Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. When is the best time to contact the Admissions Office?
The GSBMS Admissions Office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Office can be reached:
by phone: 914-594-4110
by fax: 914-594-4944
by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make sure you check the ApplyYourself system periodically to assess the status of your application. Sign back into the ApplyYourself Application Network using your PIN and Password; the status page will display what documents have been received as well as those still outstanding. If a reminder needs to be sent to a recommender, you can do that within the application system as well..
2. What programs do you offer?
There are 8 Master's degree (M.S.) programs and 6 Ph.D. programs. They are:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - M.S. and Ph.D.
Cell Biology - M.S. and Ph.D.
Experimental Pathology - M.S. and Ph.D.
Microbiology and Immunology - M.S. and Ph.D.
Pharmacology - M.S. and Ph.D.
Physiology - M.S. and Ph.D.
Basic Medical Sciences (Interdisciplinary) - M.S.
Accelerated Master’s Program – M.S.
Please click on 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.
3. How long does it take to complete the M.S. program or the Ph.D. program?
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 Master’s 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.
4. What are the general requirements for admission?
The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an overall Grade Point Average of 3.00 or better. In some programs there are specific prerequisites. Standardized test scores (GRE, DAT, or MCAT, see below) and 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
5. What documents are required for admission?
Please click on Requirements to view the documents required for admission.
6. What is the deadline for submitting an application to GSBMS?
Please click on Application 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, two personal statements, the application fee, and all supporting documentation (official transcripts, tests scores, 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.
7. What if I miss any of the deadline dates?
We will do our best to accommodate applications received after any of the specified deadline dates if there are admission slots available. However, there is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the semester of your choice, or that financial aid and/or on-campus housing will be available.
8. Is there a form for the Letter of Recommendation?
There is a special form for letters of recommendation that can be downloaded from this website (Letter of Recommendation Form), or 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.
9. To whom should the Letters of Recommendation be addressed?
Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences
New York Medical College
Basic Sciences Building, Room A41
Valhalla, New York 10595
10. Where should the application and/or supporting documentation be sent?
All supporting documents should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences
New York Medical College
Basic Sciences Building, Room A41
Valhalla, NY 10595
If you send your documents by FedEx, include the street address 40 Sunshine Cottage Road in the delivery address.
11. Can I apply to more than one program at a time?
12. Is there a minimum score for the GRE's, MCAT's or TOEFL ?
No minimum score has been set. Offers of admission, however, are based on merit and evaluation of the applicant’s potential for academic success. Standardized test scores, therefore, are considered carefully and are an important element, among several that contribute to the admissions decision.
13. Am I eligible for on-campus housing?
In order to qualify for on-campus housing you must be a matriculated 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 Office of Student Housing’s website for further information.
14. Am I eligible for Financial Aid?
In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must be enrolled in a degree program. Ph.D. students must be enrolled for 12 credits and Master's students must be enrolled for 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 Planning website.
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.
15. Are there scholarships available for Ph.D. students?
Incoming Ph.D. students 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.
16. Are there teaching assistant or research assistant positions available?
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 in addition to the normal Ph.D. stipend.
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.
17. Are tuition scholarships available to Master's students?
18. What is the cost of attending your institution?
Please visit the Office of Student Financial Planning to review the current tuition costs & corresponding fees.
19. When is registration?
In-person registration for the Fall semester occurs in early August. Spring semester in-person registration occurs in early January.
20. When do classes begin and end?
Classes for the Fall usually begin in August and run until mid-December. For the Spring semester, classes usually begin in mid-January and run until early May. For the Summer session, classes are held from early June through the end of July.
21. When are courses scheduled?
Courses are scheduled from Monday through Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters. Most classes are held in the evening between 4:00 and 8:00 pm. The Accelerated Master’s program holds classes throughout the day. The course schedule is available approximately six weeks prior to in-person registration.