The Ph.D. degree is the highest academic degree granted by American universities. It is a research degree, in contrast to "professional" degrees such as M.D., Ed.D., or J.D. It is awarded to individuals who demonstrate both a mastery of the current knowledge in the discipline of study and also the ability to employ state-of-the-art techniques to advance the knowledge in that field.
The Graduate School’s Ph.D. program is designed to prepare graduates for careers as independent researchers or as leaders in academia, industry, or government. Our Ph.D. program requires 29-36 didactic course credits plus ongoing research training, culminating in the completion of an original and comprehensive research project. Students must pass a comprehensive qualifying exam before advancing to the dissertation phase of the program. Each successful Ph.D. candidate must then undertake and complete original laboratory research under the guidance of a graduate faculty mentor, and write and defend a doctoral dissertation based on this work. The Ph.D. program may be completed in as few as four years for full-time students, although the typical completion time is five to six years.
Students enter via our Integrated Ph.D. Program (IPP), which does not require a declaration of a major until the second year of study. NYMC students may enter with advanced standing following the completion of one of the Graduate School’s Master’s programs. In addition, highly motivated and talented students from NYMC’s School of Medicine may be admitted to the dual-degree M.D./Ph.D. program.
Ph.D. degrees are awarded in six disciplines: