Admission Requirements

Contact information for
Application Submissions

Sam Castleberry, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
Mailing Address: Office of Student Admissions
SUNY Upstate Medical University
766 Irving Avenue
1213 Weiskotten Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210
Telephone: (315) 464-4543, (315) 464-4538, or Toll Free at 1-866-951-5718

Required Materials

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.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. The institutional code is 2547.
    • GRE Subject Tests in the sciences are recommended. 
    • Please note that it may take roughly 10-14 days for electronic GRE scores to be uploaded once the request has been made through ETS. 
  • The average GPA for the incoming Fall 2018 class is 3.5 and the average cumulative GRE is 313; however, we holistically review applications with a wide range of scores and GPAs.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
  • Three original letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic record and potential for investigative research. These can be emailed or mailed from the recommender to or to:

Student Admissions and
Financial Aid Processing
SUNY Upstate Medical University
766 Irving Avenue
1213 Weiskotten Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210

Competitive applicants will have completed prior research experience and will have the following coursework OR have majored in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematic field:
  • Biology, 1 year
  • Mathematics, 1 year
  • Chemistry, 1 year
  • Physics, 1 year

Application Fee

Our application fee is $40.00 for both the PhD and MS programs. Applicants will be directed to a payment screen once they submit their online applications.

International Applicants

An official copy of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required.

To hear from current, international students in the Biomedical Sciences PhD or Master's programs, please visit our Global Ambassadors Page to speak with one of the SUNY Upstate College of Graduate Studies Global Ambassadors.


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

If you are interested in reapplying, please contact Sam Castleberry, the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, for a post-advisement appointment. Post-advisement is recommended. Sam can be reached at (315) 464-4543 or Setting up a phone appointment may be necessary.

See our Frequently Asked Questions regarding Admissions, Stipends, etc.