Master of Science Program in Cancer Sciences

The Cancer Sciences M.S. Degree Program at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is offered through a collaboration with the University at Buffalo (UB). This program is designed to give students a multidisciplinary research experience along with a broad-based academic background in cancer biology. This degree program is ideal preparation for students seeking to enter research careers or as preparation for subsequent Ph.D. training. While not designed specifically to facilitate subsequent entry into professional schools, a number of our M.S. graduates have found this training to improve their prospects for admission to medical and dental schools.

**Important Note:  Standardized academic test scores, such as general GRE results, are no longer required for applicants to the M.S. program!**  English language proficiency test scores are required of international applicants.

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The program is structured to accommodate students seeking either laboratory-based research or prevention/epidemiology-focused research. Laboratory research topics include cell/molecular biology, genetics/genomics, biophysics, immunology and experimental therapeutics.

This degree requires only 30 credit hours; most students graduate after two years, though the degree can be completed in just a year-and-a-half if sufficient research results are obtained. For students interested in ultimately pursuing a Ph.D. in Cancer Sciences through Roswell Park, this program is the perfect gateway with the two programs sharing a significant number of transferrable course requirements. Since 2007, 14% of Roswell Park’s Ph.D. graduates have started in its Master’s program.


An offer of admission does not include financial support. Students must make arrangements to support themselves financially. Tuition is $453 per credit for New York State residents and $925 per credit for non-residents plus additional UB fees. The curriculum is designed to maximize course enrollment in the first year, with only minimal enrollment in year two, which greatly reduces academic expenses. You can visit the UB website to estimate the costs associated with graduate training. 


NEWS!  We once again will participate in the "Biomed Virtual Grad Fairs" hosted by CareerEco.  This is a great opportunity to chat online with Roswell Park staff about our outstanding Ph.D. and M.S. training programs.  There is no cost to students who wish to take part in this event.  The next Virtual Grad Fair will occur on October 17, 2018.  Click on the banner below for further information or to register.

Submit the following to apply:

  • Online Application Form
  • $75 application fee, payable electronically to SUNY at Buffalo on the online application form
  • Undergraduate Transcripts – a minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA is required
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement/Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only). All international applicants must submit results of either the TOEFL (minimum acceptable score: 79) or the IELTS (minimum acceptable score: 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0).

Please have TOEFL scores sent to the University at Buffalo using ETS code 2925. No department code is required.

The application deadline for fall 2019 admission is March 1, 2019.   All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by that date.

Students wishing to have applications considered after the application deadline must contact the program director.

Program Director:
Norman J. Karin, Ph.D., Associate Dean
Roswell Park Graduate Division
University at Buffalo