Biomedical research training is about discovery — scientific discovery and self-discovery. Our programs and mentors are prepared to be with you every step of the journey to your future. We invite you to explore our innovative curriculum, rigorous research training and supportive and inclusive environment.
With 14 master’s programs, an interdisciplinary doctoral program, a comprehensive MD-PhD program, and undergraduate research, you have more than options here — you have opportunity.
From behavioral neuroscience to cancer biology to regenerative medicine, whatever biomedical science research you’re into, you’ll get to work closely and collaboratively with our world-renowned researchers.
Buffalo’s grain silos tower over its inner harbor, and as the City of Buffalo finds new ways to repurpose those historic silos, here in the Jacobs School, we’re tearing silos down!
Our interdisciplinary curricula, our graduate programs, and our collaborative faculty are all working to make sure that students receive broad foundational training no matter what degree is written on their diploma. Even in our specialized departments, there are opportunities to cross-train through coursework, workshops and collaboration. As biomedicine becomes broader and broader in scope, our programs adapt to provide students educational opportunities at the forefront and intersection of science and medicine.
The University at Buffalo Academic Health Center brings together the talents of clinicians, educators and researchers to provide a superb research and educational environment to foster basic discovery in the biosciences, health-sciences translational research, preventive and interventional clinical trials, as well as superb clinical care. We train the next generation of health care practitioners.
As a public school in the SUNY system, the University at Buffalo has a worldwide reputation for excellence but costs much less than private schools. Combine those accolades with the low cost of living in Western New York and funding opportunities, and your return on investment will prove hard to beat.
Applying to graduate, professional and research programs can be overwhelming! Let us help you. These tips will guide you as you decide which programs to apply to and ultimately complete your application.
Is selecting a research mentor in your near future? Already feeling overwhelmed by the process?
Don't worry, we've compiled a workbook just for you! How to Choose a Mentor: 7 Steps to Find the Perfect Match is available to download at the link below.
You'll learn what makes a good mentor, how to prioritize your wishlist, how to craft an introductory email, and so much more. Download your workbook, and get started today!
Master’s programs take 1 to 2 years to complete, with the end goal being either gaining employment or continuing on to a doctoral or professional program.
We offer master’s programs that allow you to FOCUS on a particular discipline, providing knowledge and skills in a scientific area that interests you. We also offer an interdisciplinary master’s program that will allow you to EXPLORE the many fields of biomedicine represented in the Jacobs School, providing you flexibility to engage in a broad curriculum and opportunities to gain new breadth of knowledge and improve competitiveness for professional or research-focused advanced degree programs.
Note that master’s programs are typically self funded.
Begin to build relationships with potential letter writers. Research mentors should be able to write you a strong recommendation if you are working in their lab.
Make sure your application materials are in before the posted deadline. Some programs will have a rolling admission deadline. You should complete your application as soon as possible to be given priority, as seats may fill.
At least one recommender should be a professor in the biomedical sciences. Letter writers should be able to speak to your ability to succeed in a master’s program. Make sure you give them plenty of notice, and follow up as necessary.
Your CV is a quick way for programs to get to know you, so make sure that your resume tells a clean, clear story in a professional format. Have several people look this over, including mentors and your career services office.
Your personal statement should be unique for each school to which you apply.
You should include:
Have several people look this over, including mentors and your school’s writing center.
Follow the school’s instructions on how to apply. Make sure that you submit any additional documents, such as copies of transcripts or test scores. Be sure to submit by the deadline.
Some programs will request an admissions interview. If you are invited to interview, you should practice beforehand with mentors and your career services office. Remember, you are also interviewing the school to see if they are a good fit for you!