Prospective Students

Useful Application Information
Tracks of Study
Master of Science (MS)
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Fellowships
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Our program has a long history of working with incoming students to develop academic training plans tailored to their needs.  We admit both traditional and non-traditional students, with the latter being returning students from medicine, industry, and government agencies. 


Applications to all of the degree programs listed above must be completed through SOPHAS.

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Applications for Fall Admission are due by:

January 1 for PhD applicants
February 1 for MPH, and
March 15 for MS applicants

The following codes should be used by applicants to submit test scores to SOPHAS:

GRE:   4216
TOEFL:   5688

Application Requirements:

Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
Transcripts from each Institution you have attended
GRE
TOEFL (International Students only)
Resume/CV
Supplemental Application for PhD Applicants only



Tracks of Study

The Department of Biomedical Sciences comprises four tracks or programs:

Molecular Genetics (MG)

The Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Wadsworth Center offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Molecular Genetics (MG). This program brings together scientists studying the structure and function of genes and the roles they play in fundamental biological processes and human genetic diseases. Faculty within the Molecular Genetics Program investigate the molecular biology and genetics of humans as well as mice, Drosophila, yeast, archaea, bacteria and phage. Areas of scientific interest include development, cell cycle, mobile genetic elements, recombination, RNA splicing, transcription, and viral replication. Click here to look at the current PhD Plans of Study. For more information on the faculty of the Molecular Genetics Department, go to the MG faculty page. Please feel free to contact track director Dr. Douglas Conklin with any questions.

Structural and Cell Biology (SCB)

The Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Wadsworth Center offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Structural and Cell Biology. Researchers in this track focus on functional and structural aspects of subcellular organelles, macromolecular complexes and biomolecules and their relationship to disease. The program consists of cutting edge research in laboratories studying cell division and motility, glycoprotein and carbohydrate metabolism, drug resistance and carcinogenesis, protein translation and ribosome structure, hormone receptors and signal transduction, among others. Research makes use of state-of-the-art techniques and facilities in structural, cell and molecular biology. The broad spectrum of research carried out in the Structural and Cell Biology program results in a unique environment that fosters interdisciplinary collaborations and provides students the opportunity to learn and apply modern techniques of cell biology and biophysics. Click here to look at the current PhD Plans of Study. For information about the faculty in the Structural and Cell Biology Track please see the SCB faculty page. Please feel free to contact track director Dr. Joachim Jaeger with any questions.

Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID)

The Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Wadsworth Center offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID). This program is highly integrated, bringing together scientists who use cell and structural biology, biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, and genetics to study the mechanisms by which hosts encounter, restrain, and destroy pathogens, as well as how pathogens can successfully outwit and evade their host. Faculty within the Immunology and Infectious Diseases Program investigate both fundamental and applied questions pertaining to human disease. Click here to look at the current PhD Plans of Study. For more information about our faculty, go to the IID faculty page. Please feel to contact the track directors Dr. William Lee or Dr. Kathleen McDonough with any questions.

Neuroscience (NEU)

The Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Wadsworth Center offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Neuroscience. This program brings together scientists applying biochemical, molecular, anatomical, and physiological approaches to the study of the nervous system in both health and disease. Areas of scientific interest include neural development and plasticity, neurogenetics and gene therapy, CNS implants, interfacing CNS cells to nanofabricated devices, neurotoxicity, and brain-computer interfacing. Faculty within the Neuroscience program investigate fundamental and applied questions pertaining to the function of the brain and spinal cord. Click here to look at the current PhD Plans of Study. For more information on the faculty of the Neuroscience program, go to the Neuroscience faculty page. Please feel free to contact track director Dr. Valerie Bolivar with any questions.




Applicants to the MS, MPH and PhD programs in Biomedical Sciences are expected to meet the below listed criteria for admission.

 

The below criteria are used as general guidelines, and may be modified in certain circumstances by the members of the Admissions Committee:

Master of Science (MS)

The Master of Science (MS) program offers a broad perspective on biomedical, clinical, and laboratory research with particular emphasis on analytic and quantitative skills. This "scientific research" focus distinguishes the MS degree from the MPH degree, which is more general. The program leading to the MS degree typically requires two years of full-time study, culminating in the completion of a masters thesis.  Click here for the current MS Program Plan of Study.

Basic Admission Criteria:

        Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing
Satisfactory records of achievement and scholarship
Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better

Typically our MS students have an undergraduate degree in either the biological, chemical, or physical sciences, or they have a demonstrated proficiency in these areas, in addition to mathematics, from a recognized college or university. 

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
All applicants must submit GRE scores to be considered for admission. The advanced test in biology, chemistry, or physics is recommended. 

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score on the TOEFL prior to being considered for admission. The minimal acceptable score is 600 on the paper-based test; 250 on the computer-based test; or 100 on the internet-based test.

Letters of Recommendation
All applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation prior to being considered for admission. Ideally, all three letters should be from former university professors. For candidates whose academic record predates the application by 5 years or more, supervisors may submit letters of recommendation.

Statement
All applicants must submit a statement explaining their motivation for the proposed course of study. The length of the statement may not exceed the limit indicated by SOPHAS in the application instructions. These statements are judged for grammar and spelling as well as for content.

The Admission Committee evaluates not only the academic preparation of candidates, but also the degree to which the candidate's goals are an appropriate fit for the program, as well.

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Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree designed to prepare graduates to tackle real public health problems, as practitioners who can apply their breadth of understanding as well as some degree of expertise and experience in at least one specific area of public health.

The School's interdisciplinary MPH degree program allows students to apply cutting edge scientific and technical knowledge to preventing disease and promoting wellness through organized community efforts. The diversity and complexity of today's public health concerns require practitioners who understand the political, ethical, economic, and scientific concerns involved in addressing the great challenges to the modern world. The school's unique focus on linking academic studies with a broad base of knowledge, skills and experience necessary to meet today's public health challenges. All students participate in at least two distinct public health internships.  Click here for the current MPH Student Handbook.

Basic Admission Criteria:

        Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing
Grade point average of 3.00 or better
One year of biology (either basic biology or physiology or microbiology).
One college level course in mathematics (algebra) or statistics
One semester of social sciences
Two semesters of chemistry

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
All applicants must submit GRE scores to be considered for admission.  Scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may be substituted for the GRE. 

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score on the TOEFL prior to be considered for admission. The minimum acceptable score is 600 on the paper-based test; 250 on the computer-based test; or 100 on the internet-based test.

Letters of Recommendation
All applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation prior to being considered for admission. At least one letter must be from a former university professor.

Statement
All applicants must submit a statement explaining why they wish to pursue a career in public health. The length of the statement may not exceed the limit indicated by SOPHAS in the application instructions. These statements are judged for grammar and spelling as well as for content.

The admissions committee evaluates not only the academic preparation of candidates, but the degree to which the candidate's goals are an appropriate fit for the program, as well.  

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program offers intensive laboratory and field training in biomedical sciences. In addition to this wet bench training, students develop research planning, communication, and quantitative skills required for successful leadership roles in academia, government, and industry. These scientific, planning, and communication foci distinguish the PhD degree from the MS degree, which is more general. The program leading to the PhD degree typically requires five years of full-time study, culminating in the completion of a doctoral dissertation.  Click here for the current PhD Program Plans of Study.

Basic Admission Criteria:

        Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing
Satisfactory records of achievement and scholarship
Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better

Typically our PhD students have an undergraduate degree in either the biological, chemical, or physical sciences, or they have a demonstrated proficiency in these areas, in addition to mathematics, from a recognized college or university. 

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
All applicants must submit GRE scores to be considered for admission. The advanced test in biology, chemistry, or physics is not required , but is highly recommended.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score on the TOEFL prior to being considered for admission. The minimal acceptable score is 600 on the paper-based test; 250 on the computer-based test; or 100 in the internet-based test.

Letters of Recommendation  
All applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation prior to being considered for admission. Ideally, all three letters should be from former university professors. For candidates whose academic record predates the application by 5 years or more, supervisors may submit letters of recommendation.

Statement
All applicants must submit a statement explaining their motivation for the proposed course of study. The length of the statement may not exceed the limit indicated by SOPHAS in the application instructions. These statements are judged for grammar and spelling as well as for content.

The Admissions Committee evaluates not only the academic preparation of candidates, but also the degree to which the candidate's goals are an appropriate fit for the program, as well.

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Fellowships

Graduate assistantships and full tuition scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to PhD students. Graduate assistantship stipends range from $22,700 to $26,000 per year. Most students are supported on faculty research grants by the end of their first year of full-time study. Students supported on assistantships and faculty research grants receive comprehensive health insurance.

Special fellowships awarded on a competitive basis are also available, and include monies for highly innovative projects and minority students.  The University at Albany offers a competitive, merit-based Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Scholarship to graduate students who will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their graduate or professional program.  Applicants must be United States citizens or have permanent residency, and must have completed an application for graduate study at the University. The Selection Committee will give special consideration to students who are of a race or ethnicity that is underrepresented in our graduate and professional programs, but will not make awards solely on that basis. Every applicant will be evaluated on his or her own merits.  The Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Scholarship deadline corresponds with applicant's departmental deadline for financial assistance (see admission pages for deadlines and requirements).  Click here for further details on eligibility criteria and application/nomination protocols.

An additional fellowship provided by the University at Albany is the Bridge to Doctorate Program. This program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a graduate fellowship and support program available to former Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) students or students graduating from LSAMP institutions with a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree. This program offers 2 full years of support, including a $30,000 per year stipend, health insurance, full tuition, support services and opportunities to attend an academic and/or professional workshop. Click here for the Bridge to Doctorate Program web page to find out more information, eligibility requirements and to apply.

Applicants to the doctoral program may apply for a two additional fellowships. The first, a Fellowship in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease (BDEID), includes a competitive stipend, tuition, health insurance, and travel to a scientific meeting. This is an interdisciplinary program, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), to prepare the next generation of scientists who will develop integrated research programs in biodefense preparedness and response to infectious threats. Fellows will receive broad training in bioterrorist agents, emerging infectious disease, and epidemiology. Candidates who wish to apply for this fellowship must be either a US citizen or a permanent resident, and must submit a brief essay discussing their interests and outlining their goals in the area of biodefense and emerging infectious diseases.  This essay is a part of the Supplemental ApplicationClick here for the current BDEID Plan of Study.

The second fellowship that applicants to the doctoral program may apply for is the Wadsworth Public Health Fellowship. This program will give students a one year paid internship in one of the Wadsworth Center’s Public Health groups, following successful completion of a PhD. As the New York State Public Health Reference Laboratory, the Wadsworth Center houses multiple groups working in the field of Public Health Science. These internationally recognized groups respond to public health threats, and develop advanced methods to detect microbial agents and genetic disorders. Candidates who wish to apply for this fellowship must submit a one page essay discussing their long-term career goals, and outlining their interests in the field of Public Health Science. This essay is a part of the Supplemental Application. Click here for the more details of the Wadsworth Public Health Fellowship.

Costs of Study

For the most up-to-date information on tuition costs, please check the University at Albany Financial Aid site and the University at Albany Graduate Cost of Attendance page.


Applications to all of the above degree programs must be completed through SOPHAS.

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