Office of Student Admissions, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Telephone: 315 464-4570
Student Admissions and Financial Aid Processing, SUNY Upstate Medeical University
155 Elizabeth Blackwell St, Rm 202 Campus Activities Building
Syracuse, NY 13210
For more information:
Contact Krystal Smith, Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
Telephone: 315 464-7719 or Toll free: 1-866-951-5718
College of Graduate Studies, SUNY Upstate Medical University

How to Apply to SUNY Upstate Biomedical Science Programs

You will find below the guidelines for applying to the College of Graduate Studies PhD and Masters Programs below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Coordinator of Recruitment and Admissions, Krystal Smith, at (315) 464-7719 or toll free at 1-866-951-5718.

Accepted students to the PhD Program enter through a general umbrella Biomedical Science program where they have great flexibility in charting their future. Their first year at Upstate includes core classes and three lab rotations, of the student's choosing, where they are exposed to a variety of research projects. The student then selects a mentor and becomes affiliated with a degree-granting program at the end of their first year. These degree-granting programs include Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Physiology.

Four programs in the College of Graduate Studies at Upstate Medical University offer MS degrees. Students enter these programs directly : Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology, Pharmacology, and Physiology.

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Application Timeline
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January 15, 2014 – Priority will be given to applications for the PhD program that are received by this date with all supporting materials including transcripts, recommendation letters, and test scores (GRE, TOEFL for international students, etc). The Admissions Committee begins to review applications, complete phone interviews, and accept students in December.

February 15, 2014 – All PhD applications should be completed with all supporting materials including transcripts, recommendation letters, and test scores (GRE, TOEFL for international students, etc) for Fall 2014 Admission.

March 2014 – On-Campus Recruitment Days

Required Materials
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Candidates for admission are selected on the basis of their record and qualifications for independent scholarship in a specialized field of study.

All PhD and Masters applicants should have:

  • Bachelor's degree or its equivalent
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00
  • Minimum combined GRE verbal and quantitative score of 295 or 1,000 in the old scoring system. Competitive applicants will have verbal and quantitative scores above the 40th and 50th percentile, respectively.
  • Three original Letters of Reference from people familiar with your academic record and potential for investigative research. Recommendation letters can be scanned and sent via email to but MUST be on college letterhead and signed with a pen signature or electronic signature. (Download 3 copies of the Recommendation Form PDF document)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
  • $40 Application Fee - Credit Cards accepted.
    Application Fee Waiver available upon request.

The current first year class average for undergraduate GPA and combined GRE scores are 3.59 and 311, respectively.

*Students from non-traditional undergraduate programs that do not provide a GPA are encouraged to apply.

Competitive applicants will have completed prior research experience and will have the following coursework**:

  • Biology, 1 year
  • Mathematics, 1 year
  • Chemistry, 1 year
  • Physics, 1 year

Competitive applicants should have prior research experience.

How to Apply
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After clicking on link above:

  • Click 'First Time User Account Creation'
  • Fill in name and email address information
  • Create a new application
  • Under 'Graduate Programs' menu choose:
    • Graduate Studies – PhD, or
    • Graduate Studies – Masters
  • Fill in all required information

International Applicants
International applicants click here for additional information.

An official copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required.

International students who have completed their undergraduate education abroad are recommended to have a course-by-course education credential evaluation completed by an approved agency to complete their application. SUNY Upstate recommends using World Education Services at


If you have previously applied to the College of Graduate Studies and were denied admission, you are welcome to reapply. You will need to submit:

  • A new application
  • At least one new letter of recommendation
  • New transcript if additional courses were taken since last application
  • Updated CV
  • Update personal statement with additional information describing growth since last time applying

If you applied within the last three years, with your written request, you may use your previous letters of recommendation in addition to the required new letter.

Only GRE's taken within the last 5 years are acceptable

Applicants are discouraged from reapplying unless their qualifications have significantly improved.

Post-advisement from the Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, Krystal Smith, is recommended. She can be reached at (315) 464-7719 or Setting up a phone appointment may be necessary.

Financial Information
Important financial information.

All PhD students, both domestic and international, receive a competitive 12-month stipend of $22,845 and a full tuition waiver. This is a research assistantship and does not require teaching by the student.

For more information regarding stipend, tuition or program costs, please refer to: Stipends, Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid.

Email and Mailing Addresses
Our contact information for submitting completed applications.

Email:, Krystal Smith – Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions

Mailing Address: Office of Student Admissions
SUNY Upstate Medical University
155 Elizabeth Blackwell Street
202 Campus Activities Building
Syracuse, NY 13210

Telephone: (315) 464-7719, (315) 464-4538, or Toll Free at 1-866-951-5718

Additional Information
Additional important information.

Recruitment Dates

PhD applicants that are accepted are invited to, but not required, to attend our recruitment date scheduled in March 2014. This visit gives the accepted student an opportunity to visit Syracuse and Upstate Medical University, meet with faculty, current students, and other accepted students.

If you have difficulty acessing the online application (above), please contact the college office: 315 464-7719.

SUNY Upstate Medical University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, creed, age, national origin, disability, marital status or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty or staff; in the recruitment of students, or in the operation of any programs or activities, as specified by federal and state laws and regulations. For more information contact: Office of Diversity & Affirmative Action, 711 Jacobsen Hall, 315 464-5234

Application Deadlines

Doctoral and Masters Programs

There are no application deadlines for the Doctoral (PhD) and Masters of Science (MS) programs in the College of Graduate Studies. However, for PhD applications, priority will be given to those completed by January 15. For entrance in the following fall, PhD applications should be completed by February 15, and Masters applications by March 1.

MD/PhD Program

If you are interested in applying to the MD/PhD Program, please see the MD/PhD Program page for details.