Pharmacy : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Graduate: PharmD (Pharmacy)
Combined: PharmD/MBA; PharmD/JD, PharmD/MPH; PharmD/PhD; PharmD/MS

Acceptance Information

As a renowned center for education and groundbreaking research, admission to the PharmD program is highly competitive. Approximately 125 students are selectively admitted to the program each fall after completion of the pre-pharmacy course requirements. Students who enter UB directly from high school as intended pharmacy majors are automatically eligible for admission into the professional PharmD program after their sophomore or junior year if they adhere to our Early Assurance (EA) program requirements. To be considered for the EA program, students should indicate pharmacy as their intended major either on their initial application or before the end of their first semester at UB. There is no additional paperwork to complete as an incoming freshman. Please note: the University at Buffalo's Office of Undergraduate Admissions is not involved with the EA program; therefore, students will not receive any information regarding this program with their admission decision.

All other applicants are accepted into the program through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application, which also requires taking the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and completing the prerequisite courses as noted below. PharmCAS applicants may complete their prerequisites at UB and then apply to the PharmD program, or they may complete their prerequisites at another accredited institution. While a bachelor's degree is not required, applicants having earned this degree are encouraged to apply. Applicants should apply well in advance to allow ample time to process their applications, as a rolling admissions process is in effect. The professional program in pharmacy encourages applications from students who have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their pre-pharmacy science and math courses to apply for admission. Note, however, that in recent years, admitted students have performed at a higher level.

Selection is based on scholastic achievement, aptitude, personal qualifications, and evidence of motivation toward pharmacy. These criteria are judged from the college record, grade point average, the PCAT, letters of reference and evaluation, a supplemental application, and a personal interview. In addition to intellectual and academic competence, the School's Admissions Committee considers communication skills, leadership ability, community service, health care-related or research experience, and motivation for pursuing a career in pharmacy. It is critical that all students possess the ability to communicate effectively using both the oral and written English language. These competencies will be assessed of qualified applicants through an in-person interview and a written essay.

For further information regarding admission requirements and career information, students are strongly advised to contact the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Office of Admissions and Advisement, 112 Cooke Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1200, (716) 645-2825 or

Transfer Policy

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences does not have a limit or quota for the number of transfer students who may be admitted. Transfer students are expected to meet the same criteria for admission as non-transfer students. The School does not have a requirement for quarter or semester credit hour completion since credit hours vary among institutions. The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences does not articulate courses or evaluate transcripts. To find equivalent courses, please refer to UB's online articulation system TAURUS or refer to the course descriptions on UB's undergraduate catalog.

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Acceptance Criteria

Please contact the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Office of Admissions and Advisement for information (112 Cooke Hall, 716-645-2825, or visit

Advising Notes

*This is not a baccalaureate degree program; instead, it is a four-year graduate level doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) followed by a minimum of two years of undergraduate coursework. An undergraduate degree is not required prior to admission into this graduate/professional program, but is strongly encouraged.

Prerequisite Courses

General or Inorganic Chemistry I with Laboratory (CHE 101 or CHE 105)
General or Inorganic Chemistry II with Laboratory (CHE 102 or CHE 106)
Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory (CHE 201 or CHE 251)
Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory (CHE 202 or CHE 252)
Introductory Biology I with Laboratory (BIO 200)
Introductory Biology II with Laboratory (BIO 201)
Physics I (PHY 101 or PHY 107 - lab optional)
Calculus I (MTH 121 or PHY 141)
Calculus II (MTH 122 or MTH 142)
Statistics (STA 119 or PSY 207)
Anatomy and Physiology (ANA 113; PGY 451 and PGY 452 (PGY 300 by permission only)
Microbiology (MIC 301)
Biochemistry (BCH 403)
A Social and Behavioral Science course
English Composition I (ENG 101 or ENG 102 - based on placement)
English Composition II (ENG 201 or humanities - based on placement)

NOTE: English Composition must be completed in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, or New Zealand and approved by the University at Buffalo.

General Education requirements also must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to starting the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program advanced pharmacy experience program (P4) year. Early Assurance students must complete the required science and math prerequisites as well as the University at Buffalo's General Education requirements by the end of the spring semester prior to the fall entry of the first progression year of the PharmD program. See the following website for additional information: Early Assurance.

Required Courses

The professional curriculum involves graduate/professional-level courses. Information regarding these courses may be obtained in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Office of Admissions and Advisement, 112 Cooke Hall, North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-1200, (716) 645-2825, or online at

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

BIO 200; CHE 101 or CHE 105
English composition (ENG 101 or 102)
Social/Behavioral Science course or pre-calculus (if necessary)

Remaining semesters:
BIO 201
CHE 102 or 106
CHE 201 or 251
CHE 202 or 252
MTH 121 or 141
MTH 122 or 142
PHY 101 or 107
STA 119 or PSY 207
ANA 113
MIC 301
PGY 451 and 452
BCH 403
ENG 201 or humanities course
UGC 111
UGC 112
UGC 211 (or cognate)
Arts Elective
PHM 201 is optional (offered each spring semester)
Summer Enrollment may be required if completion of prerequisites within two years is desired

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:57 EST