Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our highly sought-after PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences gives students the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned faculty specializing in the fields of systems pharmacology and drug delivery.

Doctoral students receive a full tuition scholarship and stipend. Additional amounts may be received through individual scholarships.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in pharmacy, biochemistry, chemistry, biology, engineering or other science
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • GRE is optional
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty knowledgeable of the student's ability and capability. Evaluators should comment on laboratory research, communication skills, creativity, and intangibles in the student's academic performance. An email request will be sent directly to your recommenders when you submit your application for formal review.
  • Personal statement
  • Demonstrated proficiency in organic and physical chemistry, biochemistry, biology and mathematics
  • Prior research experience and co-authorship in scientific publications are considered favorably.
New for the 2021-22 Academic Year

As part of UB’s PhD Excellence Initiative, the university will support the cost of broad-based fees for doctoral students who are full time and fully funded, starting in the 2021-22 academic year. Covered fees include the comprehensive fee, academic excellence and success fee, student activity fee, and the international student fee, where applicable.

Read the June 11, 2021, UBNow article for additional information.

Application Steps

Prepare Apply Requirements International Applicants

Applications open July 1 and close February 15.

  • Click Apply Now and sign in using your existing account information or create a new account to start a new application.
  • Fill out the application in full and submit it when complete. Once submitted, you will be emailed a link to the Status Portal. 
  • In your portal, submit the application fee payment and supporting documents (personal statement, resume/CV, etc.). 
  • Use the checklist on the Status Portal to ensure supporting documents are submitted by the application deadline. All supporting documents must be received by the application deadline for your application to be reviewed. 
  • Once all application materials are received, your application will be sent for review. If additional materials are needed, you will be notified. Decisions are made on a rolling basis and you will receive a notification once a decision has been made on your application. 

Information for Current BS/MS or MS Students

Current students in our BS/MS or MS programs who are interested in the PhD program are required to submit a new application with new recommendations. MS students may apply either during their first or second year of the program. BS/MS students must complete their entire BS/MS program before joining the PhD program (some exceptions considered).

MS students who are accepted to the PhD program during their first year in the MS program are transferred directly to the PhD program and do not receive their MS degree. MS students who are accepted to the PhD program during their second year in the MS program are encouraged to complete their MS project and confer their MS degree before joining the PhD program.

It is recommended that students interested in the PhD program consider taking the required courses for the PhD program that are offered during their MS studies. If admitted to PhD program, students who have completed all of the required PhD courses will be allowed to take the Preliminary Exams.

Students accepted to the PhD program from the department’s MS program who have elected not to receive their MS degree can apply all of their required PhD courses and graduate course credits towards the 72 credits needed for the PhD. Such students should develop an academic plan carefully so that the remaining credit requirements needed for the PhD degree are met without exceeding the 72 credits by a large margin.

Students formerly in the department’s BS/MS or MS programs who are accepted to the PhD and have received their BS/MS or MS degree can apply part or all of their prior graduate credits from the University at Buffalo towards the PhD. The Director of Graduate Studies will waive the required PhD courses taken during the BS/MS and MS program for these students. These students should work closely with the Director of Graduate Studies so that remaining credit requirements needed for the PhD degree are met without exceeding the 72 credits by a large margin.

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