1. Applicants must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from an accredited U.S. college or university or from a recognized foreign institution.
An “accredited” U.S. institution is any postsecondary institution that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency – ex., the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. A “recognized foreign institution” is an institution outside of the U.S. that is recognized by that country’s Ministry of Education or similar authority as a post-secondary, academic-degree-granting institution.
The Graduate School reserves the right to evaluate whether any specific degree earned by the applicant is academically “equivalent” to, or higher than, a baccalaureate degree. Applicants with degrees from foreign institutions are encouraged to have their record formally evaluated by a recognized independent agency, such as the World Education Service, and to submit that evaluation to the Graduate School. We reserve the right to require such an outside evaluation in individual cases, at the applicant’s expense.
An exception to the requirement of a previously completed baccalaureate degree may be made for students undertaking the beginning of graduate study under a formal or ad hoc articulation agreement with the applicant’s undergraduate institution. In general, no graduate degree will be granted, and the Graduate School’s offer of admission will be revoked, if the student fails to complete the undergraduate degree within the time allowed by the articulation agreement.
2. Students must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
Transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the issuing college or university in sealed envelopes, must bear the official seal or stamp of the university, and must indicate the date and name of any degree(s) awarded. Official, but non-final, transcripts are acceptable during the application process, if the applicant is still enrolled in the undergraduate or graduate institution. A final transcript showing the degree awarded must, however, be submitted to the Graduate School before the student’s initial enrollment. Failure to submit such a final transcript may prevent the student’s enrollment. If the student is allowed to enroll on a conditional basis pending the receipt of the required document(s), he or she would not be eligible for financial aid, student housing, or other services provided only to fully matriculated students.
Transcripts must be submitted from all post-secondary schools attended, even if the applicant was not a matriculated student or even if only a single course was taken.
Each transcript should be accompanied by an explanation of the credit hour and grading system. This is particularly true for foreign institutions or if a grading system other than the traditional American 4-point system (4.0) is used. Applicants should ask their Registrars to provide such an explanation if it is not already included on the official transcript. All submitted transcripts, diplomas and certificates of completion must be in English or must be accompanied by a complete, verified translation into English.
In the event that official transcripts cannot be provided by the applicant’s previously attended institutions – such as because of political prohibitions or the destruction of the institution’s records – the applicant should submit an official letter from an official of the institution or the country’s Ministry of Education that explains the situation. In these extreme cases, the Graduate School may allow the submission of authenticated copies of the required documents. Any and all such exceptions must be authorized by the Graduate School Admissions Office, which retains final authority in this matter.
3. Students must submit valid standardized test scores in order to be considered for admission into a degree program in the Graduate School.
Applicants for the PhD program must submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Applicants may submit GRE Subject Test scores in Chemistry, Biology, or Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology, but Subject Test scores are not required. The College's institutional code number (DI code) is 2553; the DI name is New York Medical College.
Applicants for any of the Master’s programs must submit scores for either the GRE General Test or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Dental Admission Test (DAT). The College's institutional code number (DI code) is 2553; the DI name is New York Medical College. If available, all scores may be submitted, but only one test is required. Applicants may also submit GRE Subject Test scores, if available, but these are not required. Standardized test scores may be waived for students enrolling under a formal articulation agreement with an undergraduate institution. Applicants to the Accelerated Master’s program are required to submit Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores.
Students seeking admission as non-matriculants are not required to submit GRE, MCAT, or DAT test scores. These test scores will be required, however, if the student subsequently seeks matriculation into a degree program.
All test scores must be reported by the testing agency directly to the Graduate School. If such scores cannot be reported because the testing agency’s time limit has expired, the applicant will need to re-take the required test. The MCAT verification code and AAMC id must be supplied to the Graduate School office so that the MCAT scores may be verified and printed by the school.
In the event that an applicant cannot take the required test without undue hardship because it is geographically or politically unavailable, the applicant may request, in writing, that the requirement be deferred until his or her arrival at NYMC. If the Graduate School grants the request, the applicant may be offered conditional admission. Failure to complete the missing test and obtain acceptable scores before the end of the first semester of study will result is the revocation of the offer of admission. Foreign applicants should note, however, that it is in general very difficult to obtain an entry visa based on a conditional admission. Therefore, every reasonable effort should be made to take the required tests in a timely fashion.
There is no pre-set minimum standard for these test scores that would determine an applicant’s eligibility for admission. However, GRE or MCAT test scores below the US national mean, or TOEFL scores that suggest significant difficulty in understanding or communicating in English will reduce an applicant’s chances for admission. The minimum criteria for acceptance into the Accelerated Master’s Track is an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.1, including a 3.1 GPA in science and math courses, and a total MCAT score of 28 with no individual section score less than 8 (prior to January 2015) or a minimum total score of @70% (after January 2015). These are minimum criteria for consideration but do not, by themselves, guarantee acceptance into the Accelerated Masters Track in Basic Medical Sciences. Applicants with an appropriate academic background and solid clinical/research experience will be invited to interview - either in person or Skype - for possible acceptance into the Accelerated program. The entire application and the interview will be considered in order to identify the strongest applicants.
4. Each application must be supported by two letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals with knowledge of the applicant.
The letters should address the applicant’s fitness and readiness for graduate study. This may involve the applicant’s academic abilities, creativity, intellectual curiosity, stability, integrity, and motivation, as well as other factors. The writer of each letter of recommendation should comment on as many of these factors as he or she may have knowledge of.
The letters must be dated, signed, and written (in English) on the letterhead of the writer’s institution. These letters must be sent directly by the writers to the Graduate School Admissions Office in sealed envelopes, via Interfolio, or our on-line application system. The official recommendation form should be completed by each recommender. It includes a place for the applicant to waive his or her right to see the recommendation.
5. The applicant must submit a complete application, including two personal statements that explain the applicant’s motivation and purpose in undertaking graduate study.
The applicant must complete all sections of the application. The application must be ‘signed’ electronically. We expect that the applicant will reply truthfully to all information requested on the application. Any false statements or withholding of information that is requested may result in the College revoking any offer of admission or in the student’s subsequent dismissal from the Graduate School.
The first personal statement asks applicants to explain what has led them to their decision to pursue graduate study in the biomedical sciences. A second statement asks that applicants explain their long-term career goals and how study at NYMC will help achieve those goals.
The application should be submitted electronically with the appropriate non-refundable application fee ($75.00 for U.S. applicants, $100.00 for international applicants), which is paid either by credit card or e-check..
An application is considered “complete” when the Admissions Office has received the application, personal statements, application fee, transcripts, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation are submitted to the Graduate School by the appropriate institutions or individuals in a timely manner.
6. International Applicants
International applicants must provide additional documents that include the items mentioned below.
TOEFL scores: Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The College's institutional code number (DI code) is 2553; the DI name is New York Medical College. A foreign applicant who has earned an undergraduate or previous graduate degree from an institution in which English is the official language of instruction may request, in writing, that the TOEFL requirement be waived. Documentation to support the claim that English was the language of instruction is also required if the institution is in a country where a language other than English is the official or most common language. The Graduate School reserves the right to grant or deny the request.
If test scores are older than two years, the applicant may be required to take the test again.
All foreign transcripts must be translated into English. If the postsecondary institution does not use a standard grading system (A-F) or uses a non-standard credit system that does not conform to customary American practice, the transcript should be converted to American equivalents using one of the following or a comparable certified service:
World Education Service
(212) 966-6311 Fax: (212) 966-6395
Educational Credential Evaluations, Inc.
(414) 289-3400 Fax: (414) 289-3411
Josef Sliny & Associates, Inc.
(305) 273-1616 Fax: (305) 273-1984
This is the applicant's responsibility. We cannot guarantee that your application will be reviewed if we do not receive these materials by the deadline date.
TOEFL scores and transcripts should be submitted as soon as possible to expedite the admissions process.
Financial Documents – dated after February 1
Supporting financial documents must be dated and received by the Graduate School Admissions Office no earlier than February 1st for Fall term admission. If you have previously submitted financial affidavits and supporting documentation that pre-date February 1st, you will need to submit new documents.
- The International Applicant Financial Affidavit Form must be completed by all international applicants.
- Original bank documentation indicating sufficient funds in U.S. dollars are available for one year of study.
Any international applicant accepted into the Integrated PhD program without stipend support and/or accompanied by dependents must also submit original bank documentation.
- If a sponsor is providing the applicant with financial support, then the applicant must submit an International Sponsor Affidavit form as well.
Student Visas (I-20)
Student visas are issued by the International Student and Scholar Advisor. The visa is not issued until after the applicant has submitted all necessary documentation and has been admitted into a program. When the applicant has accepted our offer of admission and submitted a non-refundable deposit of $500 against the first semester's tuition, the International Student and Scholar Advisor will send the I-20.
Page updated: August 18, 2015