New York Medical College

Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

Programs of Study

The Graduate School offers 8 different M.S. programs and 6 Ph.D. programs, plus a dual-degree program leading to the M.D./Ph.D. Scroll down for more details on programs offered.

Degree Program



Integrated PhD Program (IPP)


Interdisciplinary Basic Medical Sciences
Accelerated Track &
Traditional Track


Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Cell Biology


Microbiology & Immunology



MD/PhD Program


Each Master's program requires a minimum of 30 credits. Students must write either a Master's Literature Review of a current field of investigation, based upon reading and library research (Plan A), or a Master's Thesis, based upon original laboratory research performed by the student under the guidance of a Graduate Faculty mentor (Plan B).

In either case, the Master's program may be completed in as short a time as two years. All the M.S. programs are designed with sufficient flexibility, however, that a student may pursue this degree on a part-time basis, taking as long as five years to complete the requirements. Didactic courses are offered during the evening, so that students may complete the M.S. programs while concurrently being employed full-time or undertaking a full-time laboratory research project.

The Graduate School's Ph.D. programs require the student to earn 45 course credits and an additional 15 credits of dissertation research. At an intermediary stage in the program, each successful Ph.D. student must pass a Qualifying Exam, which is a comprehensive test of the candidate's suitability for advancing to the dissertation phase of the program. Each successful Ph.D. candidate must complete a significant body of original laboratory research, under the guidance of a Graduate Faculty mentor, and write and defend a doctoral dissertation based upon this work.

The Ph.D. requirements may be completed in as little as four years of full-time effort (most advisable method), although the normal completion time is five to six years. Accommodations may be made in exceptional circumstances. Leaves of absence for childbirth or other acceptable reasons are allowed for and should not, in themselves, be viewed as insurmountable obstacles to the successful pursuit of a Ph.D. degree. Most or all of the credits earned in pursuit of an M.S. degree can also be applied towards Ph.D. degree requirements, so students who begin their studies in a Master's program can later complete a Ph.D. program with minimal loss of time.

The M.D./Ph.D. program can be undertaken in any of the Graduate School's Ph.D. disciplines. Successful completion of the first two years of the medical school curriculum is required, plus a limited number of advanced graduate courses. The major activity of the Ph.D. portion of the program involves research training and completion of an original dissertation research project.

Each of the Graduate School's M.S. and Ph.D. programs is supervised by one of the six basic science departments, except the M.S. Program in the Basic Medical Sciences, which is offered as an interdisciplinary program that spans all the basic medical sciences. The Department of Experimental Pathology offers three different specialized M.S. programs with concentrations in Environmental Pathology, Toxicological Pathology or Applied Environmental Science and Health, in addition to its more general Experimental Pathology M.S. track.

All programs follow the same broad structure outlined above, but each has its own course requirements, and may also have different specific admission requirements. The format of the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam may vary from one program to another. In the section that follows, general degree requirements common to all programs are presented. Following that, the various M.S. and Ph.D. programs are presented in more detail under the heading of the appropriate basic science discipline. In addition, information is presented about the faculty in each department and the courses offered. In general, the courses offered by each department are available as electives for students in other programs.

While every effort has been made to ensure that this website contains accurate descriptions of program, degree and course requirements, and the various Graduate School regulations, these requirements and regulations are subject to change at any time. Such changes are communicated in various ways to ensure wide-spread dissemination of this information, but it remains the student's responsibility to be aware of changes that may affect his or her program of study and pursuit of a degree.