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Admission Requirements


Contact information for Application Submissions

The College of Graduate Studies

Email: admiss@upstate.edu
Mailing Address:

Office of Student Admissions
SUNY Upstate Medical University
766 Irving Avenue
1213 Weiskotten Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210
Telephone: (315) 464-4538 or Toll Free at 1-866-951-5718

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 Ph.D. and Masters applicants should have:

  • Bachelor's degree or its equivalent.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores recommended but not required. The institutional code is 2547. 
    • Please note that it may take roughly 10-14 days for electronic GRE scores to be uploaded once the request has been made through ETS. 
  • The average GPA for the incoming Fall 2020 class is 3.5 and the average cumulative GRE is 313; however, we holistically review applications with a wide range of scores and GPAs.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
  • Three original letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic record and potential for investigative research. Applicants will submit their references when filling out their application for admission. Reference writers will receive instructions on how to submit their reference electronically.

Competitive applicants will have completed prior research experience and will have the following coursework OR have majored in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematic field:
  • Biology, 1 year
  • Mathematics, 1 year
  • Chemistry, 1 year
  • Physics, 1 year

Application Fee

Our application fee is $40.00 for both the Ph.D. and M.S. programs. Applicants will be sent the link to pay the application upon submission of the application. Please note this fee can take a few days to process. If requesting a fee waiver, please do so in writing to apply@upstate.edu

International Applicants

An official copy of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required.

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
  • Updated 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.

If you are interested in reapplying and would like a post-advisement appointment please visit: https://engage.upstate.edu/portal/tanner

See our Frequently Asked Questions regarding Admissions, Stipends, etc.