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How to Apply to SUNY Upstate Biomedical Science Programs

In these pages, you will find the guidelines on How to Apply for the College of Graduate Studies PhD and Masters Programs. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, Sam Castleberry, at castlebs@upstate.edu, or by dialing 315-464-4543 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.

Transforming students...

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, and Pharmacology.

When the SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Office of Admissions receives a completed application, our staff 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. In a holistic review process, we consider the applicant as a whole individual rather than select parts, such as GPA or test scores. In doing so, we evaluate applicants based on who will contribute to the SUNY Upstate Medical University’s academic community in meaningful ways. Holistic review takes into account factors such as a student’s strength of coursework, research experience, academic and extracurricular interests, background, and personality. By evaluating an application from a holistic perspective, we take the time to get to know applicants as people, not as numbers.

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