Graduate Programs Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in applying for one of our programs. Before you apply, please read this page outlining the application process and important details. 

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Application Deadlines: PhD

Application Deadlines: Master’s

How to Apply

  1. Use the Apply Now button below and sign in using your existing account information or create a new account to start a new application.
  2. Fill out the application in full and submit it when complete. Once submitted, you will be emailed a link to the Status Portal. 
  3. In your portal, you will be able to submit your application fee payment and supporting documents (personal statement, CV, etc.). 
  4. Use the checklist on the Status Portal to make sure your supporting documents are submitted by the deadline for your application. All supporting documents must be received by the application deadline for you to be reviewed. 
  5. Once all application materials are received, your application will be sent for review. If additional materials are needed, you will be notified.



You must submit transcripts for every college or university you have attended. At the point of application, please only submit unofficial transcripts. If admitted, official transcripts will be required in order to matriculate. 

Application Fee

Once you submit your application, you will have access to your status portal, which will include a link to pay your $85 application fee.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. You will enter contact information for letter writers when you fill out the application, and they will be notified automatically and will be sent a link to submit their letter. In your portal, you can check the status of your letters, send reminders, or edit recommenders.


As a medical school focused on scientific discovery, our admission committees would like to understand applicants' prior research experiences. Note that this experience is not required for admission but is helpful information as we consider your application. 

If you have previous research experience, please make sure to list all prior experiences on your Resume or CV. Please list specific details, such as institution or company, duration of experience, PI or lab supervisor name, average hours you worked per week, and a brief description of your role. If you have presented or published, please also list all of these experiences, even local or small conferences are helpful information! All experiences should also be listed in chronological order.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should state your career objectives and research experiences. Explain clearly why you are applying for this degree program and why UB would be a good place to pursue this degree. In addition, if you have research experience, it would be helpful to describe the experience(s) and your role in the project(s).

If applicable, it is also recommended that you use your statement to address any stumbles or obstacles that have affected your academic performance thus far.

There isn’t a word or page requirement, but most statements are 1 to 2 pages long.


The following programs require the GRE:

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.

English Proficiency Requirement

International applicants must present a valid English Language Proficiency test score. It is university policy that test dates be no older than two years when students enter a program. We recommend uploading scanned copies of your results at the time of application in order to expedite the review process.

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

Application Deadline

Priority will be given to students who submit their supplemental application by October 1.

How to Apply

  1. Apply through AMCAS and indicate your intent to apply to the MD-PhD program, or both MD and MD-PhD.
  2. When AMCAS has processed your application, you will receive an email confirming that it has been forwarded to the schools you have designated. When we receive your AMCAS application, we will send you an email acknowledging receipt and explaining how to access our supplemental application and pay our processing fee.

Application Fees

AMCAS charges $170 for an application that includes one medical school designation and $41 for each additional school you designate.

We charge a nonrefundable fee of $100 to process your supplemental application. We will not process it until we receive the fee.

If you’re experiencing financial hardship, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) may waive your AMCAS application fee through its Fee Assistance Program.

If you receive a fee waiver from the AAMC, we will waive our secondary application fee as well.


To apply to our medical school, you must:

  • be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident
  • have completed two full years or 60 credit hours of higher education in the U.S. or Canada
  • have taken the MCAT within three years of applying
  • have completed at least half of the prerequisite courses
  • submit three letters of recommendation — one from a science professor — or a prehealth committee letter of recommendation

We accept letters of recommendation only through the AMCAS Letter Service. Do not send letters to our school.

We require a minimum of three letters, but you may send more.

We highly recommended that you request some letters from faculty or professional evaluators who are very familiar with your research experience and potential.

Recommended courses

Based on our curriculum, we strongly encourage you to take a statistics course as well as courses in biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

We encourage you to augment your prerequisite courses with advanced science or engineering courses that meet your interests.

Research experience

Research experience gives you a level of expertise and understanding above that achieved in standard laboratory courses.

Outstanding applicants to our program have significant research experience either within a structured program or as a volunteer or staff member. They have also published their research and presented it at professional conference presentations.

Interviews and Admissions Timeline


Applications accepted June - November
Priority deadline October 1
Interviews November - January
Decision notifications November - May
Commit to enroll May 15


The format for the 2023-2024 interview season will be hybrid. Invited applicants will have the choice to interview virtually or in person.

If invited, both the Regular MD Admissions Committee and MD-PhD Admissions Committee will interview you.

You are eligible to interview by the Medical Admissions Committee if you are not invited to interview for the MD-PhD Program.

Decisions and Notifications

The MD-PhD Admissions Committee admits students on a rolling basis from November-May. 

MD-PhD Only Candidates:

  • If admitted to MD-PhD, you will also be admitted to Regular MD.
  • If waitlisted or rejected by MD-PhD, you will not be eligible for admission to Regular MD.

Regular MD and MD-PhD Candidates:

  • If admitted to MD-PhD, you will also be admitted to Regular MD.
  • You can be admitted by Regular MD and remain on the waitlist for MD-PhD. If you are not admitted to MD-PhD, you can enter the program as a Regular MD student and apply to MD-PhD again in the fall of MS1.
  • If wait-listed by either Regular MD or MD-PhD, you remain eligible for both.
  • If rejected by the Regular MD program, you are no longer eligible for admission to MD-PhD.

If accepted to the MD-PhD, you must respond within two weeks from the date of your acceptance and submit a $100 acceptance deposit, refundable until May 15.

Application Deadline


How to Apply

Students interested in summer research should submit an application to our partner program, CLIMB UP for Summer Research. To be considered, you must indicate a planned PhD career path and a desire to perform research in the Jacobs School. 

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