University at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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 and is ranked amongst the top 25 schools in the country. UB offers the first pharmacy school in the State University of New York (SUNY) system and is the largest and most comprehensive university center in the system.  Encompassing the departments of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences, the school offers various professional, undergraduate, and graduate programs.

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Otherx  
Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialistx  
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Otherx  
Pre-Pharmacy Studiesx  
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistantx  

Academic Life

UB’s innovative curriculum is experiential, taking the lessons of the classroom and laboratory into real-world settings, where students develop crucial patient care and leadership skills and make tangible contributions to their field. Students immerse themselves in clinical training in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long term care (LTC), health maintenance organizations (HMOs), hospice care, and urban and rural community health centers.  Whether it’s required study in the emerging field of pharmacogenomics or access to the university’s super computers, UB SPPS students’ training and expertise gives them a competitive advantage as they enter the competitive workforce.

Campus Life

Community, pride, and tradition inspire an enriching campus life experience for all students.  A lively, intellectual community is fostered in hundreds of social, cultural, political, and recreational events and hundreds of student clubs to provide outlets for any interest.  Sitting on an international border with Canada, our commitment to a truly cross-cultural learning environment is reflected in our on-campus community and in our global outreach.  On-campus housing is available from residence halls to newly built apartments.

Facilities and Resources

We are located on the University's South Campus in Pharmacy Building. The new building has state of the art teaching and research facilities for pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences. The school is part of the University's Academic Health Center (AHC) model, which includes the Schools of Dental Medicine, Health Related Professions, Nursing, Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Pharmacy.  Students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories, "smart" classrooms, and centers for research that are among the finest in the world, all in a safe, close-knit setting.  Thanks to a 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, SPPS students work side-by-side with faculty who have established a reputation for excellence in scholarship, teaching, clinical activities, and research. It’s all part of an educational environment based on community and teamwork, with students, alumni, and faculty working together to create an atmosphere of active collaboration, professional development, and mentorship.

Financial Aid / Tuition

Education at UB is an excellent value as a public university.  US citizens can apply for financial aid by filling out a FASFA.  Students may also qualify for additional scholarships: we offer $350,000 in competitive scholarships annually, thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, and various organizations/corporations.


Incoming freshmen entering UB directly from high school who indicate pharmacy as their major are automatically admitted into our PharmD program through our prestigious Early Assurance (EA) program. Students complete two years of pre-pharmacy coursework followed by four years in the professional program (2+4=6). There are no additional high school GPA or SAT/ACT requirements. EA is not the sole route into our PharmD program - all other applicants must provide PCAT scores, recommendation letters, a personal statement, and a list of experiences.

Other Cool Facts

Our PharmD program prepares students to be experts on drug therapy and work directly with patients.  Applicants are attracted by the excellence of our PharmD and pharmaceutical sciences degrees as well as our dual/collaborative degrees (PharmD/MBA, PharmD/JD, PharmD/MPH, PharmD/PhD, and PharmD/MS).  These programs include quality staff, students, graduates, and faculty.  Our faculty are dedicated to pharmacotherapy research in areas such as infectious disease, transplantation, oncology, neurology, geriatrics, cardiovascular, medical imaging, critical care, therapeutic drug-drug interactions, development of biological therapies and medication adherence. Our top 20 AACP ranking for extramural funding is another strong indicator of our ability to create innovative scholarly experiences for our students.

Our programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences prepare students to develop treatments to prevent disease and improve health.  Applicants are attracted by our cutting-edge undergraduate (BS and BS/MS) and graduate (MS and PhD) programs in pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and biopharmaceutics, which are considered the best in the world!  Graduate programs in pharmaceutical sciences provide training in aspects of drug action including drug analysis, delivery, toxicity and mechanisms of effect.  Research involves drug discovery, pharmacometrics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacology, and pharmacogenetics.

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