PhD Program


You may apply to our program directly through our department or via the interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences.

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 to 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.

Direct Admission to the PhD Program in Biomedical Informatics

If you have a strong background or interest in biomedical informatics, apply for direct admission to our department.

Apply Online

Apply directly to our biomedical informatics PhD program online.


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You must submit the following to apply:

  • the completed online application
  • official transcripts from every college or university you have attended full-time
  • a score report from the GRE (exam must be taken after July 31, 2011) or the MCAT (must be an official score report from AMCAS)
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a personal statement describing your career goals, research and/or professional experience

GRE score reporting codes

  • Institution Code: R2925
  • Department Code: 0224

Your bachelor’s degree grade point average must be a 3.0 or better.

We give preference to applicants who have completed courses in:

  • computer sciences or programming
  • biology and/or other health sciences
  • mathematics, including calculus
  • statistical analysis


We invite highly qualified candidates to an in-person or online interview with a member of our admissions committee. We base our final decisions on the interview and the candidate’s application.

Admission via the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS)

If you want to explore different disciplines (including biomedical informatics) before selecting one for your doctoral research, apply through the PPBS.

Apply Online

Apply online to our interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences.


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


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.


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.

Contact Us

For questions about admissions and academic advisement, please contact:

Co-Director, PhD Degree Program

Ceusters, Werner

Werner Ceusters, MD

Division Chief, Biomedical Ontology

Department of Biomedical Informatics 77 Goodell street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 881-8971