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PhD Program PhD Program Admissions

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 2022 has closed.

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.

Admissions Timeline

Application opened: August 1, 2021
Application deadline: December 1, 2021, at 5:00PM EST
Interview invitations sent: December 2021 to March 2022
Interview sessions: January to March 2022
Admissions decisions: February to April 2022
Revisit day: spring 2022
Program start date: first Wednesday of August (exact date varies year to year)

Admissions Overview

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 and welcome all academic majors. 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:

The following components make up the application for the PhD program:

  • an undergraduate transcript
  • a personal statement
  • three recommendation letters
  • a resume or CV
  • TOEFL®/IELTS, for international applicants who have not received a degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction is English
  • an application fee: $75

Applicants can request fee waivers directly within the PhD application portal.

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.

Required Exams

We do not require, and will 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 score 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.

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, Educational Credential Evaluators, or SpanTran (through our evaluation portal).

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 Moses Center for Student Accessibility.

Submitting Your Online Application

All application materials should be submitted through our application system, which opens in August 2022 for the 2023–24 academic year. While there is no need to apply early, please make sure all of your letters and materials are submitted by the deadline.

You can check the status of any missing items directly within the system. Please be sure to check periodically, as applications will not be considered complete and ready to review unless all letters of recommendation have been received. You are able to send reminders to your requested recommenders through our application system as well.

All applicants will receive an email indicating that their status has changed through our application portal.

PhD Candidate Interviews

After an initial screening, selected candidates are invited for interviews with our research faculty. In light of COVID-19, all interviews were conducted virtually for the previous admissions seasons, and we will provide updates on the process for the upcoming admissions season.

When selecting candidates to interview for the PhD program, the admissions committee values research experience, so please highlight that in your application. It will also help to let us know what research areas you are interested in, so if you are invited for an interview, we can match you with suitable faculty members. You can also indicate in the application who you would like to interview with. We have provided a tool for you to search our training faculty by research areas.

To receive more information about a particular PhD training program that we offer, you may contact the program’s graduate advisor. Select the program you’re interested in for contact information. However, please don’t contact faculty members solely to ask if they are accepting graduate students.

Please note that we receive approximately 1,300 PhD applications per year, though the numbers vary from year to year. We invite about 200 applicants to interview for our PhD program. Invitations to interview go out between December and March, and interviews take place between January and March.

At this time, we do not offer campus tours for applicants.

Admissions Decisions

PhD program admissions decisions are released between February and April. We typically accept about half of those who are invited to interview with a target of about 45 students per class.

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, or use our chat box.