MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Our MS program is for students who have previously earned a BS degree and wish to acquire high-impact positions in research, industry, education and health care settings.

The program takes approximately two to three years to complete.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in pharmacy, biochemistry, chemistry, biology, engineering or other science
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • 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: the personal statement is a general statement of purpose describing academic, professional, and research interests and should be no more than 500 words.
  • Prior research experience and co-authorship in scientific publications are considered favorably.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in organic and physical chemistry, biochemistry, biology and mathematics.

Application Steps

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  • Our master’s programs typically take 1 to 2 years to complete, with the end goal being either gaining employment or continuing on to a doctoral or professional program. Note that master’s programs are typically self-funded.
  • Our doctoral program typically takes 5 years to complete, where students take coursework early on, followed by independent research culminating in a dissertation. 
  • Learn more about preparing for graduate school from UB’s Career Design Center, including:
    • When to start planning for graduate school
    • How to apply (includes information on letters of recommendation, personal statement and resume/CV)
    • Writing a personal statement
  • Learn about options for funding your graduate education.