Application Process for Graduate Programs

Thank you for your interest in SUNY Upstate Medical University. The webpages for our graduate programs outline information about the programs, pre-requisite courses and the application process:

Physician Assistant (MS): Fall entry only. The CASPA application opens in April.  The link to the supplemental application will be e-mailed to each applicant upon submission of the CAPSA application.  December 1 is the CASPA application deadline and January 15 is the deadline for SUNY Upstate Supplemental application and all supporting materials. Admission is rolling. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline.

Nursing (MS): Fall entry only. The NursingCAS application opens October 15 for fall 2015 and the deadline is February 1. The link to the supplemental application will be e-mailed to each applicant upon submission of the NursingCAS application. The supplemental application deadline is March 10. Admission is rolling.

For North Country distance learning applicants for the spring 2015 semester, the NursingCAS deadline is November 1.

Nursing (Post Masters Certificate): The NursingCAS application opens October 15 for fall 2015 and the deadline is February 1. The link to the supplemental application will be e-mailed to each applicant upon submission of the NursingCAS application. The supplemental application deadline is March 10.

Nursing (DNP): Fall entry only. The NursingCAS application opens October 15 for fall 2015 and the deadline is February 1. The link to the supplemental application will be e-mailed to each applicant upon submission of the NursingCAS application. The supplemental application deadline is March 10. Admission is rolling.

Medical Technology (MS): The Medical Technoogy Masters application opens in September.  Admission is rolling.

Public Health (MPH/Certificate): Fall entry only. The Public Health MS and Certificate application open in September.  The deadline for applications and the postmark for supporting documents is April 30.  Priority will be given to those who apply and provide all requested materials by March 1. Admission is rolling.

Physical Therapy (DPT): Fall entry only.
For regular admission applicants (college seniors and college graduates):
The PTCAS application opens in July and the deadline is December 15.  The link to the supplemental application will be e-mailed to each applicant upon submission of the PTCAS application starting in August.  The supplemental application and all supporting materials are due no later than February 1. Admission is rolling. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline. 

For high school seniors applying Early Admission (3+3 or 4+3):   The 3+3 and 4+3 applications opens September 1. While the deadline is February 1, we recommend applicants submit their application by early January.  All supporting documents must be post-marked by February 1.

Medicine (MD): Fall entry only. October 15 is the AMCAS application deadline and December 1 is the SUNY Upstate Supplemental application deadline. The link to the supplemental application will be e-mailed to each applicant upon submission of the AMCAS application. 

College of Graduate Studies (MS and PhD): There are no application deadlines for the Doctoral (PhD) and Masters of Science (MS) programs in the College of Graduate Studies, though the recommended deadline is February 15th. Review of applications begins early December. For PhD applications, priority will be given to those applying before April 1st.


Notes and recommendations for applicants to Upstate's graduate degree programs:

  • Pre-advisement sessions are available for students who would like to meet with an Admissions Advisor to discuss transfer credit and the application process. Sessions are optional, not required. Schedule a pre-advisement session to meet with an Admissions Advisor to learn about discuss transfer credit and the application process.
  • Review the prerequisite courses for your intended program as outlined on the program's webpage. Applicants do not need to have all the pre-requisites completed to apply but all prerequisites must be completed by the time the program begins.
  • With the exception of Nursing (MS), all programs require an interview as part of the application process. Interviews are by invitation only. The Admissions Committee meets several weeks after the interview to make a decision on the applicant's application. Decisions are sent out via e-mail.
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