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NYMC > Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences (GSBMS) > Admissions & Financial Aid > Admission Requirements


1. Applicants must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from an accredited U.S. college or university or from a recognized foreign institution. 

An accredited U.S. institution is any postsecondary institution that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency – ex., the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. A “recognized foreign institution” is an institution outside of the U.S. that is recognized by that country’s Ministry of Education or similar authority as a post-secondary, academic-degree-granting institution.

The Graduate School reserves the right to evaluate whether any specific degree earned by the applicant is academically “equivalent” to, or higher than, a baccalaureate degree. Applicants with degrees from foreign institutions are encouraged to have their record formally evaluated by a recognized independent agency, such as the World Education Service, and to submit that evaluation to the Graduate School. We reserve the right to require such an outside evaluation in individual cases, at the applicant’s expense.

An exception to the requirement of a previously completed baccalaureate degree may be made for students undertaking the beginning of graduate study under a formal or ad hoc articulation agreement with the applicant’s undergraduate institution. In general, no graduate degree will be granted, and the Graduate School’s offer of admission will be revoked, if the student fails to complete the undergraduate degree within the time allowed by the articulation agreement.

2. Students must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. 

Transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the issuing college or university in sealed envelopes, must bear the official seal or stamp of the university, and must indicate the date and name of any degree(s) awarded. Official, but non-final, transcripts are acceptable during the application process, if the applicant is still enrolled in the undergraduate or graduate institution. A final transcript showing the degree awarded must, however, be submitted to the Graduate School before the student’s initial enrollment. Failure to submit such a final transcript may prevent the student’s enrollment. If the student is allowed to enroll on a conditional basis pending the receipt of the required document(s), he or she would not be eligible for financial aid, student housing, or other services provided only to fully matriculated students.

Transcripts must be submitted from all post-secondary schools attended, even if the applicant was not a matriculated student or even if only a single course was taken.

Each transcript should be accompanied by an explanation of the credit hour and grading system. This is particularly true for foreign institutions or if a grading system other than the traditional American 4-point system (4.0) is used. Applicants should ask their Registrars to provide such an explanation if it is not already included on the official transcript. All submitted transcripts, diplomas and certificates of completion must be in English or must be accompanied by a complete, verified translation into English.

In the event that official transcripts cannot be provided by the applicant’s previously attended institutions – such as because of political prohibitions or the destruction of the institution’s records – the applicant should submit an official letter from an official of the institution or the country’s Ministry of Education that explains the situation. In these extreme cases, the Graduate School may allow the submission of authenticated copies of the required documents. Any and all such exceptions must be authorized by the Graduate School Admissions Office, which retains final authority in this matter.

3. Students must submit valid standardized test scores in order to be considered for admission into a degree program in the Graduate School. 

Applicants for the Ph.D. program must submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test; Subject Test scores are not required. The College's institutional code number (DI code) is 2553; the DI name is NYMC Grad Sch Basic Med Sci.

Applicants for any of the Master’s programs must submit scores for either the GRE General Test or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Dental Admission Test (DAT) or the Optometry Admission Test (OAT). If available, all scores may be submitted, but only one test is required. Standardized test scores may be waived for students enrolling under a formal articulation agreement with an undergraduate institution. Applicants to the Accelerated Master’s program are required to submit Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores.

Students seeking admission as non-matriculants are not required to submit standardized test scores. These test scores will be required, however, if the student subsequently seeks matriculation into a degree program.

All test scores must be reported by the testing agency directly to the Graduate School. We accept GRE scores taken within the last 5 years, MCAT scores within the last 3 years, DAT scores within the last 3 years, and OAT scores within the last 2 years. If such scores cannot be reported because the testing agency’s time limit has expired, the applicant will need to re-take the required test. The MCAT verification code and AAMC id must be supplied to the Graduate School office so that the MCAT scores may be verified.

In the event that an applicant cannot take the required test without undue hardship because it is geographically or politically unavailable, the applicant may request, in writing, that the requirement be deferred until his or her arrival at NYMC. If the Graduate School grants the request, the applicant may be offered conditional admission. Failure to complete the missing test and obtain acceptable scores before the end of the first semester of study will result is the revocation of the offer of admission. Foreign applicants should note, however, that it is in general very difficult to obtain an entry visa based on a conditional admission. Therefore, every reasonable effort should be made to take the required tests in a timely fashion.

There is no pre-set minimum standard for these test scores that would determine an applicant’s eligibility for admission. However, GRE/MCAT/DAT test scores below the US national mean, or TOEFL scores that suggest significant difficulty in understanding or communicating in English will reduce an applicant’s chances for admission.

The minimum criteria for acceptance into the Accelerated Master’s Track is an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.1, including a 3.1 GPA in science and math courses, and a minimum total MCAT score ≥ the 70th percentile. These are minimum criteria for consideration but do not, by themselves, guarantee acceptance into the Accelerated Masters Track in Basic Medical Sciences. Applicants with an appropriate academic background and solid clinical/research experience will be invited to interview for possible acceptance into the Accelerated program. The entire application and the interview will be considered in order to identify the strongest applicants.

4. Each application must be supported by two letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals with knowledge of the applicant. 

The letters should address the applicant’s fitness and readiness for graduate study. This may involve the applicant’s academic abilities, creativity, intellectual curiosity, stability, integrity, and motivation, as well as other factors. 

The letters must be dated, signed, and written (in English) on the letterhead of the writer’s institution. These letters must be sent directly by the writers to the Graduate School Admissions Office in sealed envelopes, via Interfolio, or our online application system. The official recommendation form should be completed by each recommender. It includes a place for the applicant to waive his or her right to see the recommendation.

5. The applicant must submit a complete application, including two personal statements that explain the applicant’s motivation and purpose in undertaking graduate study. 

The applicant must complete all sections of the application. The application must be ‘signed’ electronically. We expect that the applicant will reply truthfully to all information requested on the application. Any false statements or withholding of information that is requested may result in the College revoking any offer of admission or in the student’s subsequent dismissal from the Graduate School.

Depending on the program of choice, a personal statement(s) must be uploaded explaining the applicant’s motivation and purpose in undertaking graduate study.

The application should be submitted electronically with the appropriate non-refundable application fee ($75.00 for U.S. applicants, $100.00 for international applicants), which is paid by credit card. Application fee waivers will be granted in the following situations:

  1. Applicants with a demonstrated financial hardship, supported by appropriate documentation.
  2. McNair scholars.
  3. Applicants who have completed or are currently in good standing in an NIH-sponsored Post Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP).
  4. Underrepresented minority applicants who have attended the most recent Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).
  5. Fulbright scholars.

An application is considered “complete” when the Admissions Office has received the application, personal statement(s), application fee, transcripts, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation are submitted to the Graduate School by the appropriate institutions or individuals in a timely manner.