Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Students enter with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Upstate offers master’s and/or doctoral degrees in Medicine, Nursing, Biomedical Sciences, Cardiovascular Perfusion, Public Health, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Medical Technology, as well as dual degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH).


Our medical students learn in an academic medical center setting that includes a Level-1 trauma center, children’s hospital, cancer center and biomedical research enterprise. The curriculum emphasizes clinical relevance from the start, leading to rewarding clerkships starting in third year. Our “match rate” for graduating students into medical residency programs is consistently higher than the national average. Learn more >>


Upstate is the only nursing program in the area that is part of an academic medical university, and the first in the region to start a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. We offer part-time and full-time and flexible scheduling for working nurses. Some classes offer a combination of in-person and online instruction. Tuition assistance is available for RNs working at Upstate. Learn more >>

Biomedical Sciences

Ph.D. students receive a tuition waiver and a stipend each year. First-year lab rotations allow time to choose a program and a Faculty Research Advisor. The cohort size of 25 or fewer students each year fosters individual attention in a supportive environment. Advanced core facilities and collaboration with other universities provide access to the latest investigative techniques. Master’s degrees are offered in some programs. Learn more >>

Cardiovascular Perfusion

Perfusionists use special equipment during cardiac surgery to keep a patient alive while the patient’s heart is stopped for repair. Our students handle 30 to 40 simulated cases before performing more than 150 clinical cases at our affiliated hospitals. Learn more >>

Physical Therapy

Our students have short-term, integrated clinical experiences plus 36 weeks of full-time clinicals in four different practice settings. We have strong performance on licensing exams and excellent job placement. Our graduates consistently score higher than New York State and national average on first-time and ultimate passing rates on licensing exams. Learn more >>

Physician Assistant

The PA profession is one of the fastest growing in the country. PAs have backgrounds in nursing, emergency medicine, the military, sports medicine, exercise physiology and other fields. Our students serve clinical rotations primarily in rural or medically underserved communities during the 12-month clinical phase of the 27-month program. Learn more >>

Public Health

Public health professionals assess causes of health problems and develop prevention and treatment methods. They are at the forefront of investigating problems such as the Zika Virus, lead poisoning, gun violence, disaster preparedness, obesity and social issues associated with poverty. Our Master of Public Health students come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Learn more >>

Medical Technology

This master’s degree program is designed for students wishing to advance in one of two specialized fields – hematology or microbiology. Learn more >>

Dual Degrees

The MD/PhD program trains future physician-scientists who combine clinical practice with biomedical research to understand and treat disease. The program takes about seven years, and includes a tuition waiver and stipend throughout. Medical students can also pursue the MD/MPH (Master of Public Health) degree. It is possible to complete both in five years, instead of the six it would take to complete each separately. Learn more >>