PhD Programs

In keeping with our mission to train the best and most original practitioners in medical and biomedical sciences, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) offers three programs leading to a PhD degree, as well as an integrated track leading to a simultaneous MD/PhD degree.

PhD in Biomedical Science 

Today, more than at any time in history, the study of contemporary science crosses the boundaries of many disciplines; it overlaps with old and new fields and in the process creates new ones.  When new fields are developed they present opportunities to provide fresh and inventive approaches to important biomedical problems.

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at ISMMS exemplifies the changing and challenging nature of the contemporary field, and our students follow a study track that focuses on a single important research area. Students are supported in these endeavors by learning how to translate the lessons learned in the laboratory to the day to day needs of the clinic. 

PhD in Neuroscience 

The PhD in Neuroscience Program provides rigorous, multidisciplinary and highly collaborative training that emphasizes translational and transformative discoveries about the molecules, cells, circuits and behaviors that constitute nervous system function in health and disease. The program leverages the close partnership between the Icahn School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Health System hospitals to provide an extraordinary diversity of scientific and clinical strengths, fostered by close synergy across the organization including the Department of Neuroscience, The Friedman Brain Institute, Psychiatry, Neurology, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, among others.

PhD Training Areas

PhD training areas or multidisciplinary training areas (MTAs) are a core characteristic of graduate education and provide our students with the opportunity to expand their areas of study beyond the confines of one discipline. We currently have seven such training areas in which multiple departments participate:

There are currently about 180 students in the program, and the training faculty represents more than 250 research laboratories. ISMMS's research faculty continues to grow in numerous important areas of research. Students enjoy interactions with faculty and the novel programs and viewpoints they bring to the Graduate School.

ISMMS’ pre-doctoral education prepares students to take innovative approaches to scientific problems, as well as to help students investigate new ones.  Upon graduation, students are awarded the PhD degree in biomedical sciences or in neurosciences by ISMMS.

PhD in Clinical Research

The Clinical Research Education Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is an outstanding training ground for those health-science professionals interested in clinical and translational research. Applicants include clinical and postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, nurse PhDs, veterinarians, and allied health professionals, as well as MD, MD/PhD, and basic science PhD students. 

Physician Scholars PhD Program

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has long been at the forefront of challenging the traditional parameters of medical and science education. Our Physician Scholars PhD program represents one of our many commitments toward promoting the clinical and research abilities of our students.

The Physician Scholars PhD program is designed for those who already have a medical degree and later developed an interest in research, or for those who want to pursue PhD training after they have attained a clear clinical focus to better guide their PhD thesis work.  The program provides an integration of clinical training during residency/fellowship with PhD training, and offers the potential for post-residency research depending on the fellowship.