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Program Overview

Specific Program Requirements (Hegis Code 0408)

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.

Students participate in laboratory research each semester, acquiring skills and experience for developing a program of supervised independent research for the doctoral dissertation. Journal Club (PATM 8010) is taken each semester by all Ph.D. students in residence in pathology. Students also register for appropriate research activity each semester in residence – viz., research rotation (BMSM 9110 or PATM 9110), pre-dissertation research training (PATM 9200), or doctoral dissertation research (PATM 9900).

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  
Cell Biology (CBAM 1360) 3 credits
General Biochemistry I and II (BCHM 1010, 1020) 8 credits
Biochemistry of Gene Expression (BCHM 1250) 4 credits
Introduction to Pathology (PATM 1080) 3 credits
Conceptual Pathology (PATM 1050) 2 credits
Systemic Pathology (PATM 1090) 3 credits
Introduction to Biostatistics (BMSM 1100)
  OR Statistics for Basic Medical Sciences (BMSM 1200)
2 credits
3 credits
Responsible Conduct of Research (BMSM 2020) 2 credits
Electives (didactic credits only) 4-5 credits


32 credits

During their first year, students undertake at least two research rotations (PATM 9110) in different laboratories in order to gain an appreciation of different areas and strategies of investigation and to determine a suitable dissertation advisor. The number of rotations may be reduced based on the student’s prior laboratory 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

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree are also required to pass both the written and oral components of a comprehensive Ph.D. qualifying examination administered by the program faculty near the end of the second year of study.


The student is eligible to enter doctoral candidacy after successful completion of the Qualifying Examination, the accumulation of at least 30 didactic credits including all required courses, and the recommendation of the program faculty.