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  1. The GSBMS Admissions Office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Office can be reached:

    by phone:914-594-4110
    by fax:914-594-4944
    by e-mail: gsbms_apply@nymc.edu

    Please make sure you check the ApplyYourself system periodically to assess the status of your application. Sign back into the ApplyYourself Application Network using your PIN and Password; the status page will display what documents have been received as well as those still outstanding. If a reminder needs to be sent to a recommender, you can do that within the application system as well.

  2. There are 6 Master's degree (M.S.) programs with 3 separate tracks, 2 pre-professional Master's programs and 6 Ph.D. programs. They are:

    Accelerated Master’s Program (IBMS) - M.S.
    Basic Medical Sciences-Traditional (IBMS) - M.S.
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - M.S. and Ph.D.
    Cell Biology - M.S. and Ph.D.
    Microbiology and Immunology - M.S. and Ph.D.
    Pathology - M.S. and Ph.D.
    Pharmacology - M.S. and Ph.D.
    Physiology - M.S. and Ph.D.

    Please click on Degrees &Programs for descriptions of each of these programs and their degree requirements.

    New Ph.D. students first enter the Integrated Ph.D. Program without declaring a major discipline of study. That decision is deferred for one year, during which time they undertake a core curriculum and explore research options and elective courses throughout the Graduate School. Students entering the Ph.D. with advanced standing (i.e., after completing one of our Master’s programs) or who enter as M.D./Ph.D. students may enter directly into one of the six Ph.D. disciplines.

  3. It can take anywhere from 2 to 5 years to complete the M.S. program depending upon whether you attend on a full-time or part-time basis. The average time to degree for the Ph.D. program is 5 to 6 years. Students in the Accelerated Master’s Program attend classes from early August through the following mid-June, allowing all degree requirements (minus the Literature Review) to be completed within one calendar year.

  4. The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an overall Grade Point Average of 3.00 or better. In some programs there are specific prerequisites. Standardized test scores (GRE, MCAT, DAT, or OAT, see below) and evidence of appropriate motivation and character are also considered in the admissions decision. For more information, applicants should either consult with the program director or review the specific program requirements within our website.

  5. Please click on Requirements to view the documents required for admission.

  6. Please click on Deadlines to view the GSBMS application deadlines.

    NOTE: Applications for admission cannot be processed and offers of admission cannot be made until the completed application has been submitted to the Office of Admissions. A completed application means that the application, personal statement(s), the application fee, and all supporting documentation (official transcripts, tests scores, letters of recommendation) have all been received by the Office of Admissions by the deadline date.

    In order to hold a place in an incoming class, offers of admission must be accepted in writing within two weeks after the date of the offer letter. If there are any extenuating circumstances which prevent you from meeting this deadline, please notify the Office of Admissions immediately.

    Stipend awards, which are offered only to Ph.D. students, must be accepted by April 15th or by two weeks after the date of the offer letter, whichever is later. After April 15, acceptance of Ph.D. admission offers with stipend and fellowship by applicants is considered binding. That is, an applicant should not accept any other offer without first obtaining release from the offer already accepted.

  7. We will do our best to accommodate applications received after any of the specified deadline dates if there are admission slots available. However, there is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the semester of your choice, or that financial aid and/or on-campus housing will be available.

  8. There is a special form for letters of recommendation that can be downloaded from this website (Letter of Recommendation Form), or accessed via the online application system. If a recommender has written a letter on your behalf, that entire letter can be attached to the form or uploaded to the online recommendation site. Please note - recommendation letters may be submitted without the recommendation form. These letters must be dated, signed, and written on the letterhead of the writer’s institution and mailed directly by the writer to the Graduate School Admissions Office in a sealed envelope or submitted through Interfolio. ‌

  9. Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences
    New York Medical College
    Basic Sciences Building, Room A41
    Valhalla, New York 10595

  10. All supporting documents should be sent to:

    Office of Admissions
    Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences
    New York Medical College
    Basic Sciences Building, Room A41
    Valhalla, NY 10595

    If you send your documents by FedEx, include the street address 40 Sunshine Cottage Road in the delivery address.

  11. No.

  12. No minimum score has been set. Offers of admission, however, are based on merit and evaluation of the applicant’s potential for academic success. Standardized test scores, therefore, are considered carefully and are an important element, among several that contribute to the admissions decision.

    The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) is highly rigorous and admission is very competitive. A minimum total MCAT score falling in the range of the 70th percentile is required in order for an applicant to be considered for this program.

  13. In order to qualify for on-campus housing you must be a matriculated full-time student. However, on-campus housing is very limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Because on-campus housing is so limited, students admitted into our Ph.D. programs are assigned housing before students admitted into our M.S. programs.

    On-campus housing is assigned in the Fall semester for the entire academic year (through June). Generally, on-campus housing cannot be obtained by students enrolling in the Spring semester.

    Please visit the Residential Life for further information.

  14. In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must be enrolled in a degree program. Master's students must be enrolled in 8 credits to qualify for full financial aid. Students enrolling for fewer credits may also be eligible for financial aid on a pro-rated basis. For an application and more information regarding financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 914-594-4491 or by reviewing the Student Financial Aid.

    International students are not eligible for student loans or government supported work/study programs. International students are expected to provide the full cost of their tuition and living expenses from their personal or family funds.

  15. Incoming Ph.D. students may be offered a scholarship package that includes a full waiver of tuition, an annual stipend, hospitalization and medical insurance, and a waiver of the Student Health Services fee. Ph.D. students receive a modestly increased stipend after successfully passing the Doctoral Qualifying Examination.

    This offer is based on merit. Only students who plan to pursue the Ph.D. degree on a full time basis are eligible for these scholarships.

  16. The Graduate School classifies all Ph.D. students as Graduate Research Associates. It does not distinguish between students on scholarship and those holding research assistantships. There are no teaching assistantships available.

    Most of the Ph.D. programs require their Ph.D. students to assist in the medical school and/or M.S. graduate education programs as lab instructors or small group facilitators. All of the Ph.D. programs require extensive laboratory work to be performed by the Ph.D. student. These activities, however, are components of the educational program leading to the Ph.D. degree, and are not considered to constitute separate employment duties.

    Limited opportunities for individual tutoring or extracurricular teaching assistance do exist, and students who undertake these duties are compensated accordingly.

    M.S. students may qualify for positions as laboratory research assistants, and would receive a salary for these duties. These positions are filled by the investigators responsible for each research project.

  17. No.

  18. Please visit Tuition to review the current tuition costs & corresponding fees.

  19. Registration begins in early July for the Fall semester, mid-November for the Spring semester, and early May for the summer session. Accelerated Master’s program students register in the Fall for the entire year. Course offerings are made available at the same time registration begins.

  20. Classes for the Fall usually begin in August and run until mid-December. For the Spring semester, classes usually begin in mid-January and run until early May. For the Summer session, classes are held from early June through the end of July.

  21. Courses are scheduled from Monday through Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters. Most classes are held in the evening between 4:00 and 8:00 pm. The Accelerated Master’s program holds classes throughout the day.