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Program Overview

Specific Program Requirements (Hegis Code 0411)

Students may enter the Ph.D. program in one of three ways: (1) via our Integrated Ph.D. Program (IPP), which does not require a declaration of a major until the second year of study, (2) with advanced standing following the completion of one of the Graduate School’s Master’s programs, or (3) highly motivated and talented students from NYMC’s School of Medicine may be admitted to the dual-degree M.D./Ph.D. program.

For all tracks, enrollment in Departmental Seminar (MCRM 8020) is required each semester while the student is active in the microbiology & immunology program. Students are also required to teach at least two years in the laboratory portion of the Medical Microbiology course. Students who have chosen a dissertation sponsor register for MCRM 9200 each semester until achieving candidacy, and MCRM 9900 each semester thereafter until the dissertation research is complete. A certain number of elective credits (specified in each track) must be earned from advanced courses in microbiology and immunology (catalog # 2000-7999, except for 2010 and 2110).

Entry through the Integrated Ph.D. Program

The Integrated Ph.D. program overview can be found in the IPP section of our website.

Entry with Advanced Standing

Required Courses  
General Biochemistry I (BCHM 1010)
  AND/OR General Biochemistry II (BCHM 1020)
  AND/OR Biochemistry of Gene Expression (BCHM 1250) *
8 credits
Responsible Conduct of Research (BMSM 2020) 2 credits
General Microbiology I and II (MCRM 1010, 1020) 8 credits
Electives (didactic credits only) †  11 credits

29 credits

* Two of the three courses listed must be taken for a total of 8 credits. † At least 6 elective credits must be in advanced microbiology & immunology courses. Other elective credits may include courses offered by other departments, with the prior approval of the graduate program director. The student will undertake a minimum of two research rotations (MCRM 9110) before choosing a dissertation advisor. Fewer rotations  may be required based on the student’s prior research experience.

Entry as an M.D./Ph.D.

The M.D./Ph.D. program overview can be found in the M.D./Ph.D. section of our website.

Qualifying Examination

Students in good academic standing can take the Qualifying Examination after completing 30 credits of didactic coursework, including Medical Microbiology (MCRM 1410), with the approval of the faculty. The examination consists of a written research proposal, using the model of a fellowship application, that serves as the basis for an oral examination by the program faculty.

Dissertation Committee

The Dissertation Committee consists of at least five members including the student’s sponsor, the Department Chairman or his appointed representative, and one member of the graduate faculty from outside the department. The committee may include a qualified scientist from outside the College. The sponsor serves as the chair of the committee.