MS Biomedical Sciences Degree Application

The Master of Science (MS) program in Biomedical Sciences 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.

Applications and all supporting materials for the MS in Biomedical Sciences must be submitted directly to the University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions.  Applications for this program are no longer accepted through SOPHAS.

Required Application Materials

  • Official transcripts (submitted directly to the University at Albany  from all institutions attended)
  • Official GRE scores (institution code: 2532)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

*MCAT scores will not be accepted for an MS in Biomedical Science degree application. The standardized test requirement may be waived for applicants who have completed a graduate degree program from an accredited US institution and received a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the program. Applicants should consult with the department to determine waiver eligibility.

International Requirements

  • WES evaluations for international transcripts. Evaluations are not required for Canadian transcripts if the language of instruction is English.
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 100 (institution code: 2532), two semesters of full-time study at a US college or university, or completion of an undergraduate degree in a country where English is the official language and language of instruction

Application Requirements

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing
  • Grade point average of 3.00 or better
  • A combined total of at least 42 credits in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
  • Prior research experience, either through an undergraduate experience, enhanced summer research, or post-baccalaureate degree
  • Applicants in both programs are reviewed in the context of academic preparation and performance, potential for success, fit for the graduate program, as well as potential match with mentor

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  • Official transcripts sent directly from the schools attended to the University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions.

Three Letters of Recommendation

  • A minimum of two letters must be from academic faculty.
  • At least one from a university faculty member in the major field of study.

Personal Statement

  • Why do you wish to pursue a career in biomedical sciences and why are you interested in your chosen area of concentration?
  • 1500 word limit
  • The personal statement must have well-defined research interests