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How to Apply


Contact Ira Bedzow, Program Director, at medical_ethics@nymc.edu for additional information on applying to the Master of Science degree or the Graduate Certificate in Medical Ethics offered through the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program.

Application Deadlines

M.S./Certificate deadlines:

For fall semester – August 1

For spring semester – December 1

Applicants for M.S. degree or Graduate Certificate

Ready to apply to the M.S. or graduate certificate in medical ethics?  To apply as a matriculated or graduate certificate student, applicants must submit:

  • Completed application form
  • A nonrefundable application fee
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation written by teachers or professional colleagues who are well-positioned to comment on student's intellectual strengths and professional promise.
  • A statement of academic purpose (500 to 750 words) which should address student's purpose and interest in pursuing a degree in medical ethics, and how the degree program fits into his or her overall professional growth, focusing in particular on the connection between the program and his or her academic and/or professional experience.
  • An admissions interview may be required.
  • Proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella, for all students born on or after January 1, 1957. It is strongly recommended that proof of immunization accompany the application; if not submitted at that time, it must be submitted before registration.

If you are interested in enrolling in courses as a non-matriculating student, please contact Ira Bedzow, Program Director, at medical_ethics@nymc.edu for additional information.

Matriculated Students

If you wish to pursue the master’s degree, you must enroll as a matriculated student. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 from the undergraduate institution from which the applicant received his/her degree is generally required for those beginning studies as matriculated students (those pursuing a degree). However, the GPA (both undergraduate and graduate) is one of several factors that are considered. Other factors include the applicant’s Statement of Academic Purpose, test scores, recommendations, work experience, community involvement, and school extracurricular activities.

Non-Matriculated Students

Certificate-only students and students who are interested in auditing or enrolling in classes may enroll as non-matriculated students. Students taking 9 credits or less (non-degree) are considered non-matriculating students. All credits taken will be applied to the degree program chosen. Non-matriculating students are not eligible for financial aid (federal loans). If a student becomes a matriculated student, all credits taken will be applied to the degree program chosen.

Conditional Admissions Students

Applicants whose undergraduate GPA is under 3.0, may, at the discretion of the Admissions Review Committee, be accepted as conditional admissions students. Upon completion of a minimum of 6 and maximum of 9 credits with a grade point average of 3.0 (grades of B) or higher, the status of conditional admissions students will be reviewed and the committee may remove the conditional status and hold on the student’s continued registration. Financial aid is available per federal guidelines. If the student does not meet the 3.0 GPA criterion, he/she will be prohibited from enrolling in any further coursework and will be administratively withdrawn from the school.

Certificate Programs

Applicants to credit-bearing certificate programs only are accepted as non-matriculated students, and remain in this status for the duration of the program, even if the total number of credits exceeds nine. The admissions requirements for the graduate certificates are the same as the M.S.