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Application Instructions

The PPBS application for Fall 2024 is now closed. The Fall 2025 application will open during the summer.


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

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 include the following three sections. You may provide additional information that you believe would help the committee get to know you, but please cover these topics at a minimum.

  1. Why I want a PhD degree and why UB would be a good place to pursue this degree. (500 word limit)
  2. An example of a time where I showed initiative and perseverance in meeting a goal and/or overcoming an obstacle. (500 word limit)
  3. A brief description of my prior research experiences (for applicants who have had more than one research experience, you may choose one to describe). If you do not have prior research experience, you may describe a class presentation, essay, lab, or assignment relevant to biological sciences. (750 word limit)

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.


  • The GRE is no longer required.
  • Strong consideration is given to students who majored in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, pharmacy or psychology. Recommended undergraduate courses include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physiology, physics and mathematics, including calculus and statistics.        

International Applicants

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.

UB is an International University

As one of the United States’ most global universities, the University at Buffalo is home to more than 4,500 students from 110 countries.

We value international students as members of our community and will provide outstanding support services for you and your dependent family members, if they accompany you to Buffalo.

Resources to Help You Succeed at UB:

  • One of the best and most thorough international student orientation programs offered by any U.S. university.
  • A mentoring program for new international students.
  • World-class learning and research opportunities.
  • Many opportunities to be involved in campus life, including international and local clubs and activities.

In addition to being an affordable, friendly and fun city, Buffalo welcomes and respects international students.

  • 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)
  • Financial information

    You do not need to fill out the financial section of the online application. All accepted students receive a full-tuition scholarship and stipend.

Financial Support

Because your goal is to be a research scientist, we provide the financial support that sets you on the path to the career of your choice.

Tuition and Stipend

We provide you with the financial freedom to focus on your research. As a doctoral candidate, you will receive:

Our doctoral students often also successfully apply for awards, fellowships and other supplemental funding from organizations such as the American Medical Association, the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.

Admissions Timeline


Application Opens August 1
Application Deadline December 15
Application Review November-February
Interviews January-February
Admissions Decisions January-April
Response to Admissions Offers Deadline April 15


Strong applicants will be invited to interview. The interview serves two purposes:

  • To conduct faculty interviews as part of our evaluation of your application.
  • To showcase the facilities, faculty and students of the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences so that you can evaluate us.

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