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Transforming Students from Consumers of Knowledge into Producers of Knowledge

College of Graduate Studies

Pursue Your Graduate Degree at SUNY Upstate

SUNY Upstate Medical University's College of Graduate Studies awards Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in various Biomedical Research Programs. The College of Graduate Studies is part of an academic medical center, one of only 140 in the country, and is home to a well-funded, interdisciplinary research enterprise.

This is a forward-thinking university that fosters a supportive environment as it maintains high standards of intellectual excellence. Our graduate students in the biomedical sciences enjoy a student-faculty ratio of nearly one-to-one. Our students consistently praise the individual attention they receive from their advisors, and they also enjoy mentoring from upper-level graduate students and other researchers across campus.

Right from the start, graduate students are empowered to make the best choices for their future careers. They choose three lab rotations in their first year before deciding on a faculty research advisor and lab. They are given responsibility for their research projects and take ownership of their work. Soon, our students transition from consumers of information to producers of information, on their track to a career in research.

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Available PhD Programs

Students seeking a PhD in a Biomedical Science field apply for admission to the general undeclared Biomedical Science program.

These degree-granting programs include:

Available Master of Science Programs

Students seeking a Master’s in a Biomedical Science field apply directly to the program of their choosing.

These degree granting programs include:

MD/PhD Program

Students applying to the MD/PhD Program will submit both an AMCAS application as well as a SUNY Upstate Medical University Secondary Application.


The College of Graduate Studies at SUNY Upstate Medical University welcomes ambitious and talented students interested in pursuing an exciting career in Biomedical Sciences to apply to one of our programs. We offer 6 PhD and 4 MS programs, each with their own unique set of application requirements. We highly encourage prospective students to review these requirements prior to applying.

Once your application is complete, our admissions committee begins a comprehensive, holistic review. This is done without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or marital status.


Admissions Deadlines

Jan 1, 2024

PhD Applicants

Formal applications for the doctoral program for domestic or international students and all supporting documents, including all references letters, MUST be received by January 1

How to Apply: PhD

May 1, 2024

MS Applicants

Formal applications for the master’s program for domestic or international students and all supporting documents, including all reference letters, MUST be received by May 1.

How to Apply: MS