Natural Sciences Interdisciplinary Master’s Program

Students perform research.

We’ve designed a program that provides the experiences and curriculum you need to help you prepare for the next step in your education. 

Flexible, Customizable Program

Our Natural Sciences Interdisciplinary Master’s Program is distinct from other master’s programs in the Jacobs School. While those programs are geared toward students looking for a focused experience in one particular discipline, our program gives you a broad overview of the biomedical sciences.

You can shape your education based on your interests and goals.

Our customizable seminars are a key feature of our program. Each week, you’ll choose a different one-hour seminar to attend. These seminars — along with your capstone project — allow you to tailor our program to your needs; they give you the opportunity to pursue areas that align with your personal interests and identify new areas of interest.

Still Deciding on a Path?

Our curriculum, taught by faculty members with notable records of achievement in the biomedical sciences, is well-suited for students who want to build strong academic foundations in the biomedical sciences but are undecided about their specific career goals.

If you’re still deciding whether to pursue medicine or a biomedical research career, we can help you find your path.

While we provide structured courses in the biomedical sciences, these courses are balanced by our program’s most distinguishing feature: our flexible seminar series. Since you’ll choose one seminar to attend each week — and you’ll select among dozens of seminars, spanning a wide variety of subjects — you’ll have ample opportunities to explore unfamiliar areas and find out if they spark your interest.

If you hope to gain experience in the biomedical sciences that will help solidify your career direction, apply to our program.

Already Know Your Path?

If you already have a specific career in mind, our program will be a good fit for you. We can help you progress toward your goals.

If you plan to apply to professional health programs — such as medical, dental or veterinary school — you can select seminar offerings that give you the experience you need to craft a stand-out application. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend grand rounds hosted by a number of clinical departments. By attending grand rounds related to your interests, you can increase your knowledge in specific areas of your choice. Moreover, we’ll strengthen your foundation in basic biomedical sciences coursework, helping you demonstrate that you’re ready for professional health programs.

If you’ve already decided to pursue a research career, our curriculum — with its customizable seminars — will expose you to the full breadth of biomedical science disciplines and translational medicine concepts. Moreover, if you’re interested in gaining research experience, you can partake in rich opportunities that give you a competitive advantage.

Ample Time for Skill Building and Capstone Project

Program Facts

  • Credit hour requirement: 36
  • Program length: 3 semesters
  • Degree earned upon completion: master’s of science (MS)

You can complete our program in 1 ½ years, meaning that you’ll have plenty of time to strengthen your experience and undertake meaningful learning opportunities in your chosen areas.

Required Coursework

During the first fall semester, your required coursework will focus on biochemistry, genetics and cell biology.

Each semester, you’ll also complete our required seminar course, which allows you to select seminars of your choice each week and exposes you to current topics in both basic science research and translational medicine.


After your first semester, you can choose from electives in a variety of biomedical sciences departments:

  • biochemistry
  • biomedical engineering
  • biomedical informatics
  • biomedical sciences
  • genetics, genomics and bioinformatics
  • microbiology and immunology
  • neuroscience
  • oral biology
  • pathology and anatomical sciences
  • pharmacology and toxicology
  • physiology
  • structural biology
If you are interested in research, you can gain this experience through independent study or your capstone project.


In your final semester, you’ll complete a capstone project and demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired throughout our program.

We are enthusiastic about helping our students succeed. One of our experienced, supportive faculty members will guide you through your project, giving you insight about the value of faculty-student mentoring relationships.

Who Can Apply?

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Whether you’ve had economic challenges, educational disadvantages or just want to feel better prepared and more confident, you can expect our curriculum to suit your needs.

Gain Experience in a Cutting-Edge Environment

Our position within a medical school offers opportunities you won’t find elsewhere.

Located at the center of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is situated near research institutes like UB’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which accelerates basic science discoveries from the laboratory to clinical trials to general practice.

You’ll work with mentors who engage in research across the medical campus. They are eager to share their experience and knowledge with you.

Moreover, researchers at UB have access to core facilities that house state-of-the-art equipment and are staffed by experts in their fields.

Live Comfortably

“Living well” and “living inexpensively” aren’t exclusive in Buffalo. Our region boasts a reasonably priced housing market and easy commutes, making for a comfortable quality of life that lets you stay focused on your training and enjoy your time off.

You’ll feel invigorated as you hone your skills on our expanding downtown medical campus and join the growing community of professionals contributing to Western New York’s rebirth as a health care hub.

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Contact Us


Elizabeth White.

Elizabeth White

Administrative Director for Research and Graduate Education

Office of Research and Graduate Education

955 Main St., Room 6130, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-3399; Fax: (716) 829-2437


Program Director

Sutton, Mark

Mark Sutton, PhD


955 Main Street, Room 4217 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-3581; Fax: (716) 829-2725