How to Apply

Institution Code: 2547

Contact information for
Application Submissions

Email:, Krystal Smith, Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
Mailing Address: Office of Student Admissions
SUNY Upstate Medical University
766 Irving Avenue
217 Weiskotten Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210
Telephone: (315) 464-7719, (315) 464-4538, or Toll Free at 1-866-951-5718

Step-by-step application instructions

  • Visit the Online Application website
  • 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
    • Graduate Studies - Masters
  • Fill in all required information

Pre-advisement appointments are available to help in applying to PhD, Masters, or the MD/PhD Program in-person or over the phone. Email Krystal Smith at to set up an appointment.

Application Timeline and Deadlines

Doctoral Programs

The Biomedical Sciences PhD Program application deadline for full consideration is January 15th. Requests for submitting an application beyond this date will be considered until the class is full. Please email the Coordinator for Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, Krystal Smith, at to request permission to submit an application beyond January 15th.

Selected students will be invited to visit campus for recruitment days in late February or early March.

*All students interested in the Biomedical Sciences PhD Program apply to the undeclared program. If accepted, their first year at Upstate includes core classes and three lab rotations, of the student's choosing, before deciding on a research program, lab, and mentor.

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

Masters Programs

The four Biomedical Science Master's Programs in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Physiology have an application deadline of April 1st. Please email the Coordinator for Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, Krystal Smith, at to request permission to submit an application beyond April 1st.

MD/PhD Program

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

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
  • 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. GRE Advanced Subject Test is suggested, but not required.
  • 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 directly from the recommender to but MUST be on college letterhead and signed with a pen signature or electronic signature.
  • 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.

International Applicants

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 External Icon.

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

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

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.

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 & Inclusion, 711 Jacobsen Hall, 315 464-5234