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PhD Program PhD Program Admissions

PhD Program Admissions

Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences accepts applications for our PhD training programs each fall. Our application for the 2019–20 academic year is open. The application deadline is December 5.

Our PhD curriculum is an open program—you do not commit to a training track at Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences until the end of your first year and after completing two or three lab rotations. This gives you plenty of opportunities to find a mentor for your time in graduate school.

To apply, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing, with a strong background in biological, chemical, physical, or mathematical sciences. We have no minimum GPA requirement. We look for a proven track record in science and previous research experience, which should be showcased in your personal statement and letters of recommendation. You do not need to submit Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®) scores.

Generally, evaluation for admission to our open program is based on the following criteria:

After an initial screening, selected candidates are invited to our campus for interviews.

To receive more information about any particular training program, you may contact that program’s graduate advisor. However, please don’t contact faculty members solely to ask if they are accepting graduate students. We do not offer campus tours for applicants who are not invited for an interview.

You may submit applications to other NYU schools while applying to the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences PhD open program. Please note that each application has a separate fee.

Required Exams

The TOEFL® or IELTS is required for applicants whose native language is not English. We may grant exemption from the TOEFL® or IELTS if you have earned a degree from an institution where the exclusive language of instruction was English. This exemption does not apply if some classes were taught in a language other than English. TOEFL® or IELTS scores are good for two years, and no minimum score is required to apply.

Official TOEFL® score reports should be sent to NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science, institution code 2596, department code 45. IELTS scores reports should be submitted electronically to “NYU Sackler Institute of Grad Biomed Studies.” Duolingo test scores can be submitted once you receive scores by selecting “New York University Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences” from the drop-down menu.

Application Fee

There is a nonrefundable fee of $100 to apply to our PhD program. 

International Applicants

We welcome international applicants. We evaluate all applicants using the same measures and accept candidates regardless of their nationality. You do not need to provide an evaluation of your transcript if it is in English. However, if your GPA was calculated on a scale other than the 4.0 scale used in the United States, please provide an evaluation that shows the conversion of your score into one on the 4.0 scale. If your GPA was calculated on a scale of 1 to 100, you do not need to provide an evaluation.

You are welcome to use any trusted organization to evaluate your transcript. We are most familiar with World Education Services and Educational Credential Evaluators.

Applicants with Disabilities

We’re committed to providing all students with equal educational opportunities and seek to provide a hospitable working and learning environment for qualified individuals with disabilities. We encourage prospective students to apply regardless of disability. Accommodations and services are provided through NYU’s Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Students With Disabilities.

Submitting Your Online Application

You submit all application materials through our application system, including transcripts and letters of recommendation. Please do not send hard copies.

All application materials should be submitted by December 5, including submitted letters of recommendation. Applications are not reviewed until all materials are submitted.

Contact Admissions

Our office is located in Manhattan at 550 First Avenue in room 228 of the Medical Science Building.

If you have questions about the admissions process or the PhD program, call 212-263-5648 or email