What will I learn?

This four-year professional program enables one to work as a licensed pharmacist, interacting with patients and other health care practitioners for matters involving treatment by medications. Our curriculum is designed to prepare students to serve as contemporary, compassionate, creative and scholarly practitioners, educators, researchers and leaders in the advancement of the pharmacy profession. The coursework involves biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice and is integrated with patient-centered practice experiences.

The doctor of pharmacy degree, also called the PharmD, is a professional degree that enables one to work as a pharmacist, interacting with patients and other health care practitioners about medications. It is not an undergraduate degree (such as a BS or BA). An undergraduate degree is not currently required as an admissions prerequisite.

Since 1886, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) has been a national leader in education and research in both Pharmacy Practice and the Pharmaceutical Sciences. The PharmD program at the University at Buffalo is ranked among the top 25 programs in the United States and is the first of its kind available in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Learning Outcomes

Patient/Pharmaceutical Care — Provide high quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care that is appropriate and effective, in cooperation with patients, prescribers, and other members of the interprofessional health care team.

Medical and Science Foundations — Demonstrate mastery of the core knowledge and skills corresponding to established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge. This includes competency in those areas specifically supporting high-quality pharmacy practice (e.g., pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacology, pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and pharmaceutical care).

Practice Based Learning and Improvement — Evaluate practice and care, and promote continuous improvement in one’s own patient care and pharmacy services.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills — Demonstrate effective interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills with patients, families, the public as well as other health care providers, adapting to socioeconomic and cultural factors as well as situational-applications as appropriate.

Professionalism — Evidence exemplary professional, ethical and legal behaviors, complying with all federal, state and local laws and regulations related to pharmacy practice.

Systems-Based Practice and Management — Demonstrate an awareness of, and responsiveness to the larger context and system of healthcare, effectively utilizing systems and systems of care to provide cost-effective, optimal care.

Career Opportunities:


Community (ambulatory care)


Specialty Compounding

Veterinary care

Home care/Infusion therapy

Industrial/Pharmaceutical Companies

Legal research

Hospice/Palliative Care/Pain Management

Health Maintenance Organization/Managed care


Nuclear Oncology

Primacy Care/Pediatrics/Geriatrics



Government/Food and Drug


Public Health/Health Policy


Which department am I in?

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Study options

Full Time (7 years)

Tuition fees
US$37,140.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


South Campus

Main Street and Kenmore Ave,


New York,

14214, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A research graduate degree from an accredited college or university; a degree in a rehabilitation-related discipline is preferred but not required. Other graduate degrees and Bachelors’ degrees will be considered with research experience. GPA of 3.0 or greater GRE scores from within the past four years. We would prefer a total verbal and quantitative score of 300 or above.

For international students

Admission to UB’s freshman class is selective and is based in part on the quality of your secondary school academic record and the number of spaces available in the class. You should feel confident applying to UB if you have an above-average academic record and have taken challenging courses in high school to help prepare you to be successful at university. UB uses a 4.0 grading scale and we expect students applying here to have the equivalent of a 3.0 on that scale. That is the same as a grade of B or 83 on a 100-point scale. Our admissions counselors are experts in the many education systems around the world. They know how to compare your country’s grading scale to the one we use here at UB.

English Language Requirements:

The minimum score of TOEFL IBT is 70, the minimum score TOEFL PBT is 523, the minimum score of IELTS is 6.0, the minimum score of PTE is 50, the minimum score of ACT (English and Reading) is 18, the minimum score of SAT I Critical Reading (Old Version) is 450 and the minimum score of SAT I ERWS (New Version) is 500.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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