New York Medical College

School of Health Sciences and Practice

Admission Requirements

 

Applicants to the MPH programs or the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology programs may apply online. Applications for these programs are also available on the appropriate program website. The application for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is only available through a centralized application system (PTCAS) prior to the application review period. If you would like more information CLICK HERE.

An application for the Doctor of Public Health program in Health Policy and Management will be available online prior to the application review period, on the appropriate program website. If you would like more information, CLICK HERE.

Admission Requirements for:


Master of Public Health (MPH)

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Graduate Certificates

Non-Matriculating Students


All applicants for the MPH degree or graduate certificate must hold a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university. Prerequisite course requirements and work requirements vary by academic program. In addition, applicants for the DrPH degree must have a completed a master’s degree. New students for the MPH are admitted for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. New students for the DrPH are admitted for the Fall term only. Application review for the public health programs begins in February for the Summer and Fall terms, and in late September for the Spring term. An acknowledgment of receipt of the application is sent to all applicants.

Applicants accepted for a particular semester who wish to defer their acceptance to a future semester must indicate the desired semester of enrollment and the reason for the request in a letter to the Admissions Office. Enrollment may be deferred for one year from the semester of acceptance. After that, applicants must reapply.

Applications for matriculation must be completed well in advance of registration. For U.S. students only, applications for matriculation must be received by August 1 for the Fall term, by December 1 for the Spring term, and by May 1 for the Summer term. Students whose application folders are not completed for review in time for registration may be accepted as non-matriculated (non-degree) students until the review process is completed.

For international students, applications for matriculation must be received by  May 15 for the Fall term, October 15 for the Spring term, and May 1 for the Summer term.  Acceptance as a non-matriculated student is not available for international students.

Matriculated Students - MPH

A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from the undergraduate institution from which the applicant received his/her degree is generally required for those beginning studies as matriculated students (those pursuing a degree). However, the GPA (both undergraduate and graduate) is one of several factors that are considered. Other factors include the applicant’s  Personal Statement, recommendations, work experience, community involvement, and school extracurricular activities. GRE scores are not required for the MPH degree, but are required for the DrPh degree. Applicants  whose native language is not English must also submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores.

The ECFMG ENGLISH TEST scores may not be substituted for the TOEFL or IELTS scores.

To apply as a matriculated student, the applicant must submit:

  1. A completed application form signed and dated.
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $50 ($100 for international applicants requiring an I-20 form), in the form of a check or money order made payable to New York Medical College.
  3. Official transcript(s) of all post-secondary course work sent directly from the issuing official to the Admissions Office of the School of Health Sciences and Practice. A transcript sent to the
    student will only be accepted in a sealed envelope with the Registrar’s signature across the seal.
    • Foreign transcripts: All applicants with foreign transcripts must obtain an official evaluation of their diplomas and grade sheets from a U.S. Government-approved agency. This should include credit-hour equivalents with an explanation of the grading system at the foreign institution. Also, the official evaluation should include the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). The official evaluation should be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the evaluation service. Originals and certified English translations are also required for all official transcripts, grade sheets, diplomas and licenses that are not in English. All transcripts, diplomas and licenses must be on official paper and certified. They must be in envelopes, signed across the seal by a school official. If it is not possible to send originals with the application, original notarized copies must be provided. In this case, students are required to present originals to be witnessed by the Admissions Office after their arrival at the College and before registration.
  4. Two completed Recommendation Forms, which may be done online, or as hard copies (see application materials) mailed in sealed envelopes with the recommender’s signature across the seal, and sent directly to the Admissions Office. Recommendations must be from college instructors or advisors, or a previous or current employer or work supervisor.
  5. A Personal Statement of approximately 250 words, indicating career and professional goals as they relate to graduate school and the program chosen.
  6. A Résumé
  7. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 637 (PBT) – a minimum of 5 on the essay section, 270 (CBT) – a minimum of 5 on the essay section, or 96 (IBT) -no score less than 24 in any of the 4 categories; also accepted is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – a minimum score of Band 7; (the speech-language pathology masters program and the doctoral programs have different score requirements) for all applicants who are in any of the following four categories:

    a) Those whose native language is not English;

    b) Those from countries where English is one of the official
    languages, but not necessarily the first language of the
    majority of the population;

    c) Those from countries where English is not a native
    language, although available as a language of
    instruction at all or some levels of schooling;

    d) Those whose transcripts are not in English or from
    schools in non-English-speaking countries.

    The institution number to use for the TOEFL test is 2592. For information, contact the Educational Testing Service (TOEFL), P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000; telephone (609) 921-9000; e-mail: toefl@ets.org; website: http:www.toefl.org
    For information about the IELTS test, contact IELTS, Inc., 100 East Corson Street, Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA; phone (626)-564-2954; fax (626)-564-2981; email: ielts@ceii.org; website: www.ielts.org
    The ECFMG ENGLISH TEST scores may not be substituted for the TOEFL of IELTS scores.

    8. Proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella, for all students born on or after January 1, 1957. It is strongly recommended that proof of immunization accompany the application; if not submitted at that time, it must be submitted before registration. (See Proof of Immunization Requirement section on page 9.)

    9. An interview may be required.

All materials should be sent directly to:

New York Medical College
School of Health Sciences and Practice
Admissions Office – Room 316
Valhalla, NY
10595

 

Non-Matriculated Students

This option is not available to international students.

A U.S. applicant whose undergraduate GPA is under 3.0 may, at the discretion of the Admissions Review Committee, be accepted as a non-matriculated (non-degree) student and permitted to take up to nine credits. Upon completion of 9 credits with a grade point average of 3.0 (grades of B) or higher, the student’s status may then be reviewed for matriculation. Students who wish to have their status changed at this point complete a Change of Status form (secured from the Admissions Office) and indicate the program and degree of choice. Courses taken as a non-matriculated student are applied to the degree. Students should consult with the department chair or academic program director prior to matriculation to obtain advice about course selection.

Students who have insufficient academic preparation for matriculation may be required to take additional credits. Students who have not maintained a GPA of 3.0 may not be allowed to continue.

U.S. students enrolled in graduate programs at other accredited academic institutions may also enroll as non-matriculated students.
To enroll as a non-matriculated student the applicant must submit:

  1. An application form
  2. An application fee
  3. An official copy of all post-secondary transcript(s)
  4. A Personal Statement
  5. Two Recommendations
  6. TOEFL or IELTS scores if appropriate 
  7. A Résumé
  8. Proof of immunization
  9. An interview may be required

 

Non-matriculated students who wish to change their status to matriculated must submit in addition to the above:

  1. A new Personal Statement (may be required)
  2. A completed Change of Status form

 

All materials should be sent to the Admissions Office (same address).

 

Admission to Graduate Certificate Programs

Applicants to credit-bearing graduate certificate programs are accepted as non-matriculated students, and remain in this status for the duration of the program, even if the total number of credits exceeds nine.

To enroll in a graduate certificate program the applicant must submit:

  1. An application form
  2. An application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) of undergraduate (post-secondary) course work
  4. Two completed Recommendation Forms 
  5. A Personal Statement 
  6. TOEFL or IELTS scores if appropriate
  7. A Résumé
  8. Proof of immunization
  9. An interview may be required

 

All materials should be sent to the Admissions Office.

A letter of decision is sent to both matriculated and non-matriculated students after the application file has been reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
Students should contact the Financial Aid Office directly for financial aid information. Non-matriculated students and students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are not eligible for federal, state or institutional financial aid.

 

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Applicants should have earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) or a Master of Science (MS) degree in the field of Health Policy and Management; or a master’s degree in a related health field, and have attained a graduate GPA at the master’s (MPH or equivalent level) of at least 3.5. An applicant who does not have an MPH in the appropriate area prior to beginning the DrPH may be required to complete additional coursework typically covered by an MPH in Epidemiology or Health Policy and Management. Furthermore, the applicant must submit:

  1. A completed application form signed and dated.
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $100 ($150 for international applicants requiring an I-20 form), in the form of a check or money order made payable to New York Medical College.
  3. Official transcript(s) of all post-secondary course work sent directly from the issuing official to the Admissions Office of the School of Health Sciences and Practice. A transcript sent to the student will only be accepted in a sealed envelope with the Registrar’s signature across the seal.
  4. Foreign transcripts: All applicants with foreign transcripts must obtain an official evaluation of their diplomas and grade sheets from a U.S. Government-approved agency (see page 10 for a listing). This should include credit-hour equivalents with an explanation of the grading system at the foreign institution. Also, the official evaluation should include the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). The official evaluation should be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the evaluation service. Originals and certified English translations are also required for all official transcripts, grade sheets, diplomas and licenses that are not in English. All transcripts, diplomas and licenses must be on official paper and certified. They must be in envelopes, signed across the seal by a school official. If it is not possible to send originals with the application, original notarized copies must be provided. In this case, students are required to present originals to be witnessed by the Admissions Office after their arrival at the College and before registration.

  5. Submit scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and have achieved a minimum rank of the 50th percentile on all sections. The institution number to use for the test is 2563. For information, contact the Educations Testing Service (ETS), PO Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000; (609) 921-9000. MCAT or GMAT scores may be submitted in lieu of the GRE’s, however, they must have been attained within the last four years.
  6. Three letters of recommendation (at least two must be from graduate faculty members).
  7. A personal statement indicating why the applicant wishes to pursue a doctoral degree. The personal statement should be a maximum of 500 words.
  8. A résumé.
  9. Proof of immunization
  10. Applicants who are in any of the following four categories are required to obtain a minimum eligibility score of at least 660 (PBT – a minimum of 5 on the essay section), 287 (CBT – a minimum of 5 on the essay section), or 117 (IBT -no score less than 28 in any of the 4 sections) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted – with a minimum score of Band 8. The four categories are:

    a) Applicants whose native language is not English.
    b) Applicants from countries where English is one of the official languages, but not necessarily the first language of the majority of the population;
    c) Applicants from countries where English is not a native language, although available as a language of instruction at all or some levels of schooling;
    d) Applicants whose transcripts are not in English or are from schools in non-English-speaking countries.

The institution number to use for the TOEFL test is 2592. For information, contact the Educational Testing Service (TOEFL), PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000; telephone (609) 921-9000; e-mail: toefl@ets.org; website: http:www.toefl.org

For information about the IELTS test, contact IELTS, Inc., 100 East Corson Street, Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA; phone (626)-564-2954; fax (626)-564-2981; email: ielts@ceii.org; website: www.ielts.org

The ECFMG ENGLISH TEST scores may not be substituted for the TOEFL or IELTS scores.

All materials should be sent directly to:

New York Medical College
School of Health Sciences and Practice
Admissions Office – Room 316
Valhalla, NY
10595

Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee as soon as the applicant’s folder is complete. Applicants who appear to fulfill the criteria are invited to campus for an orientation to the program and for a formal interview.

Acceptances are issued on a rolling basis for a Fall start. Accepted students must submit a $500 deposit to guarantee place in the class, as only a limited number of qualified students can be accommodated each year.
All accepted students should be competent in using a software office suite including a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a presentation program. Students may be required to take a computer literacy test as evidence of competency.

 

Proof of Immunization Requirement

To comply with New York State law, the College requires that students born on or after January 1, 1957, show protection against measles, mumps and rubella. Any student without a certificate of immunization or other acceptable evidence of immunity to each disease will be excluded from enrollment or attendance. The Student Immunization Record form signed by a physician or nurse or a copy of lab results with the name and address of the lab is required. It must specify the immunizations given and the dates on which they were administered. Lab results along with name and address of lab are required for documentation of seroimmunity. New students should submit this form with the Application for Admission to the Admissions Office of the School of Public Health. However, if this is not possible it must be submitted before registration.

The law defines adequate immunization as:

Measles: Two doses of measles vaccine administered at least one month apart. The first after the first birthday and the second on or after 15 months of age. Submission of a date and results of a measles immune titer can also fulfill the reqirements.

AND

Mumps: One dose of mumps vaccine administered after the student's first birthday. Submission of a date and results of a mumps immune titer are also acceptable.

AND

Rubella: One dose of rubella vaccine administered after the student's first birthday. Submission of a date and results of a rubella titer indicating immunity are also acceptable.

OR

The MMR vaccine is recommended for measles vaccinations to provide increased protection against all three diseases: measles, mumps and rubella. Two MMR vaccines or 1 MMR vaccine and 1 measles vaccine can fulfill the immunization requirements in place of the above.

Exemptions from this requirement are as follows:

  1. The student presents a physician's written statement that immunization against one or more of these diseases is medically unadvisable. The physician's statement must specify the reason the vaccine is contraindicated and that reason should be consistent with the United States Public Health Service Advisory Committee's statement regarding contraindications. If the physician's statement does not include all diseases, the student must meet the immunization/immunity requirements for those diseases not covered by the statement.
  2. The student presents a signed statement indicating an opposition to immunization because of a sincere religious belief.

 

Any student so exempted from these requirements will be excluded from attending classes for a specified period upon the documentation of a single case of measles, mumps or rubella occurring within the student body.

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccination Response Form

This form, required by New York State Public Health Law 2167, along with accompanying explanatory material, is distributed to all new students at the time of registration. Students who fail to complete the form will not be allowed to register.

 

Transfer of Credits

A matriculated student who has completed graduate courses at other schools may be permitted to transfer earned credits.  Applicants must have earned a minimum grade of B, course credits must not have been applied toward a degree that was granted at another institution, and courses must be appropriate to the student’s program at the School of Health Sciences and Practice. For MPH degree candidates, a maximum of 9 credits are transferable. For DrPH degree candidates, a maximum of 12 credits are transferable. Students must submit the Transfer of Credit form, available online, in the Office of the University Registrar or in the Admissions Office, to the Department Chair/Program Director, along with course descriptions and/or course syllabi.

Note:

Applicants who are not able to complete their application file in advance of registration may be permitted to register after consultation with and approval by the Admissions Office. These students must register as non-matriculants. All application files must be completed before they can be reviewed for matriculation. A letter of acceptance will be issued after the application file is complete and has been reviewed for matriculated or non-matriculated status. Students interested in financial aid information should contact the Office of Student Financial Planning. Non-matriculating students and students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are not eligible for federal, state or institutional financial aid.

Office of Admissions & Recruitment

Office of the Dean & Vice Dean

Office of Student Financial Planning

914-594-4510

914-594-4531

914-594-4491

If you have a specific question about the admissions process, you may email us at shsp_admissions@nymc.edu.

If you have any questions about the online programs offered at SHSP you may email us at shsp_online@nymc.edu.

You may also call us (see above). If you leave a message on our voicemail, please include your name, address, and a telephone number where you can be reached and the program in which you are interested.

Page updated: July 10, 2013