The Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences seeks to admit students who are well prepared for its educational programs and who, upon graduation, hold the best promise of becoming outstanding teachers, researchers, and practitioners of science.
The number of positions in Graduate School programs, particularly our Ph.D. program, is limited. The Admissions Committee considers many factors in reaching its decision on each applicant. Objective criteria, such as academic record and standardized test scores, are important. Equally important, however, are more subjective assessments of factors such as the candidate’s intellectual curiosity, maturity, integrity and motivation.
In order to be considered seriously for admission to any of the degree programs of the Graduate School, candidates must demonstrate above-average academic achievement at the undergraduate level and in any previous work undertaken at the graduate level. Strong performance in mathematics and science courses is particularly important. Scores on standardized tests, such as the GRE general test, MCAT, DAT or OAT, must support the candidate’s strength in basic quantitative and verbal skills. For international applicants educated in non-English speaking institutions, an adequate TOEFL score is needed to demonstrate the applicant’s ability to communicate in English.
Since it is a major goal of our degree programs, in particular the Ph.D. program, to produce graduates who are capable of pursuing careers involving active scientific investigation, candidates for these programs must also possess certain other abilities and skills of several varieties. These include abilities and skills related to observation, communication, and fine motor skills. The potential for high-level conceptual, integrative and quantitative thinking must be present. Candidates must possess behavioral and social abilities and skills commensurate with the interactive nature of modern science. While technical compensation can be made for some disabilities in certain of these aforementioned areas, the Graduate School must be fully satisfied that a candidate can perform in a reasonably independent manner, and be able to complete all aspects – intellectual and physical – of the entire curriculum of required courses, electives, and training activities. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable since this would subordinate the candidate’s judgment to the influence of someone else’s powers of observation and selection.
The Graduate School actively recruits applicants of both sexes and members of minority groups that are under-represented in the biological sciences. No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
All policies regarding admissions, employment, and education programs and activities are established and administered in conformity with the Education Practices Act of New York State, as well as state and federal civil rights laws, specifically including Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 and its associated regulations, prohibiting practices or policies in admissions, education programs, or employment that are in any way discriminatory on the basis of sex.
All applicants should be aware that official acceptance into any of the degree programs of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences is conferred only by a letter of acceptance from the Dean of the Graduate School. Informal and non-binding indications of an applicant’s acceptability for a program may be conveyed by a program director, but the Dean’s letter is the official notice of admission.