Frequently Asked Questions

When will the SUNY-Stony Brook School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SBU SPPS) be able to enroll students into the program?
The new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Stony Brook is waiting for accreditation from ACPE as well as approval by the NY State Education Department. Following New York State regulations, we cannot officially enroll students at the School until we receive both approvals. The School is on track but the approvals are not guaranteed.

What are the criteria for admission?
Your academic achievements (Science and Math GPA, your overall GPA, and prerequisite course grades), your communication skills, special achievements, work and health care experience, extra-curricular activity, and motivation to study pharmacy, are all considered during the admissions process.

How do I apply for admission to the SBU SPPS?
We participate in the electronic Pharmacy College Application Service known as PharmCAS. All applications must be submitted through PharmCAS. Letters of recommendation, transcripts, and PCAT results must be submitted directly to PharmCAS. The online application can be found here.

Is a bachelor’s degree required to be admitted into the SBU SPPS?
Having a degree will certainly make an applicant more competitive for admission, but no, a bachelor’s degree is preferred, not required for admission. However, everyone must complete all the required prerequisite courses prior to matriculation.

What else is required when applying?
Additional information regarding the admission process and criteria can be found here. In short, admission to the SBU SPPS shall be based on a holistic review of the application and include the following:

  • Although not a requirement, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, is preferred.
  • An average overall and science/math GPA of 3.0 is preferred; the required minimum is 2.5
  • No grade lower than a C (or 70% if letter grades are not assigned) in any required pre-pharmacy course.
  • The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). No minimum score is required, but the PCAT must be taken within the previous 3 years prior to fall admission.
  • Official transcripts submitted to PharmCAS from all universities and colleges attended by the student.
  • A day-long, on-campus interview. The interview will incorporate different activities, including participating in a Team-based Learning (TBL) activity, meeting faculty, and Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs).
  • Successfully passing a criminal background check and urine drug screen. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will review any positive results and make admission decisions on a case-by-case basis. Falsification of information on the PharmCAS or supplemental application, criminal background check, or drug screen will be grounds for denial of acceptance or dismissal from the program.
  • A supplemental application is required.
  • Must meet the School of Pharmacy Technical Performance Standards.

What is the Supplemental Application Fee and is it refundable?
The fee is $70 and will be paid electronically direct to SBU through a link on the school website.   The application fee is non-refundable.

Is there a deposit to hold a place in the class?
Yes, a $500 deposit is required within 3 weeks of the date of the offer letter. The deposit is refundable if the request to have the deposit returned is received in writing to the School by April 1st previous to the fall semester.

What are the prerequisites courses and how long does it generally take to complete the prerequisites required to be admitted into the SBU SPPS PharmD program?
A list of all the prerequisite courses can be found on our website and on our school page on the PharmCAS School Directory. It generally takes between three to four (3-4) years of full-time coursework to take all of the prerequisites (68–74 SCH).

What is the time limit on credit for prerequisite courses?
In general, all courses must have been completed within seven years preceding matriculation into the pharmacy school; the preferred time frame for math and science courses is within five years. Case by case exceptions, for example, applicants with older coursework or who are working in the health care field, may be considered upon review of a student's full application and any advanced level coursework in the sciences that has been completed. Applicants wanting to request an exemption to the prerequisite or other requirements must request and complete an Exemption Request Form from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

I will not be able to finish all the required courses before school starts. Can I take prerequisites after I start school?
No. All required courses must be completed prior to the first day of new student orientation. Please note that enrolling in certain courses, such as biochemistry, human anatomy, and human physiology, can be highly competitive. We suggest you plan to complete those type of courses as soon as possible.

Do you accept online or distance learning courses?
Yes, but some courses such as public speaking and the science courses which require a lab component cannot be taken online or through distance education.

Should I still apply for admission if my grade point average does not meet the average recommended or if it is only just above the minimum of 2.5?
Admission to SUNY Stony Brook is competitive and consideration of your grade point average is only one factor among many that is taken account of when your application is evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Competition is expected to vary each year and will depend upon the strength and size of the applicant pool, so you should not base your decision to apply solely on your GPA.

What major should I take as an undergraduate to best prepare for Rx?
No specific undergraduate major is preferred for admission into the SBU SPPS. However, biological or basic science majors allow you to complete the majority of pre-pharmacy prerequisites and complete a baccalaureate degree at the same time. Science majors that allow you the most flexibility in completing the prerequisites and requirements for a degree include biochemistry, biology, and pharmacological sciences.

Do I have to attend Stony Brook University to be admitted into the SBU SPPS?
No, you do not need to complete your prerequisites at Stony Brook University. You can complete the prerequisite requirements at any regionally accredited two or four year institution.

Are the admissions requirements for In-State or Out-of-State students the same?
The admission requirements for domestic students, whether in-state or out-of-state are the same. The primary difference is the residency requirement(s) and out-of-state tuition. However, the out-of-state tuition at SBU SPPS compares favorably with most private colleges in the northeast.

Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy have different curricula and require a different number of years to graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. Different examples are 0+6, 2+4, 2+3, 3+4 and 4+4. What is it at SBU SPPS?
Students admitted into the SBU SPPS are generally 3+4 or 4+4. This means that a bachelor’s degree or higher has been achieved before admission, or that all the prerequisites courses have been completed. Once admitted, the pharmacy curriculum is 4 years.

Do you accept international students?
At this time, we are not eligible to issue an F1 visa for the PharmD. Only once we receive our pre-candidate status from ACPE for the PharmD program, will we be able to proceed with the appropriate immigration process to be approved to host F-1 students. If you have any questions regarding immigration status you can connect with Visa and Immigration Services at

Will the SBU SPPS accept transfer RX students?
Unfortunately, we will not be accepting pharmacy transfer students who have started their pharmacy curriculum. Each pharmacy curriculum is unique and information is provided at different times during the curriculum. Second, the students at Stony Brook School of Pharmacy will be taking their classes during the first 18 months with the medical and/or dental medicine students. This is a very unique experience that probably cannot be duplicated in any other School of Pharmacy in the country. If you are early in your pharmacy curriculum and would be willing to start your program again (i.e., start over with the first year curriculum), you can apply through PharmCAS with other students for a seat in the School.

Do I need to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and what is the minimum score I need to be admitted into the SBU SPPS?
The PCAT is required for admission into the SPPS. Go to the PCAT website to learn how and when to sign up to take the PCAT. However, at present, there is no minimum score to be admitted. Because the School is new, we don’t have experience with minimum scores and prediction of pharmacy school success. However, experience has shown that successful students generally score higher than the 40th percentile in the composite score. Your PCAT test must be no older than 3 years prior to Fall admission. If you successfully apply for admission under the Early Pharmacy Interview and Admission Program the PCAT will be waived.

Is an on-campus interview required for admission to the SBU SPPS?
Yes, an on-campus, full-day interview is required for admission to the SBU SPPS. The interview will incorporate different activities, including participating in a Team-based Learning (TBL) activity, meeting faculty, and Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs). MMIs consist of a series of interview questions, such as an ethical dilemma or a hypothetical healthcare scenario.

Are there opportunities to come to campus and learn more about the program?
Yes, we will be hosting various information sessions, webinars, and open house opportunities. Please e-mail us at for upcoming event dates.

If I am a Certified Pharmacy Technician (PTCB) am I ready for Pharmacy school at SBU SPPS?
Students are “ready” for pharmacy school at SBU SPPS when they have completed all of the prerequisite courses and admission requirements. Another important “readiness” factor is maturity. A student’s maturity will be ascertained during the formal, onsite interview and via letters of recommendation. A baccalaureate degree is also preferred for the SBU SPPS because an undergraduate degree has been shown to improve readiness. Unfortunately, while some of your experiences as a certified pharmacy technician will help you prepare, on its own, it does not assure readiness.

Is it possible to get a PharmD/PhD as a dual major?
At present the SBU SPPS will focus on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. The School of Pharmacy will not have a PhD degree for at least five years. Taking a PhD in another department or school is possible, but it is not recommended. Most students who want both degrees will complete them sequentially (i.e., PharmD first then PhD or vice versa) rather than at the same time because of the rigor of both programs.

Can I enter the program at different semesters?
No, we admit one class per year, during Fall.

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