PhD Program Admissions
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is widely recognized for its excellence in education, basic and clinical research, patient care and service to our community. ISMMS seeks to attract individuals of diverse backgrounds, who have the ability and potential to become researchers, scholars, and practitioners dedicated to excellence in their chosen career paths. Applicants for admission are considered based on their total qualifications. Factors that are considered include intellectual capability and academic achievement, motivation and potential for a career in the sciences, enthusiasm for shaping one’s own learning experience, personal maturity, and conformity to the School’s standards of character and health.
Applications are invited from students who have completed their undergraduate degree with a major in the sciences. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and some prior independent research experience. The Program admits only students who wish to pursue the Ph.D. degree on a full-time basis.
All offers of admission to Icahn School of Medicine are provisional, pending receipt and evaluation of final transcripts. Transcripts must be sent directly from the appropriate Registrar’s Office to the ISMMS Admissions Office. These and all other materials requested by the Registrar in conjunction with the admissions process must be received to complete a student’s enrollment. Submission of false or misleading information in the application materials or in connection with the application process will be considered by the Admissions Committee and/or the Student Committee for Academic Review as grounds for withdrawal of the acceptance offer, dismissal, or rescission of degree.
Students who have, or will have completed baccalaureate programs and who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences research should apply online and submit required documents for consideration. Most applicants have completed the following courses: general biology, general chemistry, general physics, organic chemistry (2 semesters), mathematics (through integral calculus), and an introductory course in biochemistry. In special instances some of these requirements may be waived as a prerequisite for admission. Arrangements will have to be made to take them later, e.g., biochemistry may be taken during the summer before matriculation. In addition, it is desirable for applicants to have taken advanced science courses. It is very important for applicants to have had basic science research experience. Letters from research mentors and written comments from the applicant about prior research experience are major components of the application file.
Students who wish to transfer from another institution to a ISMMS degree-granting program must apply for admission through the regular ISMMS application process. Students who have completed the qualifying exam for their PhD at another institution will be required to pass the thesis proposal exam at ISMMS. Students who have passed their PhD thesis proposal exam at another institution cannot transfer to a ISMMS PhD program. The deadline for receipt of completed application packets is December 1, but early submission is highly recommended for full competition for fellowships. Applicants should indicate their field(s) of greatest interest. In addition to the application form and required fee, the applicant must supply official final transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, and official scores in either the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE – verbal, quantitative, analytical) or MCAT. Applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit official scores of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) along with a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts from the World Education Service (WES). Applicants who have received a bachelor’s degree in the United States need not submit TOEFL results. Applicants who, on the basis of their submitted application materials, are being seriously considered for the Program, will be invited for interviews. The requirement for these interviews may be exchanged for a telephone or internet interview, if geographical is a barrier. The Admissions Committee of the Graduate School will consider all the data on each applicant before making its decision.
- December 1 – Application deadline
- January 8 – February 3 – Interviews begin
- Offers of admissions are made on a rolling basis.
- April 15 – matriculation decision is due.