One of the few biomaterials graduate programs in the world, this interdisciplinary masters degree program focuses on the use of synthetic and natural materials in biomedical engineering, dentistry and environmental engineering. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a unique dental ceramics training specialization.
Spring (January) 2020 Admission
Application cycle opens July 1, 2019
Students can explore the emerging field of dental ceramics through cross-training at nearby Alfred University.
Successful completion of the program leads to a Master of Science (MS) degree.
The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomaterials is an outgrowth of a masters degree program in Dental Materials, sponsored by the School of Dental Medicine since 1971. Courses and research topics have been developed to provide comprehensive knowledge of prosthetic materials, from bio/surface and molecular interactions to device design and surgical requirements.
The program emphasizes ethics and professional/client interactions as applied to the fields of medicine, dentistry, law and engineering. Supporting themes include:
Applicants to this program typically include chemists, engineers, biologists, pre-medical students, clinicians and social scientists.
Graduates have the option of working in the biomedical industry, entering a professional clinical program (DDS program or MD program), or, if they are already a licensed clinician, obtaining an academic clinical position in their home country or entering a post-graduate clinical specialty program.
For graduates interested in further research training, a doctoral program in a related field of specialization would be appropriate. Our former students have specialized in mechanical engineering, biophysics, immunology, pharmaceutical sciences, and other fields at our university and other universities.
This is not a clinical program. No direct access to clinical facilities or clinic patients is provided. The emphasis of the biomaterials program is on the application of materials to biomedical and dental engineering.
Biomaterials replace, duplicate or augment the function or appearance (or otherwise intimately contact) biological substances, either temporarily or permanently, while maintaining compatible interfaces with living cells, biofluids and their constituents.
IUCB is a multidisciplinary center focused on the understanding, prediction and control of biological adhesion.
Most students complete the program within two academic years, and begin their thesis research tasks during the intervening summer.
Many faculty in the School of Dental Medicine and other University at Buffalo schools participate as research mentors and thesis committee members, depending on the individual student’s interests and goals.
Biomaterials faculty have also served on graduate committees for students in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, and biophysics (through Roswell Park Cancer Institute).
A minimum of 30 credit hours is required to complete the program, including thesis research and preparation of the thesis:
Your electives are selected in consultation with the Director of the Biomaterials Graduate Program, and should be closely related to your research interests. Successful completion of the program requires passing the public defense of your thesis, including confirmation of your fundamental knowledge of biomaterials principles, and final acceptance of the written thesis by an Outside Reader, your thesis committee, and the graduate school administration.
The summer preceding the second year of study is usually spent doing research with a faculty advisor. This work often forms the basis of the MS thesis. During the second year, students complete any remaining coursework and finish their thesis research, which must be reviewed by an expert outside reader before eligibility for a formal oral defense.
Students may also take or transfer approved graduate-level courses at other institutions and count these courses toward formal requirements for the MS degree, after review by the program faculty and Graduate School. There is a limit of six credits that can be transferred.
In addition to the facilities at the School of Dental Medicine, various departments throughout UB — including mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and biophysics (through Roswell Park Cancer Institute) — provide research venues for biomaterials MS students.
During the first year, students are required to complete 12 credit hours of core courses and approximately 12 credits of elective courses from the Biomaterials Program and other university departments. An example of a core course is BMA 520 (Evaluation of Biomedical Materials), which is also a required course for the biomechanicall engineering PhD option in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Some of the additional course offerings include:
Students must take a minimum of 6 credits of elective coursework, most of which must be related to their area of research. The remaining credit hours are fulfilled through thesis research and thesis preparation.
Students admitted to the program usually have backgrounds in biological science or engineering. The Program Director encourages graduate mechanical engineering and biophysics courses as electives for those students anticipating PhD studies after completing the MS degree in Biomaterials.
Financial support is not available from the Biomaterials Graduate Program. You are expected to have your own financial resources to pay for the 2 to 2.5 years of study in the program. The University's Office of Financial Aid can provide information regarding types of available aid including loans.
Part-time jobs, such as tutoring undergraduate students or working in the campus libraries, are available on campus on a competitive basis. A paid research assistant position may become available after one year, but is not guaranteed.
Please note that students enrolled exclusively in this degree program are charged tuition and fees applicable to Graduate (not dental) students. Information regarding cost of attendance and financial aid are provided on the University’s Student Accounts website.
The Biomaterials Graduate Program follows the policies of the Graduate School and University at Buffalo.
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For applicants requesting admission in the Spring (January) semester, decisions usually are made by early September. For applicants requesting admission in the Fall (August) semester, decisions usually are made by early March.
The Biomaterials Program Committee considers all aspects of an application: academic preparation as quantitatively recorded in grade sheets and transcripts (particularly in the basic sciences), activities, honors, presentations, publications, and letters of recommendation. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for application to the program. We also require:
For international students, we also require an acceptable TOEFL score (internet test: 79 minimum; computer-based: 213 minimum; paper-based: 550 minimum). IELTS, PTE/Academic, and Cambridge English tests also can be used to demonstrate English language skills. The minimum, acceptable scores for these other tests are:
In addition to the on-line portion of the application, scanned copies of all supporting documents must be uploaded to the application system by the deadline. Original copies of letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the Biomaterials Graduate Program as e-mail attachments to email@example.com by the deadline.
To apply, please submit all documents listed below. Your application will not be complete until these items have been received and you have submitted your application for formal review.
In addition to the above information, please submit your unofficial GRE (General Test) Score Report.
In addition, please submit your written statement of purpose.
In addition to the requirements listed above, please submit the following:
TOEFL score report must be at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or better obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline. An official score report must be provided upon acceptance. UB’s School Code is: 2925.
Note: Financial documentation is required for visa issuance - documentation may be submitted after acceptance but I-20 documentation cannot be issued without it.
Instead of submitting TOEFL scores, IELTS, PTE/Academic, and Cambridge English tests also can be used to demonstrate English language skills. The minimum, acceptable scores for these other tests are:
The Biomaterials Graduate Program Committee reviews all applications as a batch. For applicants requesting admission in the Spring (January) semester, decisions usually are made by early September. For applicants requesting admission in the Fall (August) semester, decisions usually are made by early March.
For international students, original copies of your documents will be required if the Biomaterials Program Committee offers Provisional Admission to you. “Provisional” means that the offer of admission depends on your eligibility to receive an I-20 for application for a U.S. visa. The original copies of your documents will be inspected when you arrive in Buffalo for the university's orientation session.