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How to Apply

Contact information for Ph.D., M.S., and M.D./Ph.D 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) 464-4570 or Toll Free at 1-866-951-5718

Institution Code: 2547

Step-by-step application instructions

  • Visit the Online Application website
  • Create an Account for first-time users
  • Select the College of Graduate Studies Application
  • Select either MS or PhD to begin the application

Application Timeline and Deadlines

Doctoral Programs (Ph.D.)

The Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Program application deadline for full consideration is February 1st. Requests for submitting an application beyond this date will be considered until the class is full. Please email the College of Graduate Studies at admiss@upstate.edu to request permission to submit a late application.

Selected students will be invited to attend accepted students days in late February or early March.

*All students interested in the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program apply to the undeclared program. If accepted, their first year at Upstate includes core classes and three lab rotations, of the student's choosing, before deciding on a research program, lab, and mentor.

Admissions Requirements for the Biomedical Sciences PhD can be found here.

Masters Programs (M.S.) 

The three Biomedical Science Masters Programs in Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Pharmacology have an application deadline of May 1st. Please email the College of Graduate Studies at admiss@upstate.edu to request permission to submit a late application. 

Admissions Requirements for the Biomedical Sciences MS can be found here.

M.D./Ph.D. Program

If you are interested in applying to the M.D./Ph.D. Program, visit the MD/PhD Program program page for details. 

Financial Information

All PhD students, both domestic and international, receive a competitive 12-month stipend and a full tuition waiver. This is a research assistantship and does not require teaching by the student.

For more information regarding stipend, tuition or program costs, please refer to: Stipends, Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid.

International Applicants

To hear from current, international students in the Biomedical Sciences PhD or Masters programs, please visit our Global Ambassadors Page to speak with one of the SUNY Upstate College of Graduate Studies Global Ambassadors.

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


SUNY Upstate Medical University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, creed, age, national origin, disability, marital status or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty or staff; in the recruitment of students, or in the operation of any programs or activities, as specified by federal and state laws and regulations. For more information contact: Office of Diversity & Inclusion, 705 Jacobsen Hall, 315 464-5234

Veteran Applicants

SUNY Upstate, along with all 64 SUNY state-operated campuses, are proud to waive the application fee for US Veterans, Active Duty or Reserve military and their dependents! This waiver will cover the application fee for Upstate applications and SUNY applications (some programs do not require a SUNY application). Proof of military connection must be provided. Acceptable documents include: 

  • DD214 documents
  • Military Identification cards
  • A combination of documents providing proof of military connection and proof of dependence
    • Ex. Spouse's DD214 or ID Card and tax forms indicating you as a dependent. 

Please note, this is a NYS directive – it is for SUNY app and secondaries – it does not apply to AMCAS, CASPA, PTCAS, etc.

If you have any questions regarding application fee waivers, please email apply@upstate.edu and indicate your program of interest!