Graduate Admissions

Graduate Program Virtual Information Session

Join the University at Buffalo Biological Sciences Department on Tuesday, December 18th at 3:00 p.m for a graduate programs virtual information session. The webinar will feature two current graduate students, Nicole Wong and Haniam Maria, who will discuss their experiences as students in the program. We will discuss their research and experience within the department, life as a graduate student, and admissions requirements. This is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions of current students in our program, especially as deadlines for the program approach. Register to attend here.

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Application deadlines for our graduate programs are:

  • PhD Fall enrollment: January 2 deadline.
  • MS Fall enrollment:  
    • January 2 early deadline for fellowship consideration.
    • April 2 final deadline.
  • BA/MS Fall graduate enrollment:  January 8 deadline.
  • MA Spring enrollment: December 15 deadline.
  • MA Fall enrollment: June 30 deadline.

Applicants to the program submit the following:

  • Personal Statement (for instructions, see below under your program)
  • Transcripts from every college attended
  • GRE scores (Institution code 2925, Department code 0203)
    • The GRE is optional in some cases. Please see below under your program.
  • Email addresses of three people who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation
    • After you submit the application, the three recommenders will receive emails with instructions for uploading letters.

 International applicants also provide the following:

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS

Special Instructions for our PhD Program

Applications must be received by January 2 for full consideration for fellowships and assistantships.

The personal statement (750-1000 words) should discuss why you are interested in earning a PhD in Biology, what personal experiences have shaped this interest, and what research topics you would like to pursue for your PhD research project.  Please discuss faculty members with whom you would like to study and how their research intersects with your interests.

Special Instructions for the MS Program

Applications must be received by January 2 to be considered for Department Teaching Fellowships and the University Schomburg Fellowship.  To be considered in the second round of review, applications must be received by April 2.

The personal statement (750-1000 words) should discuss why you are interested in earning an MS degree in Biology, what personal experiences have shaped this interest, and what research topics you would like to pursue for your MS research project.  Please discuss faculty members with whom you would like to study and how their research intersects with your interests.

Special Instructions for the BA/MS Program

Applications must be received by January 8 to commence the graduate portion of the degree in the following fall semester.

To be eligible for the BA/MS program, applicants must be current UB juniors majoring in Biological Sciences with a GPA ≥ 3.2.  In addition, applicants should be on track to complete the five core biology courses (BIO 200, 201, 203, 205, 319) by the second semester of their junior year.

GRE scores are optional for the BA/MS program.

The personal statement (750-1000 words) should discuss why you are interested in earning this degree, what personal experiences have shaped this interest, and what research topics you would like to pursue for your MS research project.  Please discuss faculty members with whom you would like to study and how their research intersects with your interests.

Special Instructions for the MA program

MA applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We accept applications until December 15 for the spring term and June 30 for the fall term.  Early submission may increase the chance of acceptance.

Standardized test scores are not required for MA applicants who 1) earned a Bachelor’s degree with a life science major at UB and 2) have a cumulative GPA ≥ 3.2.

Other professional exam scores, such as an MCAT or DAT, may be submitted in place of the GRE.

The personal statement (750-1000 words) should discuss your ultimate career goals, your experiences that shaped this interest, and how the MA program will help you achieve these goals.  You should also discuss topics you would like to pursue as an MA project and why these topics are of interest to you.