first school in the nation to offer a master's degree program with a focus in Pharmacometrics.


Collaborative Degree Programs: PharmD/MS & PharmD/PhD 

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Accelerated Graduate Program: Bachelor & Master of Science (BS/MS) Degree

This is an accelerated program for academically qualified students that allows for completion of both BS and MS requirements in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 5 years. In comparison, separate completion of these two degrees normally require 5½ to 6 years. Students in this program will be awarded one degree only (BS/MS), and they therefore will not graduate with a separate BS with their class. Graduates of this program are highly sought after by pharmaceutical companies. Some graduates proceed to obtain a PhD degree in pharmaceutical or biomedical research.



Our programs in pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and biopharmaceutics are considered the best in the world and our MS program is the only one of its kind in the country that offers a focus in the area of Pharmacometrics.  Two special centers are funded to concentrate on cutting-edge research: Center of Excellence in Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics and Center for Protein Therapeutics



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