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Master of Science 

Biomedical Sciences

Program of Study

Core Courses

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Laboratory Rotations in Biomedical Sciences
  • Biomedical Science Horizons
  • Current Literature in Biomedical Sciences
  • Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research
  • Basic Principles and Methods of Epidemiology OR Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I
  • Principles of Public Health

Supporting Electives

Specialized courses are available in the areas of cancer, infection and immunity, genes and genomes, neuroscience, structural biology, and drug discovery and therapeutics.


Thesis Research


Major Field Exam


Master’s Thesis


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information contact Anthony Torres at bms@albany.edu.

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Research Opportunities

Learn first-hand from faculty who actively address public health issues facing New York State and beyond. More than 75% of faculty in the School of Public Health hold appointments with the NYS Department of Health, which provides many research opportunities in the labs of the internationally recognized Wadsworth Center. You may also work with faculty in the University’s Cancer Research Center.

Institutional Affiliations

In addition to partnership with the Wadsworth Center, the School of Public Health maintains connections with:

  • Ge*NY*Sis Center for Cancer Genomics
  • National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies
  • New York Neural Stem Cell Institute
  • RNA Institute at the University at Albany

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Career Paths

Many master’s students decide to continue their studies in the PhD in Biomedical Sciences program at the University at Albany.

Others get hired as biomedical lab technicians and managers of research facilities in universities, medical centers, research institutes, pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, and government health agencies such as the CDC and NIH.

Some even continue their research careers in companies located on the Health Sciences Campus, such as Regeneron, Taconic and Albany Molecular Research.

Female scientist looking into a microscope in a lab

International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. Upon graduation, international students with an F-1 visa are allowed to apply for a 2-year extension to the automatic 1-year post-graduate Occupational Practical Training (OPT) period.

Admission Requirements

Deadlines

Priority: January 15
General: March 1
Final: Rolling until August 1 on space available basis

 

Applicants who wish to be considered for a scholarship must submit their application by the priority deadline.  Some scholarships require that applications be received earlier than the published priority deadline. Students who wish to be considered for one of the early submission scholarships should consult our Financing Your Degree page and must submit the degree application and any additional required documents by the stated date for that scholarship.

MS Biomedical Sciences Degree Application

The application and all supporting materials for the MS in Biomedical Sciences must be submitted directly to The Graduate School at the University at Albany


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 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

For application specific questions, contact us at bms@albany.edu.


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


Required Application Materials

Official transcripts

  • Official transcripts from EVERY post-secondary academic institution attended, including college coursework completed during high school, must be sent directly from the institution to University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions.

Official GRE scores (institution code: 2532)

  • 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 directly with the department to determine waiver eligibility.

Three letters of recommendation

  • A minimum of two letters must be from academic faculty 
  • At least one letter must be from a university faculty member in the major field of study
  • Letters must be signed and on institutional/organizational letterhead

Personal Statement

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

CV/Resume

Student Learning Objectives

 

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Core Competencies
  • Apply fundamental concepts in the core areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology to a succinct research problem in the chosen specialty area.
  • Apply laboratory skills such as planning of experiments, data acquisition, management and analysis to a selected research problem.
  • Critically evaluate the scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate needed communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Apply fundamental concepts in the biomedical sciences to public health issues, in particular, in the detection, treatment and prevention of disease.
  • Understand the contribution of advanced biomedical science disciplines to public health.
  • Understand and demonstrate the proper conduct of scientific research.