Welcome to the University at Buffalo and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (UB SPPS)!
We are excited for you to join our 135-year tradition of distinguished education in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences. We are the #1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and #14 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
Students must again log in to the Application Status Portal and submit the PHAR Reply to Offer of Admission form no later than April 15.
If offered admission after April 15, submit the PHAR Reply to Offer of Admission form within one week (7 days) from the date of the offer of admission.
UB email is the official method of communication between students and the university. Students must check it regularly to receive important messages and updates!
Note for International Students: Visit Activate your UBIT Name
International students (including Canadians) must provide the following materials as electronic uploads.
In accordance with New York State Public Health Law, UB requires that all students submit a University’s Health Background Form. Continuing UB students have already satisfied this requirement. Continuing UB students must complete the Annual Immunization Review Form due November 1. Students cannot register for classes until proof of immunizations are submitted.
All students must receive information about meningococcal disease and make an informed decision about whether to receive immunization against the disease. Review Immunization and Meningitis Requirements.
Continuing UB Students: Annual Immunization Review (AIR) Form
Continuing UB students must complete the Annual Immunization Review Form by November 1.
UB requires students to demonstrate proof of receiving primary series COVID-19 vaccine or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption before they can register for classes. Students who receive approved medical or religious exemptions should be aware that some clinical placements may have stricter vaccination requirements than the university and do not accept UB’s exemptions. In these instances, students who receive UB-approved medical or religious exemptions may not be able to complete their degree. See COVID-19 Immunization Requirements.
UB requires all qualifying full-time domestic students and all international students to have health insurance coverage. See Health Insurance.
Exceptions for Teaching, Research and Graduate Assistants:
Students with assistantship funding will be eligible for UB employer-subsidized health insurance.
We look forward to welcoming students to SPPS at our annual Orientation, which is required for all new students.
Cost of Attendance/Tuition
Financial aid information is available post-acceptance and during orientation. Financial aid advisors are available for students to discuss their financial aid award summary and/or for questions about loan options. Call 716-645-8232 or email email@example.com. We also offer walk-in appointments at 1Capen on North Campus. Financial Aid begins sending out award notices in February/March.
Graduate students will qualify for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Students may also apply for a Graduate PLUS loan. Additionally, students can apply for a private loan (see Alternative/Private Loans).
The FAFSA is an application for student aid that collects the basic information needed to determine your eligibility for all of the financial aid programs sponsored by the federal government. U.S. citizens should apply for financial aid by filling out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online (school code 002837). Students can begin the FAFSA application process in October and we encourage prior to March 1 (late submissions may still qualify).
With the exception of degrees earned at UB, all newly enrolled students must submit all final official transcripts* and proof of bachelor’s degree conferral to verify any scanned, unofficial transcripts submitted during the application process sent directly to UB SPPS from a national clearinghouse to firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic transcripts received from a student are not official. Students with graduate degrees must also provide final official transcripts from their graduate institution(s). Recent graduates should check with their institution to make sure that the official transcript is final and will have their degree conferred on it before it is sent. During the summer, international students receive a portal link to upload final, official academic documents to UB’s Office of International Admissions. Students must use this form to submit documents even if already submitted to SPPS. Documents will only be accepted electronically via this form; paper documents are not required and will not be accepted.
*Any offer of admission is provisional pending receipt of all official transcripts and proof of completion of an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the date of intended enrollment.
Review registration requirements and course list by program below.
Students will not be able to register if there is a hold on their account (view holds). Holds include immunization records - see Step 4 above. International students will submit their U.S Visa Stamp via the New International Student Check-In to resolve the international student hold.
Students must register for PHC 615/616 each semester under their graduate program until they confer. Under some circumstances, the continuous registration requirement may be waived for the semester immediately prior to degree conferral. See Policy Library for exemptions.
MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences Prerequisites:
MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences students must complete the following before they are permitted to register only for PHC 615/616 research credits (i.e., advance to candidacy):
- Minimum 10 departmental didactic credit hours excluding research, laboratory courses, seminars and tutorials.
- Minimum 5 credit hours from other departmental courses, laboratory courses and department electives.
If students do not complete in the first two semesters of the program, then students must continue to register full time (12 credits) until the course requirements are met (15 credits total).
Students should not resign from courses after the add/drop deadline without discussing the underlying reasons with the Director of Graduate Studies. Resignations can affect the visa status of international students.
Registering for Classes:
To learn UB’s student system (HUB), visit the HUB Student Center and see UB's Web Registration Tutorial.
Students will have a graduate course advisement meeting with Dr. Robert Bies, Director of Graduate Studies, and will be registered for these fall courses:
1. PHC 613 Pharmaceutics Seminar
2. PHC 615 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research
3. PHC 588 Faculty Research Seminar (waived if PHC 488 within 3 years)
Register for the following spring courses via MyUB:
1. PHC 432 Methods of Scientific Communication
The remaining courses require force registration requests:
2. PHC 498 Ug Research & Creative Act: Ssubmit the registration request to be force registered after speaking to a faculty mentor.
3. PHC 614 Pharmaceutics Seminar: submit the registration request to be force registered
4. PMY 512 Principle of Pharmacology II: submit the registration request to be force registered
Students will be registered for the following fall courses:
1. PHC 504 Computational Basis of Pharmacometrics
2. PHC 607 Intermed Pharmacokinetics
3. PHC 512 Pharmacometric Software
4. PHC 517 Pharmacogenomics
5. PHC 588 Faculty Research Seminar
6. PHC 613 Pharmaceutics Seminar
7. PHC 615 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research
Note: PHC 630 and PHC 508 are not recommended this fall semester due to your rigorous courseload.
Students will have an advisement meeting with Dr. Brian Tsuji, Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Sciences, to review research options and will register for these fall courses:
1. PHM 551: Clinical Research Methods 1
2. PHM 535: Research Rotation 1
3. PHM 535: Research Rotation 2
4. PHM 535: Research Rotation 3
5. PHC 615: Research (2CR)
Students use the UB Card across campus. Students should obtain their UB Card before orientation. The UB Card office is located in 1Diefendorf (Room 114) on South Campus (limited hours) and 1Capen on North Campus.
Students may apply for on-campus housing after acceptance. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first served basis. Campus Living provides application deadlines, deposits, live chat support and apartment locations. Students are eligible for an early arrival waiver one day before Orientation. Submit the early arrival application when available (early August). Early arrival charges will be reversed after check-in. Students may move in earlier, but fees apply.
Our Pharmaceutical Sciences students are invited to join the UB PHC Housing and Roommate Search on GroupMe to find roommates. Click here to join.
Students enrolled at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences may use electronic testing software (currently ExamSoft/Examplify) for exams and assessments. Students should have either a laptop (PC or Mac) to bring and use in the examination room, for the purposes of assessment. Students are responsible for the maintenance of their personal computing devices; the school is unable to provide computing support. The minimum computer specifications to run ExamSoft/Examplify are listed below:
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