PharmD/MBA

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the School of Management jointly offer a five year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

Curriculum

  • PHM 637 is waived for students who complete this program. PHM 637 is required in the P2 year, unless you enter the MBA program beforehand.
  • PharmD electives are waived, however many students choose to take extra electives.
  • Students spend one year full-time at the UB School of Management, then return to PharmD full-time. During that one year at the School of Management, students are charged graduate tuition.
  • When students return to the PharmD, they still need to complete MBA elective requirements as well as a management internship requirement.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the required courses of the PharmD program at the end of the first professional (P1) year
  • Standardized test: PCAT, GRE, or GMAT
    • The PCAT can be accepted in lieu of GMAT or GRE, but if you haven’t taken the PCAT, you will need to submit the GRE or GMAT. 
    • A waiver is available to Early Assurance students who have earned a minimum 3.25 cumulative graduate GPA within the PharmD program. To apply for the waiver, email som-apps@buffalo.edu a complete transcript along with a copy of your resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation (contact Professor Fiebelkorn if needed)
  • Personal statement
  • Two essays
  • International applicants: TOEFL examination with a minimum acceptable score of 600 on the paper‐based test or 100 on the internet‐based test; or demonstration of proficiency in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The required minimum IELTS score is 7.5 overall. The IELTS score must be dated within two years of the time the student will enroll. Only the official original IELTS score report is acceptable; photocopies are not acceptable.
  • One semester of calculus with a grade of “B” or better or two semesters of calculus with grades of “C” or better
  • Note: Bachelor’s degree is NOT required for PharmD candidates.  

How to Apply

Prospective candidates must submit separate applications and be admitted to the MBA program and to the PharmD program according to the procedures and standards of the individual schools.

Apply to the MBA program during your P1, P2 or P3 year by February 1st (for international applicants) or by May 15th (for domestic applicants).

They accept via rolling admissions until the class is filled. They do not wait until all applications are in.

Questions?

Questions about the PharmD portion of the program?
Contact Karl Fiebelkorn, MBA, RPh, Senior Associate Dean for Student, Professional and Community Affairs, at kdf@buffalo.edu.

Questions about the MBA portion of the program?
Contact the School of Management Graduate Programs Office at som-apps@buffalo.edu or 716-645-3204.