PharmSci Graduate Admissions FAQs
Please refer to our Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program Admissions website.
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Please refer to our Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Course Descriptions.
The department has a set of required courses for each program. Some of the courses are in sequence, others are offered only every other year. It is therefore important that you consult with the Director of Graduate Studies during your first year of study in the program. After you have chosen an advisor, s/he will provide principal guidance for your academic program, but you should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies regularly to ensure that your program will meet Departmental and University requirements for the degree. Full-time registration is met by registering for 12 or more credits.
For new PhD students who receive assistantships, paychecks are available from the office either on Wednesday or Friday, depending on the source of funding. You should ask Mrs. Rugg (H519) when and how you would receive your paycheck.
Current department policies require two full-time equivalents (FTE’s) of two courses of teaching from each PhD student, generally in their 2nd or 3rd years of study. The Department does not usually ask its teaching assistants (TA) to conduct “lectures”. Most TA duties involve teaching in the laboratory, in tutorials, and/or assisting the professors in grading and organizing the course. The Department believes that this experience is valuable to all PhD students, so this requirement applies to all students irrespective of source of funding.
You would need the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies to change any course registration that has been agreed to. It is NOT permissible for you to take a course without approval from the Department. For funded students, you may have to pay tuition on your own if you violate this rule, and the department may withdraw part or all of its stipend support.
Generally, up to graduate 36 credits can be transferred into a PhD program. However, credit transfer can affect tuition waiver, and your graduate program requirements, and the policies of the graduate school may change from year to year. It is crucial that you obtain the approval of the department and your research advisor before you submit any application for credit transfer.
You should bring the course syllabus to the Director of Graduate Studies, plus some of the exams. You may be quizzed a bit about your knowledge in the area. If it is judged that you may have sufficient knowledge in the specific area, you may be asked to see the instructor of the course, who may then grant you an exemption.
Each incoming student will be exposed to a series of research/project presentations by faculty members, who are interested to admit new students into their laboratories. The department will arrange for you to go through two laboratory rotations of your choice. You will have time to familiarize with the personnel and the philosophy of each laboratory before you submit your faculty preferences. You are not guaranteed your choices since faculty may select other applicants to join their laboratories.
The required interviews will take place during the first few weeks of the Fall semester.
The MS program in Pharmacometrics is a specialized program requiring little or no laboratory research work, but more intensive computational training and experience. Students in Pharmacometrics do not generally carry out laboratory (bench) research. To be successful, students in the Pharmacometrics program must have a special aptitude toward numerical and computational analysis.
We have a flexible curriculum. The program can be designed according to individual interests, for example, in drug delivery, in pharmacogenomics, in experimental pharmacokinetics, in analysis, in drug metabolism, etc. The Director of Graduate Studies should be consulted about the design of the curriculum.
Yes, but such applications are generally not considered until after completion of one full year of study in MS program. Students who have performed well in this first year are eligible to apply for a transfer, and to compete for stipend support from the Department. MS students who are planning to apply for such a transfer should take all the required courses in the PhD curriculum when they are available, since some courses are only offered once every other year.
1. Obtain permission to take the course from the course instructor.
2. Use the following URL: Online Interactive Graduate Application to apply for graduate study using the “MS Degree” option.
3. Send an email message to Rita Urben rrur...@buffalo.edu describing your intent to register for a course as a non-matriculating student. Your application will be reviewed and processed by the Department and by the Graduate School. Typically within 1 week from the date of the application, you will be granted status as a “Non-matriculated” student (notice will be sent by email), and you will be able to register for courses.
4. Register for the course.
For additional information, visit the Pharmaceutical Sciences Admissions website.