Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Biological Sciences MA

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The special master’s program (SMP) in Biological Sciences is a flexible graduate program that caters to students from many backgrounds, goals, and interests. In partnership with a faculty academic advisor, students create a fully customized curriculum which can include courses both within and outside of our department (including the School of Dental Medicine, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences). Students may pursue degree completion at their pace and are not required to be registered full time, which assists students who must complete intensive clinical shadowing opportunities, employment, or entrance exam preparation. All students must complete a research project under the instruction of a faculty member, however this project can be experimental, data analysis, or literature based, and can be completed in any department at UB.

The SMP has a roughly 75% success rate for its graduates getting accepted into their desired health-related programs, with many gaining acceptances to UB’s MD and DDS programs. The flexible nature of the program is also useful for students who are looking to explore career options across multiple disciplines, and for those who want to try graduate research before committing to a career or PhD track. Upon completion of the SMP, students receive an Master of Arts degree in Biological Sciences

Required Core (18 credits)

  • Choose 18 credits. Minimum 8 credits in BIO required.
  • Courses outside BIO department may be taken in consultation and with approval from Program Director (excluding seminars and tutorials).
  • GPA must be at overall 3.0 or better.

Required Seminars (4 credits)

Electives & Culmination Experience (6 credits)

Biology Electives

  • Courses outside BIO department may be taken in consultation and approval from Program Director.
  • Complete enough elective credit to reach 30 minimum total credit hours. 

Culminating Experience: Project (6 credits)

  • minimum 6 credits

Total Credit Hours: 30

3.0 Degree GPA required


Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


  • 1 Year

Application Fee

  • $75

Admissions Testing Requirements

Effective immediately, the Biological Sciences MA program will not be requiring the submission of DAT, GRE, MCAT, or PCAT scores as a part of the admissions process. However, prospective students are encouraged to consider submitting their test scores if they think it will strengthen their application. 

Program Contact

David Hoekstra II
C554 Cooke Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Email: dhoek@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-645-4908

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

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