Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am an international student. What are the required scores for TOEFL, GRE , and PTE exams?
  2. What is your institutional ETS code for TOEFL, GRE, and PTE?
  3. Do I receive financial support when I get admitted to the program?
  4. How can I contact you regarding my application?
  5. Do I need to pay an application fee?
  6. What are the required documents to apply?
  7. My background is not in Biology; can I apply in your program?
  8. What is the application deadline?
  9. What is the process of admission? When and how I would be notified?
  10. Do I need to take the TOFEL exam if my degree is from an English speaking university?

 


 

I am an international student. What are the required scores for TOEFL, GRE, and PTE exams?
Minimum GRE scores of 50th percentile for both the Verbal and Quantitative sections are recommended for both foreign and domestic applicants.

Foreign applicants must take either the TOEFL exam or the IELTS exam.  The minimum scores are as follows:

600 for the paper based test
250 for the computer based test
79 for the iBT
6.5 overall score for IELTS, with no sub-score below 6.0

A minimum PTE score of 55 will be required with no individual section sub-score below

The score must be dated within two years of the time the application is reviewed by International Admissions in GrAdMIT.

Foreign students whose degree is from an English speaking University are not automatically excluded from the TOEFL requirement but can be admitted without this requirement if approved by the UB Graduate School.

What is your institutional ETS code for TOEFL, GRE, and PTE?
The institutional ETS code for TOEFL and GRE is 2925.

Do I receive financial support when I get admitted to the program?
All doctoral students in the Cellular and Molecular Biology Department receive financial support. The stipend for incoming students will be $25,000/yr for new students beginning September of 2012. Students who have completed all prelims (usually by the end of the second year) receive $1,000 more per annum.  Full tuition waiver and generous fringe benefits are included.

How can I contact you regarding my application?
Amy Troutman
Cancer Genetics
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263
amy.troutman@roswellpark.org

716.845.8233

Do I need to pay an application fee?
There is a $75 application fee, electronically payable to SUNY at Buffalo.  Applications will not be reviewed until the fee is paid.

What are the required documents to apply?

  • Application
  • Application fee ($75), electronically payable to SUNY at Buffalo
  • Academic transcripts -- unofficial copies are accepted for application review
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Personal statement and resume
  • Official standardized test scores (G.R.E. verbal, quantitative and analytical)
  • Foreign applicants must submit official test scores for either the TOEFL exam, or the IELTS exam.

My background is not in Biology; can I apply in your program?
Yes, but evidence of successful completion of some biological courses and/or research experience will make for a much stronger application. Having no Biology background would make it very unlikely to be a successful application

What is the application deadline?
The application deadline is January 5th.  Students wishing to have applications considered after that date must contact the program director.

What is the process of admission? When and how I would be notified?
Admissions decisions will be made between February and April and you will be notified by e-mail and/or a letter if you are accepted/denied or invited for an interview.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or PTE exam if my degree is from an English speaking university?
Foreign students whose degree is from an English speaking University are not automatically excluded from the TOEFL or PTE requirement but can be admitted without this requirement if approved by the UB Graduate School.