PhD Program Admissions
Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences accepts applications for our PhD training programs each fall. Our application for the entering class of 2021 is now closed. Our application for the entering class of 2022 will open on August 1, 2021.
Our PhD curriculum is an open program—you do not commit to a training track 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. If you are committed to training in neuroscience, please apply through the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science portal.
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:
- research experience
- academic achievement
- letters of recommendation
- scientific potential
- demonstration of English proficiency through the Test of English as a Foreign Language® (TOEFL®), the International English Language Testing System™ (IELTS™), or the Duolingo English Test, if applicable
After an initial screening, selected candidates are typically invited to our campus for interviews. In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), all interviews were conducted virtually for the previous admissions season, and we will provide updates on the process for the upcoming admissions season.
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. Learn more about tuition, fees, and funding.
You may submit applications to other NYU schools while applying to the Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences PhD open program. Please note that each application has a separate fee.
We do not accept the GRE® or GRE® subject test scores.
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 Vilcek 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.
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, which will open on August 1, 2021, for the 2022–23 academic year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our chat box.