Interdisciplinary Master's Program

Interdisciplinary Master of Science Degree Program

An interdisciplinary program leading to the Master of Science degree is offered through the Roswell Park Graduate Division of the University at Buffalo.  The program is designed to give students an interdisciplinary research experience along with a broad-based academic background in cancer biology. Students are given the opportunity to tailor their curriculum with guidance from the research advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies.  By virtue of its customization, students may concentrate in areas of cancer research that include molecular biology, immunology, therapeutics, biophysics, genomics and epidemiology.  This degree program is ideal preparation for students seeking to enter research careers or as preparation for subsequent Ph.D. training.

The online application is now open!  Simply click "Apply Now" to access the application system.  The application deadline for fall 2017 admission is March 1, 2017.  Students seeking to apply to the program after this deadline must contact the program director.

Degree Completion Requirements

Course Work

  • Minimum 36 total credit hours including the following:
  • 8 hours of required courses "Oncology for Scientists I/II"
  • 2 hours of required seminars in ethics and scientific communication
  • 20 hours of elective courses in cancer related areas
  • 6 hours independent research project
  • Students must maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 (B).


Research Project

With the guidance of a major professor/advisor from the Institute staff, each student is required to do an independent research project within the labs and/or clinics of the Institute.  Upon completion of the project, the research is written up in thesis format and orally defended.


Admission Requirements

Matriculating students must hold a baccalaureate degree in an area of science/technology and have earned a grade point average of at least B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). 

The GRE General test is required for all applicants.  Other tests, such as MCAT scores, are not accepted as substitutes.

Undergraduate coursework in biology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology including related laboratory courses is strongly recommended.  A record of participation in laboratory research experience is also desirable.

Apply to the MS Progam Online - Deadline is March 1, 2017 for fall 2017 admission.

Applicants must contact the Program Director (below) for permission to submit an application after the deadline.


Submit the Following

Online Application Form

A $75.00 application fee, payable electronically to SUNY at Buffalo on the on-line application form

Undergraduate Transcripts - a minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA is required

Three letters of recommendation

Personal Statement / Resume

GRE General test scores.

International applicants must submit English language proficiency test scores -- TOEFL (minimum score of 79) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a score of 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0.  The language test requirement is waived if the applicant has an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution within the past 12 months.

Use ETS code 2925 (University at Buffalo) to send official GRE and TOEFL scores


An offer of admission does not carry with it financial support. Students must make arrangements to support themselves financially.


Program Director

Norman J. Karin, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Roswell Park Graduate Division

University at Buffalo