Biotechnology (MS)

The Master of Science degree program curriculum provides students with advanced course work in biotechnical and biomolecular sciences.

Program Overview

Graduates are prepared for positions in research and industrial R&D laboratories or in sales/technical representation in biotechnology, chemical or pharmaceutical companies. A research project resulting in a thesis must be completed in the laboratory of one of the program faculty, or, by special arrangement, with faculty in other departments who are affiliated with the Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

It should be emphasized that the University at Buffalo offers many different courses, and a program of study can be arranged to fit individual interests with regards to careers in biotechnology.

Core Curriculum

All students need the latest scientific knowledge regardless of their area of specialty; therefore the following courses are required of ALL students:

Elective Courses

Electives should be selected in relation to interests and career goals in consultation with the adviser. Below is a list of departmental electives that may be of interest to students. In addition, the Graduate Catalog should be consulted as many other courses outside the department are also appropriate.

Degree Requirements

  • at least 36 hours graduate credit including a minimum of 29 hours of academic course work and a project or thesis with at least six hours of research credit are required
  • all students must participate in teaching
  • students are encouraged to select electives to broaden their background as well as increase their knowledge relating to specific career goals
  • most students require two academic years and the intervening summer to complete the program


The Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences is located on the South Campus of the University at Buffalo. Space is ample for both teaching and research.

Admission Requirements

  • bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with training in medical technology, biology, chemistry or a related field
  • approval of the Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • non-native English speaking students must have a iBT TOEFL score of at least 79

Financial Assistance

A limited number of teaching assistantships are available. These provide a stipend of approximately $9,385.00/10 months and a waiver of tuition (except for summer session) depending on state funding. All students who receive such aid are expected to participate in supervised teaching which is arranged as a meaningful experience.


Current tuition and fees can be found at Student Accounts.

PLEASE NOTE: As of October 2009, applicants who are offered admission for the subsequent fall semester will be required to pay a $200 (USD) tuition deposit to secure their place in the program. The deposit will be applied to the first tuition bill sent to the student and is refundable until May 1. Applicants who decline our offer of acceptance or who accept the offer but fail to pay the deposit will forfeit their place in the program, which will then be offered to the next applicant on the “wait list.”

Please contact with any questions.

How to Apply

An online application form may be completed through the link below. The application fee for the online application is $85 and may be paid by credit card through the link in the online application at the time the online application is submitted or at UB ePayment Student Information after the application has been submitted.

Contact Us

Director of Graduate Studies

Koury, Stephen

Stephen Koury, BS MT (ASCP), MS, PhD

Research Associate Professor

26 Cary Hall Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5188; Fax: (716) 829-3601


Office Assistant

Laura Engelhardt

Office Assistant 1

Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences

26 Cary Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5183


PLEASE NOTE: ePay hours of operation — this secure service will be available daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day).

The deadline for international applicants to complete and submit an application for formal review is February 1, 2018; supporting documents must be uploaded into the application by February 15, 2018. Please contact for details/potential extensions.

The deadline for domestic applicants to complete and submit an application for formal review is March 1, 2018; supporting documents must be uploaded into the application by March 15, 2018. Please contact for details/potential extensions.

Alternatively, a paper application may be requested. The fee for a paper application is $85 and must be paid by check or money order at the time the application is submitted. Send requests for a paper application to the Director of Graduate Studies.