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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: biosci@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

*Applicants interested in Upstate's Clinical programs, such as Behavior Analysis, Clinical Perfusion, Medical Technology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, or Public Health, should contact admiss@upstate.edu for more information.

Institution Code: 2547

Step-by-step application instructions

  • Visit the Online Application website
  • Click 'First Time User Account Creation'
  • Fill in name and email address information
  • Create a new application
  • Under 'Graduate Programs' menu choose:
    • Graduate Studies - PhD
    • Graduate Studies - Masters
  • Fill in all required information

Pre-advisement appointments are available to potential applicants interested in the Ph.D., M.S., or combined M.D./Ph.D. programs. To schedule a pre-advisement appointment, please email the College of Graduate Studies at  biosci@upstate.edu.

Application Timeline and Deadlines

Doctoral Programs (Ph.D.)

The Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Program application deadline for full consideration is January 15th. Requests for submitting an application beyond this date will be considered until the class is full. Please email the College of Graduate Studies at biosci@upstate.edu to request permission to submit an application beyond January 15th.

Selected students will be invited to visit campus for recruitment 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 April 1st. Please email the College of Graduate Studies at biosci@upstate.edu to request permission to submit an application beyond April 1st. 

Admissions Requirements for the Biomedical Sciences PhD 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.


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Veteran Applicants

SUNY Upstate is proud to waive the Upstate application fee for US Veterans and/or Active Duty Military! Instructions on how to submit a waiver are provided within the application. If you have any questions regarding this waiver, please email admiss@upstate.edu and indicate your program of interest.