Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences New York Medical College

Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences New York Medical College

Valhalla, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
July 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
9 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


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, microbiology and immunology, pathology, 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 - who are available to participate in its research and educational activities.

Ph.D. degrees are awarded in six basic medical sciences. During the first year, students undertake an interdisciplinary core curriculum of courses and rotate through laboratories throughout the Graduate School. After this first year, students choose their major discipline of study and dissertation sponsor, complete the remaining didactic requirements in the chosen discipline, and begin intensive research training. Formal course work is usually substantially completed within two years, after which the 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) credits, 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 with classes offered in the evening. The interdisciplinary M.S. degree program, offering two separate tracks, is particularly suitable for students wishing to prepare for a career in medicine, dentistry, or other health professions. The 'traditional' track is a two year program consisting entirely of evening classes while the 'Accelerated' track allows highly qualified candidates to take pre-clinical medical school courses during the day and complete the didactic portion of the program within one year.

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 breadth of knowledge in microbiology, molecular biology, and immunology as well as depth in a particular 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 research laboratories with core facilities for protein sequencing, mass spectrometry, gas or liquid (HPLC) chromatography, confocal and intravital microscopy, cell cytometry and other advanced research techniques as well as a biosafety level-3 laboratory and stem cell laboratory. The Health Sciences Library, which maintains 200,000 volumes, has an extensive collection of print and electronic journals, and a variety of online databases and search engines. 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 are also located on campus.

Financial Aid

Federal and state loan programs are available for M.S. students. Ph.D. students receive a stipend, full 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 2014-15, tuition is $975 per credit, or $15,600 annually, for a full-time master's student taking 8 credits per semester. The Accelerated Master's Program has an annual tuition rate of $36,330. Annual Ph.D. tuition is $26,600 before candidacy (first 2 years) and $4,000 after candidacy. Comprehensive medical insurance is available on an annual basis (July-June) for individuals ($4,818), student plus spouse ($9,222), or family coverage ($13,492). Insurance premiums are prorated for master's students beginning studies in August.

Living and Housing Costs

The student residences on the Valhalla campus are comprised of a garden-style apartment complex and a five building suite-style complex. The costs range from $$810 to $865 per month for furnished suite-style apartments and $630 to $1,125 for unfurnished single-student apartments. Married student apartment costs range from $1,330 for a one-bedroom apartment, $1,490 for a two-bedroom apartment, and $1,890 for a three-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 is a limited number of rooms and apartments available for graduate students on campus.

Student Group

The total college enrollment in fall 2013 was more than 1,400. There were 31 Ph.D. and 110 M.S. students in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences.


The College is located on a large suburban campus in Valhalla, New York near the Westchester Medical Center. It is 5 miles from White Plains, 25 miles north of New York City, and is easily accessible by car or public transportation.

The College

New York Medical College, a member of the Touro College and University System, was established in 1860 and is one of the largest medical schools in the country. 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 September 1 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 programs should complete their applications no later than May 1.

Specific admission requirements are available on the College website 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 all 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

Director of Admissions

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 51
    • Doctoral Degrees 6
    • 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
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


44% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 424
    • Accepted 190
    • Acceptance Rate 44
    • Enrolled 74
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • 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 September 15th 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 *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, health benefits (for PhD candidates only)

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students161
    • Female Percentage61%
    • Male Percentage39%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students161
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American14%
    • White / Caucasian32%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian26%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races12%
    • Unknown10%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty93
    • Full-time Percentage91%
    • Part-time Percentage9%
    • Female Percentage23%
    • Male Percentage77%


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