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  1. There are 6 Master's degree (M.S.) programs with 3 separate tracks, 3 pre-professional Master's programs and 6 Ph.D. programs. They are:

    Accelerated Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (iBMS) - M.S.
    2-Year Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (iBMS) - M.S.
    Clinical Laboratory Sciences - M.S.
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - M.S. and Ph.D.
    Cell Biology - M.S. and Ph.D.
    Microbiology and Immunology - M.S. and Ph.D.
    Pathology - M.S. and Ph.D.
    Pharmacology - M.S. and Ph.D.
    Physiology - M.S. and Ph.D.

    Please click on Degrees & Programs for descriptions of each of these programs and their degree requirements.

    New Ph.D. students first enter the Integrated Ph.D. Program without declaring a major discipline of study. That decision is deferred for one year, during which time they undertake a core curriculum and explore research options and elective courses throughout the Graduate School. Students entering the Ph.D. with advanced standing (i.e., after completing one of our Master’s programs) or who enter as M.D./Ph.D. students may enter directly into one of the six Ph.D. disciplines.

  2. It can take anywhere from 2 to 5 years to complete the M.S. program depending upon whether you attend on a full-time or part-time basis. The average time to degree for the Ph.D. program is 5 to 6 years. Students in the Accelerated iBMS program attend classes from early August through the following mid-June, allowing all degree requirements (minus the Literature Review) to be completed within one calendar year.

  3. The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. In some programs there are specific prerequisites. Evidence of appropriate motivation and character are also considered in the admissions decision. For more information, applicants should either consult with the program director or review the specific program requirements within our website.

  4. Please click on Requirements to view the documents required for admission.

  5. Please click on Deadlines to view the GSBMS application deadlines.

    NOTE: Applications for admission cannot be processed and offers of admission cannot be made until the completed application has been submitted to the Office of Admissions. A completed application means that the application, personal statement(s), the application fee, and all supporting documentation (official transcripts, tests scores (if required), letters of recommendation) have all been received by the Office of Admissions by the deadline date.

    In order to hold a place in an incoming class, offers of admission must be accepted in writing within two weeks after the date of the offer letter. If there are any extenuating circumstances which prevent you from meeting this deadline, please notify the Office of Admissions immediately.

    Stipend awards, which are offered only to Ph.D. students, must be accepted by April 15th or by two weeks after the date of the offer letter, whichever is later. After April 15, acceptance of Ph.D. admission offers with stipend and fellowship by applicants is considered binding. That is, an applicant should not accept any other offer without first obtaining release from the offer already accepted.

  6. There is a special form for letters of recommendation that can be accessed via the online application system. If a recommender has written a letter on your behalf, that entire letter can be attached to the form or uploaded to the online recommendation site. Please note - recommendation letters may be submitted without the recommendation form. These letters must be dated, signed, and written on the letterhead of the writer’s institution and mailed directly by the writer to the Graduate School Admissions Office in a sealed envelope or submitted through Interfolio. ‌

  7. Office of Admissions
    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    New York Medical College
    Basic Sciences Building, Room A41
    Valhalla, New York 10595

  8. All supporting documents should be sent to:

    Office of Admissions
    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    New York Medical College
    40 Sunshine Cottage Road
    Basic Sciences Building, Room A41
    Valhalla, NY 10595

  9. No.

  10. GRE, MCAT, and DAT score submissions are optional for the 2-year Master's programs as well as the PhD program. Offers of admission are based on merit and evaluation of the applicant’s potential for academic success. Standardized test scores, if submitted, are among several elements that contribute to the admissions decision.

    The Accelerated iBMS Program (AMP) is highly rigorous and admission is very competitive. A minimum total MCAT score falling in the range of the 70th percentile is required in order for an applicant to be considered for this program.

  11. In order to qualify for on-campus housing you must be a matriculated full-time student. However, on-campus housing is very limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Because on-campus housing is so limited, students admitted into our Ph.D. programs are assigned housing before students admitted into our M.S. programs.

    On-campus housing is assigned in the Fall semester for the entire academic year (through June). Generally, on-campus housing cannot be obtained by students enrolling in the Spring semester.

    Please visit the Residential Life for further information.

  12. In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must be enrolled in a degree program. Master's students must be enrolled in 8 credits to qualify for full financial aid. Students enrolling for fewer credits may also be eligible for financial aid on a pro-rated basis. For an application and more information regarding financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 914-594-4491 or by reviewing the Student Financial Aid.

    International students are not eligible for student loans or government supported work/study programs. International students are expected to provide the full cost of their tuition and living expenses from their personal or family funds.

  13. Incoming Ph.D. students (both U.S. and international) may be offered a scholarship package that includes a full waiver of tuition, an annual stipend, hospitalization and medical insurance, and a waiver of the Student Health Services fee. Ph.D. students receive a modestly increased stipend after successfully passing the Doctoral Qualifying Examination.

    This offer is based on merit. Only students who plan to pursue the Ph.D. degree on a full time basis are eligible for these scholarships.

  14. The Graduate School classifies all Ph.D. students as Graduate Research Associates. It does not distinguish between students on scholarship and those holding research assistantships. There are no teaching assistantships available.

    Most of the Ph.D. programs require their Ph.D. students to assist in the medical school and/or M.S. graduate education programs as lab instructors or small group facilitators. All of the Ph.D. programs require extensive laboratory work to be performed by the Ph.D. student. These activities, however, are components of the educational program leading to the Ph.D. degree, and are not considered to constitute separate employment duties.

    Limited opportunities for individual tutoring or extracurricular teaching assistance do exist, and students who undertake these duties are compensated accordingly.

    M.S. students may qualify for positions as laboratory research assistants, and would receive a salary for these duties. These positions are filled by the investigators responsible for each research project.

  15. No.

  16. Please visit Tuition to review the current tuition costs & corresponding fees.

  17. Registration begins in mid-June for the Fall semester, mid-November for the Spring semester, and early May for the summer session. Course offerings are made available at the same time registration begins.

  18. Fall Semester - August through late December. Spring Semester - early January through May. Summer Semester - June through July. The Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Dental Linker and Accelerated iBMS Programs follow a different schedule, starting earlier (in July or early August) and ending in June.

  19. Courses are scheduled from Monday through Friday throughout the year. Most classes are held in the evening between 4:00 and 8:00 pm. There are no evening classes held on Fridays. The Accelerated iBMS, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and Dental Linker programs hold classes throughout the day.