Apply to the UB PharmD Program via PharmCAS

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 prior to fall matriculation. We accept 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.  

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.

Selection is based on:

UB Pharmacy: The Perfect Fit

If you're seeking a top-ranked career as a respected health care professional with strengths in science, math and communication, UB pharmacy is the perfect fit!

Additional PharmCAS Applicant Requirements

  • English communication skills: 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.
  • 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. Review PharmD Technical Standards.
  • Licensing requirements: Review important information on student intern permits and pharmacy practice licensing requirements.
  • Non-Discrimination Policy: 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 or 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.

  • Submit the WES or WES iCAP to PharmCAS. If you provide the standard WES, you will be required to provide official transcripts if admitted. If you provide the WES iCAP, you will not be required to provide transcripts.
  • Send your TOEFL or IELTS score report to PharmCAS (code 8246). See English Proficiency for minimum score requirements and exceptions.
  • International Student Checklist Uploads: If admitted to our program, your admission will be 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 3: Check Your Application Status

PharmCAS processing may take up to 5 weeks once all required materials are received. Once we receive your application from PharmCAS, two letters of recommendation and a PCAT score, we will invite selected applicants for an interview. UB students should take advantage of our Career Services Interviewing resources. Our interview is a conversation between students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Decisions are sent shortly after interviews. Applicants are expected to respond within 10 days of an admissions offer. We participate in the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelinels (CAG), also known as admissions traffic rules. Applicants are expected to hold only one acceptance after March 1. All remaining applicants will receive a decision by mid-August.