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What will I learn?

The biophysics program studies normal and abnormal protein structure and function—particularly membrane channel proteins—as well as the normal and abnormal function of cells, organs, and intact animals and humans, using state-of-the-art biophysical, computational, genomic, proteomic, and physiological techniques. There is special emphasis on the biophysical properties of the neural, cardiac and respiratory systems. The graduate program is known for the excellence of its research faculty and flexibility of the program.

Program Objectives

The graduate program leading to the MS degree in Biophysical Sciences is intended to provide a sound scientific foundation for those planning to pursue a career in research, teaching, administration, or applied biomedical fields. In order to promote the achievement of this objective, the following program requirements have been adopted:

Program Goals

A total of at least 30 credit hours are required for completion of the MS degree. Of this total, at least 20 credit hours must be earned in formal didactic coursework, excluding credits for Research and Thesis Guidance. Students are required to complete 9 credits of core courses and 4 credits of laboratory techniques as described below. Other courses can be tailored to the individual interests of the student, with guidance from the Director of Graduate Studies and the mentor. Where appropriate and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies, didactic course credits not exceeding 6 hours may be transferred from other graduate programs.

Which department am I in?

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$23,100.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Downtown Campus

Virginia Street and Ellicott Street,


New York,

14203, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited/government recognized college or university. Most such degrees will be four or more years in length; UB recognizes some three-year degrees, but not all; A B-grade (GPA of 3.0) or higher from your bachelor's degree (or equivalent) courses. Grade point averages from non-U.S. universities will be evaluated by UB's Office of International Admissions.

For international students

Applicants must have a strong science background and is contingent upon attainment of the baccalaureate degree

English Language Requirements:

The minimum score of TOEFL IBT is 79, the minimum score TOEFL PBT is 550, the minimum score of IELTS is 6.5, the minimum score of PTE is 55, the minimum score of Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) Old Scale is 60, New Scale is 185, the minimum score of Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Old Scale is 65, New Scale is 185.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.