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Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences New York Medical College

  • Valhalla, NY
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 56%44%
    student ratio
  • 171
    total students
  • $47,890 | $47,890
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Programs of Study

The Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences (GSBMS) of New York Medical College offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology, cell biology, pathology, microbiology and immunology, pharmacology, and physiology, plus an interdisciplinary M.S. degree in basic medical sciences. The full-time faculty of 80 basic medical scientists, with their individual and collaborative research programs, great depth of knowledge, and classroom experience, provide an intellectually challenging yet supportive environment to those students with the requisite talent and motivation. These internal assets are supplemented by the graduate school's plentiful access to other experts in clinical research, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, and public health, all of whom are available to participate in its research and educational activities.

Ph.D. degrees are awarded in 6 basic medical sciences. During their 1st years, students undertake an interdisciplinary core curriculum of courses and rotate through laboratories throughout GSBMS. After their first years, students choose their major disciplines of study and dissertation sponsors, complete the remaining didactic requirements in the chosen disciplines, and begin intensive research training. Formal course work is usually substantially completed within 2 years, after which each student completes the qualifying exam, forms a dissertation advisory committee, presents a formal thesis proposal, and devotes his or her primary effort to the dissertation research project.

The M.S. degree program requires completion of 30 to 32 credits, depending upon the discipline and specific track chosen. Two M.S. degree sequences are available: (1) a research program consisting of 25 didactic (i.e., classroom-based) and up to 5 research credits and a research thesis, or (2) a program consisting of 29 to 32 didactic credits and a scholarly literature review. The M.S. degree program is earned on a full- or part-time basis in evening classes. The interdisciplinary M.S. degree program is particularly suitable for students wishing to prepare for careers in medicine, dentistry, or other health professions. An accelerated track within this program allows completion of the degree requirements within one year by highly qualified candidates.

The Department of Cell Biology offers training in cell biology and neuroscience leading to careers in academia and industry. Ongoing research includes studies of oncogene expression and cytokines; intracellular mechanisms of pulmonary arterial hypertension; modulation of neuronal and astrocytic signaling; hemorrhage and neuroprotection in the developing brain; aging and preservation of oocytes and ovarian tissue; growth control in skeletal muscle; signal transduction in a variety of tissues, including platelets, the retina, muscle cells, and the Drosophila nervous system; intracellular protein trafficking and degradation; cytoskeletal and receptor function; the development and regeneration of the visual system; apoptosis in glaucoma; extracellular matrices and limb development; spinal cord injury; molecular mechanisms of neuroplasticity; learning and memory; Alzheimer's disease; and modulation of seizures.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts and applications of modern biochemistry and molecular biology. Areas of research include protein structure and function, enzyme reaction mechanisms, regulation of gene expression, mechanisms of hormone action and cell signaling, enzymology, mechanisms of DNA replication and repair, cell-cycle regulation, control of cell growth, molecular biology of cancer cells and the cancer process, mechanisms of nutrition and cancer prevention, molecular neurobiology and studies of neurodegenerative disorders, and the aging process.

The Department of Pathology offers a vigorous multidisciplinary milieu for training in experimental pathology. The programs focus on the comprehensive study of pathogenic mechanisms of human disease. Areas of interest in the department include examination of the underlying mechanisms involved in biochemical toxicology, cancer cell biology, cell-cycle regulation and apoptosis, chemical carcinogenesis, and tissue engineering.

In the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, students acquire a broad acquaintance with microbiology, molecular biology, and immunology as well as depth in an elective field. Areas available for thesis research include molecular biology of tumor cells, cancer vaccines, the role of stem cells in cancer, bacterial genetics, pathogenesis of infectious disease, structure and function of influenza virus antigens, molecular virology, and the biochemistry and genetics of emerging bacterial pathogens.

The Department of Pharmacology emphasizes training in research methods for examining the mechanism of action of drugs at the systemic, cellular, and subcellular levels. Areas of research include investigation into the therapeutic and pathophysiologic role of bioactive lipids (eicosanoids) in cancer, ophthalmology, and cardiovascular diseases including hypertension, kidney disease, stroke, diabetes, atherosclerosis and inflammatory conditions, cytochrome P-450 function and control, patch-clamp analysis of ion transport, and the roles of vasoactive hormones and inflammatory cytokines in hypertension end-organ damage and cardiovascular function.

The Department of Physiology provides students with an understanding of the function of the body's cells and organ systems and the mechanisms for regulation of these functions. Research opportunities include cellular neurophysiology, regulation of sleep and awake states, neural and endocrine control of the heart and circulation, microcirculation, the physiology of gene expression, heart failure, and the physiological effects of oxygen metabolites.

Research Facilities

The college has an extensive laboratory complex in the basic medical and clinical sciences. The Basic Sciences Building houses the medical sciences library, which maintains 200,000 volumes, an extensive collection of print and electronic journals, and a variety of online databases and search engines. There is also a fully accredited comparative medicine facility, a well-equipped and staffed instrumentation shop, a variety of classrooms and conference rooms, a bookstore, a cafeteria, and student lounges.

Financial Aid

Federal and state loan programs are available for M.S. students. Ph.D. students receive a stipend and tuition remission, medical insurance, and combinations of college fellowships and research assistantships. The Office of Student Financial Planning should be consulted for information on federal and state loan programs.

Cost of Study

In 2013-2014, tuition is $910 per credit, or $14,560 annually, for a full-time master's student taking 8 credits per semester. The Accelerated Master's Program has an annual tuition rate of $34,600. Annual Ph.D. tuition is $21,840 before candidacy (first 2 years) and $4000 after candidacy. Comprehensive medical insurance is available on an annual basis for individuals ($3,622), student plus spouse ($6,933), or family ($10,145) coverage.

Living and Housing Costs

The student residences on the Valhalla campus are comprised of a garden-style apartment complex and a 5-building suite-style complex. The costs range from $$785 to $810 per month for furnished suite-style apartments and $614 to $1,120 for unfurnished single-student apartments. Married student apartment costs range from $1265 for a one-bedroom apartment, $$1,460 for a 2-bedroom apartment, and $1,845 for a 3-bedroom apartment (families with children). All apartments include kitchens with a full-size refrigerator, microwave, and an oven/stove. A student center, in the center of the complex, offers a coin-operated laundry room and an exercise center with a weight room and cardio-fitness room equipped with Stairmasters, treadmills, and stationary bicycles. Students interested in applying for housing should contact the Associate Director of Student and Residential Life, Administration Building (phone: 914-594-4832 or e-mail:, well in advance in order to make housing arrangements. Housing is not guaranteed; there are a limited number of rooms and apartments available for graduate students on campus.

Student Group

The total college enrollment in fall 2011 was 1,483. There were 37 Ph.D. and 129 M.S. students in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences.


The college campus is located in the Westchester Medical Center campus, 5 miles from White Plains and 28 miles north of New York City.

The College

New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System, is one of the largest medical schools in the country and was established in 1860. Graduate education at the college began informally in 1910. Graduate degrees were offered as early as 1938, and a graduate division was established in 1963.


Applications for admission may be submitted from September1 through July 1. For optimal review of credentials and consideration for financial aid and housing, however, applications for fall enrollment into Ph.D. programs should be received by January 1. International applicants to the master's degree program should complete their applications no later than May 1. Specific admission requirements are available on the College Web site at: Academics/SchoolOfBasicMedicalSciences/Admissions/Requirements.html. Students must apply online at the college website. Ph.D. program applicants must submit GRE General Test scores. Applicants for the Accelerated Master's Program must submit scores for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Applicants for other M.S. programs may submit either GRE, MCAT, or DAT (Dental Admission Test) scores. International students are required to submit results of the TOEFL. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate) and 2 letters of recommendation from teachers or scientists personally familiar with the applicant must be submitted directly by the school or recommenders separately.

Location & Contact

Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences

New York Medical College

Valhalla, NY 10595-1691
United States

Dr. Francis Belloni


Phone: 914-594-4110
Fax: 914-594-4944

Valerie Romeo-Messana

Admission Coordinator

Phone: 914-594-4110
Fax: 914-594-4944

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Biological And Biomedical Sciences Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 54
    • Doctoral Degrees 16
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Required and Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


37% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 420
    • Accepted 157
    • Acceptance Rate 37
    • Enrolled 70
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 1st May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st October 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, MCAT or DAT
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$47,890
    • Out-of-state tuition *$47,890
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$1,266.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Tuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, health benefits (for PhD candidates only)

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students171
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students171
    • Part-time Percentage3%
    • Full-time Percentage97%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian47%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian27%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander1%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown10%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty96
    • Full-time Percentage95%
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Female Percentage19%
    • Male Percentage81%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchCardiovascular science, infectious diseases, neuroscience, cancer, cell signaling
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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