Graduate students have a major role in SUNY Upstate's progressive approach to research.
From the start, graduate students focus on research. Through their immediate work in labs and their on-going interactions with Principal Investigators, our students explore some of the most intriguing questions in the biomedical sciences.
PhD students, in particular, have great flexibility in charting their future. As part of the curriculum, they are exposed to a variety of research projects before choosing which program will ultimately bestow their degree.
PhD Degree OverviewThe PhD program - including research, didactic course work, and successful defense of a dissertations - is intended to be completed in four to six years.
- PhD Degree: First Year
- PhD Degree Second Year
- PhD Degree: Later Years
- General Timeline for Doctoral Students
By the start of the second year, most PhD students have begun work on the research project that will lead to their dissertation.
Three programs in the College of Graduate Studies offer master's degrees. Students enter these programs directly: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Pharmacology; and Physiology.