International Student Admissions

You may apply to our program through the interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS).

As a PhD applicant, regardless of which biomedical field you pursue, you will apply through our gateway PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS). You will spend your first year in this interdisciplinary program, experiencing various options before committing to a research lab. After your year of exploration, you will officially join your chosen department in your second year.

How to Apply

You can apply online. You'll need to submit scanned copies of all required supporting documents before your application will be reviewed. You may save and edit your application as you go.

Official documents will be required if you are offered admission.

Once your application is ready, you must formally submit it and upload your documents.

Check Your Status

You may log in at any time to check your status.

The online checklist is your best source about the status of your application during the review process; please check it frequently. 

You will receive an email when your admission decision is available in the portal.

Deadline

Your application must be completed and supporting documentation must be received by December 15.

Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enter the program.

You must submit the following credentials to apply:

  • transcript(s) from every postsecondary institution you have attended
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a personal letter stating career objectives and research experience; research experience is highly desirable
  • resume/CV

Effective with the Fall 2019 admission cycle, we no longer require GRE scores of PPBS applicants.

Strong consideration is given to students who majored in chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy or psychology. Recommended undergraduate courses include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physiology, physics and mathematics, including calculus and statistics.

Fees

Once you submit your application online for formal review, you will be provided with a link to our online payment system, where you can pay the application fee.

Special Note for International Students

If you are applying from outside the United States, apply as early as possible to ensure time for application and visa processing.  Regardless of your program’s deadline, it is recommended that you apply at least 6-9 months prior to the term start date (depending on your country of origin).  Check with your program’s application coordinator for specific guidelines.

UB Is An International University

As one of the United States’ most global universities, the University at Buffalo is home to more than 4,500 students from 110 countries.

We value international students as members of our community and will provide outstanding support services for you and your dependent family members, if they accompany you to Buffalo.

Our resources that will help you succeed at UB include:

  • one of the best and most thorough international student orientation programs offered by any U.S. university
  • a mentoring program for new international students
  • world-class learning and research opportunities
  • many opportunities to be involved in campus life, including international and local clubs and activities

In addition to being an affordable, friendly and fun city, Buffalo welcomes and respects international students.

English Proficiency Requirement

International applicants must present a valid TOEFL or IELTS score. It is university policy that test dates be no older than two years when students enter a program.

  • Institution code: R2925 (SUNY-University at Buffalo)
  • Department Code: 45

The minimum score that we accept is:

Internet-based TOEFL Test (iBT)
100
Paper-based TOEFL Test (PBT) 600
Computer-based TOEFL Test (CBT) 250
IELTS 7.5

Financial information

You do not need to fill out the financial section of the online application. All accepted students receive a full-tuition scholarship and stipend.